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“There are more than Two Hot Tamales”
Review of Mexicana Mama - CLOSED

Mexicana Mama
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Seating
Neighborhood: West Village
Description: Authentic Mexican cooking for gourmets, in a miniscule West Village spot.
New York City, New York
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278 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“There are more than Two Hot Tamales”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Tiny, storefront sized place (seats maybe twenty at tables, five at a counter) with dishes that are head and shoulders above what you find at the majority of NYC's Mexican restaurants, whether big or small. Enormous care appears to be taken with preparation, everything cooked to order, so don't expect "fast" food either in pacing or quality. On our first visit, we had a chile relleno that was among the best we've ever had in NYC (both of us reared in the South West on Mexican food), a fish-taco special with a wonderfully fiery habanero sauce, excellent guacamole (that tasted, as it should, primarily of avocado), and perfectly cooked rice and black beans. The staff is welcoming, attentive, and informal. We arrived at about 5:15pm and most tables were free. By the time we left, roughly an hour later, it was standing-room only. So you might want to avoid prime dining hours if you're on a tight schedule. We can't wait to go back.

  • Visited April 2013
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Albany, California
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Delicious soup, cozy atmosphere”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I was in the mood for something light, so I had a spicy broth with fresh avocado and corn in it, and some grilled corn on the cob. The beer selection was good and sitting along the wall with the heater on under my seat, was super cozy and fun.

  • Visited March 2013
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Staten Island, New York, United States
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Tasty Mexican food in NYC”
Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Bit pricey and not the kind of place to get your bang for your buck but the atmosphere is nice and the food is yummy. They prepare each dish nicely. Staff is friendly, very on top of things, knows the menu well. The restaurant is very small so don't expect much privacy. I will return someday.

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New York City, New York
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“I could eat here every night. Healthy & creative.”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

I have eaten at this restaurant - or gotten take out or delivery - at least once a week for the past 7-8 years. Yes, it's true. This place has my absolute favorite Mexican. It's not your average fried menu and you don't get heaps of rice and beans. This is Mexican taken to the next level. It's healthy and it's creative. And beyond delicious. I would say their habanero sauce is their signature dish (sauce). My stand-by dish is the chicken burrito with habanero sauce. You can substitute a salad (with their superb salad dressing) in place of the rice. Doesn't come with refried beans!! Really one of my favorite places in NYC. Yes, it's a very, very small spot - so there's often a line. Luckily I live nearby. Super, super casual and funky. Blue walls, plastic chihuahua tea light holders, fake plastic grapes. In the wonderful West Village.

  • Visited August 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Another great birthday restaurant!”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

OK, warning - it is very small so be warned - you may have to wait. BUT IT"S TOTALLY WORTH IT! Was recommended this restaurant by the concierge at the SoHo Trump Hotel. She warned that 3 margaritas would put us on our fannies. We stopped at 2 because we could tell she did not exaggerate! We had THE BEST salsa I have ever had here - it was emulsified with poblano peppers and had a creamy texture. This is authentic mexican with awesome flavours. Only downside - no tamales. but seeing the size of the kitchen, I can totally understand - they don't have the room for it.

Visited January 2012
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