33 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.734694 -74.000308
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Maracas Bad Times In The Village – Last weekend a few friends and I decided to stop at Maracas for their brunch. Their service, food - drinks used to be excellent but now they are back at square one. To summarize the experience:
1) 30 minutes before the waiter even came to greet us
2) THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO CHARGE $3.00 DOLLARS FOR EXTRA CHIPS AND AN OVER CUMIN FLAVORED, WATER DOWN SALSA!
3) Waiter got order wrong or perhaps kitchen
4) They monitor time at table so they save on the "All you can drink scam brunch"
5) Used the cheapest tequila possible to make Margaritas - we all know good tequila and mixer does no a yellow margarita make
6) Staff lack customer service skills - perhaps it's not staff but the MANAGER since it starts at the top
7) Ground beef poured over the tostada salad looks like Alpo with water
8) Water glasses are spotty - PLEASE USE CASCADE!
9) Utensils are tarnished
10) Get rid of those UGLY GREEN PLASTIC table covers = TACKY!
So if you wish to waste your money - this is the place to come to or you may decide to take the time to research and indeed find BETTER Mexican places as we have which are truly worth the money we need to work for so very hard these recession days.
P.S. The only reason I gave a 1 star rating is because if I did not the review would not publish. My real rating = NEGATIVE 10 Stars
Cindy, Vixen and Shadow
Really bad food! – I met some friends here for dinner and drinks after work. Drinks - good. Food - some of the worst food I have ever eaten. The chopped meat (whatever they call it, it is sloppy-joe like) taco was inedible. And funny, they required a credit card to make a reservation. When I got there I expected a nice place, not a glorified restaurant bar, which is what it is. Go for drinks, not for food.
Best quesidillahs – I like the rice and the salsa sauce, homefries, chicken chalatas, avacados, and the taco/burritos. Soups are also spicy and delicious. Mines well save this place for a special treat on a rainy day
Sub par food and drink. There are tons of better places! – I went here with some friends for brunc a couple weeks back and I will not be returning. There are way to many better brunch spots in NY.
My gripe is that the food and drinks are subpar.
I got a steak wrap or something and the unlimited drinks add-on which is $5.
You get unlimited drinks from 90 minutes from the point you are seated. The server actually writes the time you are seated on a card on your table. A bit tacky, I think. And if the bar or your server is running slow, it's not really the most fair deal.
The mimosas were all OJ with a splash of champagne. I've never had such a weak mimosa anywhere.
The food was nasty. The steak in my dish was like ground up dog food and they breakfast potatos were mashed potatos.
They charge extra for everything.
Basically, i felt insulted by the food and the drink. Why offer an unlimited drink special and the insult your patrons by serving OJ with a splash of champagne? Why is the food quality so low here--this is NY!
The vibe is festive, the service was good, but to me quality of food and drink is more important.
Great place to party...with your food! – Kicked off a bacholorette party dinner at Maracas on Saturday evening...and what a kick off it was! Colleen, one of the managers not only assisted with the stress free preparations but ensured a stress free time with festivities that included spinning disco globes, Mexican sombreros, and without request played the song "Going to the Chapel!" What a celebration when the entire restaurant stops to sing along with you! Drinks were strong but good, food was delicious...the stuffed chicken is a must try that was recomended by Raul a hottie waiter with a killer smile and excellent service! Everything about this place from the management, service staff, to other patrons was certainly something to keep coming back for!
Great place for a birthday dinner! – I had a birthday dinner here in June on a Tuesday and I was very pleased! The atmosphere is really fun and the food is good/reasonably priced. It wasn't too loud but not too quiet either. The drinks were delicious and very nicely decorated. Their birthday package including a tequila shot, a cake, and a sombrero was really fun!
So much for a good thing – It amazes me why places go from bad to good and then go back to being terrible.
It is true what other reviews say about Maracas now days. THEY have the nerve to charge $3.00 dollars for additional chips and salsa. Next time (if there is a next time) I will bring my own bag of chips and salsa that does not taste like you are swallowing bags of cumin. Can someone tell the Salsa maker at Maracas to check his/her taste buds?
The food is lousy. I ordered that tostada salad and though I had requested the Chicken one I received the beef and it look like ALPO poured over lettuce!
The prices have gone up for the brunch and that is cool BUT do the service and food have to suffer as well?
The waiter was nice and attempted to be accommodating but at the end the experience which used to be a good has returned to being a horrible one.
There are indeed better places in NYC than Maracas ....too bad management seems to be changing the place so often..
Do not waste your time or money on this place
Amazing food and drinks – I often visit with my friends or even alone, and everytime I leave full and with a smile on my face. It has great service and not so bad prices!!
Fun Atmosphere – This place if full of energy. It's a relaxing atmosphere and the prices and food is very good. I have been here a few times and always enjoy it. I always have the flautas, which always leaves me wanting more. Great for large groups and parties.
Strong Drinks, Great Atmosphere – I went here for the first time in July and again this past weekend. Both times we celebrated a friend's birthday. We had the same waiter (Nino) both times and he was a great, sweet, and knowledgable server! He even recommended a dessert for us to try (I don't know the name of it but it tasted like warm nacho chip shaped cinnamon toast crunch with ice cream on it. Ask for it, it's amazing.
The drinks are strong but in my personal opinion when I'm paying $16.00 for one I want them to be! They make a mean Long Island Iced Tea. I highly recommend it! Don't let the price deter you; their $16.00 drinks are 23 oz - so you figure you're almost paying for the size of two drinks really. If you're celebrating a friend's birthday be sure to let them know. Birthday music will come over the speakers throughout the whole restaurant and servers will bring a piece of birthday cake and a shot of tequila out to your birthday boy/girl, give them a sombrero, and take their picture with a polaroid camera for a keepsake! (Warning this costs $10 but I think it's $10 well spent!)
One other thing to note: I don't think I'd recommend this place for a first date. The music can be very loud so if you don't know the person well, it's probably not the "intimate" atmosphere you're looking for.
If you plan on going here my advice is to make reservations the day before. We did this both times we visited and were able to walk right in without waiting. The last time we called them to tell them we were running 5 minutes late and they were very gracious about it. Great atmosphere, drinks, service, food - the total package as far as restaurants are concerned! I plan to return again soon (and this time I won't wait till another friend's birthday rolls around!)
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