Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


304 E. 6th St. (Second Ave.) Send to Phone
212-253-5888 | Menu
Come for the cocktails, stay for the under-the-radar Mexican dishes.

Dinner nightly
Open late

* Click here for rating key

Mayahuel, New York, NY

Mayahuel Restaurant Review

: From the cocktail shakers who brought you the bar Death & Co. comes this mezcal-centered bar and restaurant. The bi-level space looks like a hidden drinking den in Mexico City: colorful tile-topped tables and intimate nooks on the ground floor give way to bordello chic on the second. Nearly all of the cocktails feature mezcal (and a few with tequila), and nearly all work well (especially the three-jalapeño-tequila Slight Detour and the mezcal and crème de cacao 17th Century)---though the tiny portions and high price tag ($13) can drain the fun out of getting seconds or thirds. The food menu, however, is a reasonably priced sleeper hit. The pork in the tacos al pastor may be a tad dry but will hit the spot nonetheless, while the black bean-filled, plantain-encrusted croquettes show complexity. The fresh ceviche and braised pork belly are also menu standouts.
Check out hot NYC restaurants to try right now
Hot NYC Restaurants to Try Right Now

GAYOT's hottest NYC restaurants include an opulent chophouse, French fine-dining restaurant and a healthy paradise for vegetarians.

Find ideas for Mother's Day, including gifts and brunch restaurants
Mother's Day Guide

Find ideas for Mother's Day, including brunch restaurants, gifts and wines with GAYOT's Mother's Day Guide.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.