Mamajuana Cafe - UWS
Mamajuana Cafe - UWS

Mamajuana Cafe - UWS

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://uws.mamajuana-cafe.com/Presentation/index.aspx
  • Phone: 2123621514
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am (kitchen until 12:00am), Sunday: 5:00pm - 2:00am (kitchen until 12:00am); Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Cardona
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Monday - Friday
    Happy hour 5PM-8PM
    Thursdays
    Flamenco Night

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 87th & 88th St
  • Public Transit: Directions Subway: Red Line (#1) to 86 St - Broadway.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street Parking.
A word from Mamajuana Cafe - UWS
Mamajuana Cafe is a unique dining experience with deeply rooted traditions dating back centuries brought back to life for the 21st century diner by chef Ricardo Cardona, a pioneer of Nuevo Latino Cuisine.



If you're looking to sit back and relax then you will undoubtedly enjoy sinking in one of our plush sofas in our bar area while gazing at an illuminant display of orchids. Come and experience Mamajuana Cafe and Wine Bar, and take a voyage back to tradition, history and unique dining.
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Mamajuana Cafe - UWS reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating2.5
  • Food2.8
    Service2.4
  • Ambiance2.5
    Noise LevelModerate
0% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)neighborhood gem (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • A little disappointed
    Pena
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I've been to mamajuana up in dyckman and I love it, so I didn't think that going to the one at the UWS would be any different but I was wrong. The food was too salty I couldn't even eat it. The menu makes it seem like mamajuana is a Mexican restaurant which is insane to me. Is a Dominican style restaurant and I think they should all stick to that. I was honestly disappointed. Aside the food being horrible, the service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and catered to all our needs. I'm definitely not going back here. I'll stick to mamajuana up in dyckman for sure!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place.
    FatSlim007
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was okay. Drinks were okay. Overall, okay. Nothing spectacular. A bit expensive relative to the food quality. Service could be a smidge better. I would come back for the drinks, maybe.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Soireedenise
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Its was horrible second time making a resv. N disappointed they said they dont lunch on saturdays n i had a confirm email. It was my mothers bday so i was embarrassed. i myself work at a restaurant so i know how it goes. Never returning back. I have heard people say the service sucks and im sorry but they are correct. If arent open a certain day close it on opentable !!! They didnt even apologize.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Would not recommend to anyone
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Many items on the menu were not available.... Waitress appeared non involved... She was not friendly
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, bad service
    goodforkVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Bought a groupon for this restaurant as it was recommended to me by a friend. I thought overall the food, and the restaurant were good. I really enjoyed it. The service on the other hand could use extra training. Perhaps it was an off night, or just the particular waitress we had. We ordered drinks and appetizers, but then it took a solid 30 minutes before we had to waive down another waitress to get a drink. The wait for food was a bit longer than usual as well but I'm not as bothered as I am by the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we do not have a high review
    latinfoodlover
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We had been looking forward to our get together and found out that there were vegetarian options for our group. When we came, it felt like the folks who served us were inattentive and unprofessional.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pickyeater 43
    Pickyeater43
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I came here with a group if 8 to celebrate my hysbsnd's birthday. We were seated in a corner facing the wall when we asked to sit near the window. A bar blocked us from the rest of the restaurant. We waited 25 minutes for the server to take our order. We waited 30 minutes between courses for the food to arrive. We asked fir our children's meals to arrive first. They came last when the kids were falling asleep at the table. I ordered the Paella, which arrived luke warm with an over cooked lobster tail and extremely salty. I tried to send it back but the server never showed up until the end of the meal again. The waiter never came to check on us to see whether we needed drunk refills or anything else. They had the gall to add 18 percent tip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 127 reviews are from the Mamajuana Cafe - UWS reviews archive.
  • DON'T GO
    oukid
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This place was once a great dining experience, until it fell victim to catering to the party scene on Dyckman St. The music is so loud like being in a night club, bass pumping your brains out and churning your stomach into a tight knot. I couldn't talk to my friend across the table, we had to scream. The food was once superb. The puerquito was dry. And where at one time right away when you walked in there was some elegance and upper scale ambience to the whole place, greeted by a sophisticated hostess, all in line with the higher prices you were willing to pay, now even the servers and hostess give out Welcome to the party!! Kind of silly and not worth the torture. STAY AWAY FROM MAMAJUANA.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service.
