Celebrating Mexico City’s Annual Mole Festival at Maya in NYC

Maya NYC mole festival east end taste

Maya, a lively authentic Mexican restaurant and tequila bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, serves up top rated modern classics and is most famous for their bottomless brunch margarita brunch. Recently, Chef Richard Sandoval unveiled a new, limited-time menu at Maya (and his other NYC concept restaurant, Zengo), that will be available through March 31st.

In honor of Mexico City’s annual Mole Festival, Maya has introduced four moles, the national dish of Mexico. Mole is a colorful, sweet or spicy sauce with blends of spices, herbs and sometimes up to twenty traditional ingredients. Mole Festival dishes include Red Mole Cazuela with Guajillo and casacabel chiles, beef shank, cured cactus leaves, avocado leaves, pickled red onions, and soft corn tortillas; Mole Pipian; Mole Negro Enchiladas; and White Mole Chicken.

Maya NYC mole festival east end taste
Oaxacan Old Fashioned

The cocktail menu for the Mole Festival includes a Oaxacan Old Fashioned with Reposada tequila, mezcal, agave nectar, angostura bitters and orange peel. The special Mole menu is available at dinner only and is not part of the weekend bottomless brunch.

You may also choose to sample all four moles by ordering Moles & Tortillas: house-made corn tortillas, cactus salad, panela cheese, cured onions ($15).

Maya NYC mole festival east end taste
Red Mole Cazuela // Images courtesy of Maya

If you do wish to visit for their bottomless margarita brunch, you are in for a real treat and it is essential that you come extra hungry. The brunch includes unlimited small plates and free-flowing brunch cocktails for $49 per guest ($36 for bottomless food only, $15 for kids). If ordered, bottomless brunch must be enjoyed by the whole table. There is a two hour limit per table. Guacamole is not included in the bottomless menu.

Notable dishes to try on the brunch menu include Chilaquiles Divorciados: poached eggs, tortillas, red sauce, green sauce, and black beans; Mexico City Style Corn on the Cob; Squash Blossom Quesadilla: corn masa, squash blossom, poblano chiles, toasted corn, and three salsas; and Pan Dulce: Mexican french toast, chipotle cajeta, nutella, bananas, and whipped crema fresca. I must recommend ordering the guacamole in addition to, it is the best guacamole I have ever had: smooth, not watery, fresh, and beautifully seasoned.

Maya is open for dinner nightly beginning at 5pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm. Happy Hour begins at 4pm Monday-Friday, and at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Happy Hour is available at the bar only.

https://www.eatmaya.com // 212-585-1818

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