    Fooluvr321
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Went here with a groupon on Friday night. They were nice enough to accommodate us even though we were late. There is a fine print in the groupon telling you which items you CANNOT order. Waiter added additional items to this list which I was upset about because I wanted to try the roasted pork. I felt mislead, discussed it and the waiter wouldn't budge. I didn't argue. Waiter was very unattentive but the food was quite tasty! Gratuity was ADDED to the bill which is upsetting, i tip based on service and he was MIA most of the time. Restrooms had ice cold faucet water and toilet paper not in holders. Food was good but wouldn't recommend this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad costumer service.. Very
    Annoyed
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Bad costumer service.. Very discriminating.. Herd the waiters talk among each other to watch us that we may walk out. Also even we reserved our seats we had wait and also got pass on by other people who just came in.. Only bright spot was the food and setting..
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleased
    david
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was great. Highly recommend the ceviche. Service was ok...we asked for paella with no chorizo ( i dont eat meat or chicken) and it had chorizo. It was changed immediately, but still annoying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Latin Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Mamajuana Cafe is a great place for an intimate dinner. I went for a dinner with my boyfriend and the ambience was very romantic. The crab dumpling appetizers were incredible. Perfect place for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good experience. Fast
    tonyclem
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Very good experience. Fast friendly service, high quality food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Try At Least Once
    MIMI
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Every dish was on point. The grilled octopus, sweet plantain stuffed with cod fish and the ribeye was perfectly seasoned. The portions a pretty filling. The music was loud but it was after 11pm when it becomes more loungy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh food with presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I went for a late dinner, but the place got busy after 9:00 I enjoyed the fresh green salad with goat cheese on crostini. I had the Yucatan Shrimp Roll, served with fresh greens. I would definitely go back and try other fish dishes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No wow factor
    Nicelysurprised
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We went during happy hour and the drinks while good, had too much ice for a 6oz drink. The food was just okay.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful surprise
    Nance
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We took friends to celebrate a birthday there never having been before. The restaurant was pretty empty, but it was Monday and a lot of people do not eat out that night. The service was better than in some 4 star restaurants, friendly, concerned, diligent and charming and eager to please. The food was varied and so delicious and the portions too big but very generous. We will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid experience.
    WhatDoIKnowVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Food was good, service was all right, and it was a beautiful day. Can't complain.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazingly quiet for a young
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Amazingly quiet for a young people place. Nice decoration. Good food and friendly service
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration was a Blast!
    Elenita
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    From the time we arrived at the restaurant, we were greated by a warm and friendly staff and immediately seated. Our waiter, DANIEL, was happy, funny, knowledgeable, and bilingual. We were there to celebrate my brother's and aunt's(90) birthdays. Daniel's recommendations for drinks were on point! His knowledge of the menu, especially the specials, was superb. Everyone was very happy with their selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlimited mimosas. Enough said.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    I came here with a friend for brunch last Sunday and it was great! We were seated right away and my first glass of mimosa came out before I even set down my napkin. They were really on top of refilling everyone's drinks (unlimited mimosas or blood marys with any brunch entree). I had the steak churrasco and eggs and they were delicious (my friend had the dominican burger and it was equally mouth watering). I was not a fan of their home fries, but the cheese fries that came with my friend's burger were AMAZING! I would definitely come again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The experience was just okay.
    wannabeafoodcritc
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    The experience was just okay. The drinks were decent and we had high hopes for the food, but it was really just fair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had been meaning to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    I had been meaning to try Mamajuana's for a while. It is a great step up from the old tex mex place in the same space. They upgraded the interior nicely, and the pan-latin menu is great. The food is delicious. We were having a rockin' time. BUT THEN!!!!! A four-piece band started to play at a noise level so loud we couldn't hear each other shouting across the table. The band sounded like a cross between the Gypsy Kings and Korn -- i.e., horrible, loud, whiney stuff. And management wouldn't make them stop. They put us in another room away from the music, so at least we could talk, but it was really unnerving. If you go and you want to talk, make sure they don't have live music that night. The food is worth it; the noise is NOT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    My family and I went to brunch here. This spot definitely caters to a much younger crowd, but the older generation loved it too. The brunch menu is about the same size as most and covers a wide range of meals, mostly in the latin category but there are some non-latin options as well. The food came quickly and was delicious. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • for all your Latin seafood cravings
    deliusfanVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Too many times, when faced with the option of paella, I give pause to the distinct possibility that I could be making a mistake. This is confirmed when, just like a poor risotto, you get something dried out, with rubbery seafood, and a lingering question of just what is the big deal, anyway, other than the sky-high price. So when I got the recommendation for the paella over the sea bass, I made the waiter really convince me; was it really THAT much better than the sea bass, or the shrimps served in a similar manner? He assured me it was. And, he was right. Finally, the rice was served tender and not either mushy or dried out, and a generous helping of mussels, clams, lobster, shrimp, as well as interestingly seasoned chicken.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst experience ever
    Mill
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Pricing varies from week to week depending on how the management's feeling for the same exact food and drinks. Hostess was very rude. Will not be coming back
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectations Vary...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I thought really highly of this restaurant but I wasn't blown away as I had expected to be.. It has a great bar scene though my boyfriend and I weren't really into it. We came here for our one year anniversary and wanted something extra special. The food was honestly fair, it honestly was overpriced. The waiter could've been a lot more courteous. Don't get me wrong, the restaurant is definitely popular but it doesn't work for everyone. Because it was the Upper West Side I guess people didn't think we belonged there or something so we weren't treated as well as we could've been. It was only an experience to be had once for us. Try it out though, perhaps your opinion might be different.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff is pleasant, but service
    GLowVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Staff is pleasant, but service was incredibly slow, even though the ratio of staff to patrons was very high.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    I'm very glad we booked this place to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were a group of about 15 on a Saturday evening. The service was very attentive (from the hostess to the waitress). But let's talk food! It was extremely good! I had the red snapper, which was a great choice on my part. But from my understanding, the pork dish and paella were also very tasty. We had a platter of their "Latin Rolls", and while initially hesitant to try this Dominican play on sushi, I was extremely pleasantly surprised on how good these sushi rolls were (they basically fried plantains on sushi rolls and it works!!). We finished dinner just in time for the DJ's arrival, so we went from dining to partying. Music was great. Overall great time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • although the food was great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    although the food was great, the service could have been better. They were busy but I've seen busier and didn't have as hard a time getting someone's attention.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was better than fair but
    ThanksVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    It was better than fair but not quite up to good. We were greeted warmly when we arrived for dinner. As we were early we decided to have a drink at the bar/communal table. Service was slow &unresponsive when we first sat at the long communal table but improved greatly when sat at our table for dinner.. The Sangria was mediocre at best and the food good enough but just average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drinks were very sweet but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Drinks were very sweet but the prices were great ($5-6 each for happy hour). Food was good but very typical of Latin food. There was nothing special about this place. Also, their credit card machine decided to stop working during dinner. So the staff was instructing people to walk to the ATM down the block in order to get cash. Overall, staff was good & attentive, but this isn't a place that I'd write home about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went on a quiet, slow night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We went on a quiet, slow night. Great food and service. Great for couples and groups
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place to catch up with
    JessforBacon
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Good place to catch up with friends and family. Good Brunch. Steak and Eggs are the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Great time and great food!!! The staff was very nice!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had dinner with my Korean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I had dinner with my Korean friend and she loved the food. I also enjoyed everything I ordered. The service was outstanding, the waitress was very pleasant and suggested what were the best appetizers to order. I will definitely come by again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Mamajuana Cafe was wonderful. Great food. Great service. Great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my second time at
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    This was my second time at this restaurant. The food wasn't as good as the first time, I was dissapointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Groupon was welcomed with kindness!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    This was my first time visiting a restaurant on a Groupon deal...and I must say I was pleased. I will try to be specific 1) Taquitos appetizer gets highest rating and portion is perfect for two people. MMMMmm ..still thinking of them. 2) Skirt steak was excellent and portion was large.3) Cornish Hen was great...My only complaint is that it was a bit on the salty side. But I know that chorizo can do that to dishes. 4) Sangria was average. Not bad and not great. 5) Dessert trio was okay. When we ordered it the waitress ( who was excellent by the way..her name was Suma) said that they couldn't add chocolate cake to it. So we had to double up on one choice ex: two flan and one bread pudding. I didn't understand that part. It seemed like we got
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so great
    msweetVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    Disappointing service, mediocre food in a very cute atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate