Maizal - Astoria

4.5
47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Maizal​ ​Restaurant​ ​first​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​2010​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Rosebank​ ​neighborhood​ ​of​ ​Staten​ ​Island.​ ​Persevering through​ ​hurricanes,​ ​floods​ ​and​ ​a​ ​weak​ ​economy,​ ​the​ ​original​ ​restaurant​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​deliver​ ​outstanding and​ ​unique​ ​dishes​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​superb​ ​cocktails,​ ​with​ ​an​ ​ambiance​ ​to​ ​match.​ ​Our​ ​second​ ​location​ ​in Astoria,​ ​Queens​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​2014.​ ​Maizal​ ​restaurant​ ​is​ ​family​ ​owned​ ​and​ ​operated. Executive​ ​Chef,​ ​Wilmer​ ​Santos​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Graduate​ ​with​ ​Distinction​ ​from​ ​the​ ​French​ ​Culinary​ ​Institute,​ ​where​ ​he proudly​ ​earned​ ​a​ ​spot​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Dean's​ ​List.​ ​Wilmer's​ ​talent​ ​was​ ​further​ ​refined​ ​under​ ​the​ ​watchful​ ​eye​ ​of mentor​ ​German​ ​Munoz,​ ​as​ ​reflected​ ​in​ ​the​ ​popular,​ ​yet​ ​sometimes​ ​controversial,​ ​dishes​ ​served​ ​at​ ​Maizal. He​ ​leads​ ​by​ ​example​ ​and​ ​runs​ ​a​ ​very​ ​tight​ ​operation​ ​in​ ​the​ ​kitchen.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(718) 406-9431
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Wilmer​ ​Santos
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Private party facilities
Maizal Astoria is the perfect location for your next event, party, or family gathering. With our spacious dining room, we can comfortably seat up to 128 guests. With specialized packages including family style appetizers, full size entrees, and the option for included drink specials, Maizal is Astor
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Private party contact
our Event Concierge, Sean, : (844) 856-5601
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
32nd​ ​Street
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Parking details
Paid​ ​parking​ ​lot​ ​near​ ​by
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Public transit
N​ ​Train​ ​to​ ​Broadway​ ​in​ ​Queens
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Entertainment
Low,​ ​background​ ​music
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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OT
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6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome all around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food; it hit the spot and had great flavor.

Went for causal dinner; seated and served quickly!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good (especially the guacamole). The decor is beautiful and ambiance is ideal for date nights. The only downside is that the food was significantly overpriced.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Astoria's best kept secrets!! Beautiful space, amazing food, superb service and out of this world chocolate martinis!!! Can't wait to go back!!

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not as expected, the guacamole was mediocre, tasteless and the avocado served as a side with the shrimps was black, I told the server better to leave that out. The roasted chicken was too dry and tough. The tables (2 together) were extremely sticky!!! even the paper napkin we had got stuck!!!!

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We just always appreciate the food, service and ambience at this local place. It just makes me smile. The staff is always friendly and professional. The food is so good. It is one of the best Mex places in Astoria. I would highly recommend it.

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KR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Tried this place with my husband for the first time for date night. Really liked the food and happy hour but it was really hot in the restaurant. I was 90 degrees outside and felt in the 80s inside.

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SC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! Went for a friends birthday dinner. Was very energetic and friendly place.

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well made Mexican food lots of flavor - very nice waitstaff authentic and welcoming.

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ED
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mexican restaurant in Astoria with a great Menu and Bar selection, Tequilla and Mezcal choices are excellent. It was my second visit, we went for Brunch and for Dinner, at both occasion we really enjoyed it and found the service and food to be excellent. Staff is welcoming, genuine and caring about your experience. Very professionally run. If you go for Brunch, try the dish with Crepes, chorizo and scrambled eggs, its top! A must try. Dinner was amazing too with great traditional dishes. A must do!

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service realllyy good food I ate every bite ! Very friendly and fun environment ! Loved it!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL family birthday brunch. The food, as always, was amazing. Passion fruit margarita was the best I’ve ever had. Such a great meal.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good Mexican food and cocktails!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great however drinks could have been stronger. But over all a good experience

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E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff is fabulous!! Margaritas are EXCELLENT. Food is very fresh and great vegetarian options . I look forward to returning!

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately my dinner at Maizal started good until after we were served our appetizer. The entree took 45 minutes to come and even though they apologize for the delay no compensation was offered to me and my family....no free drinks or dessert were offered orsome type of discount. We waited patiently since it was already late to go to another place. After we had our meal we then ordered coffee and tea that took almost 30 minutes to get to us. It took us 3 hours to have our meal which was the longest time I’ve ever had a meal.
I like to support the business in my neighborhood but at the same time I wouldn’t want to compensate quality of service being rendered to me specially from a pretty upscale restaurant.
Overall, my experience with Maizal is poor and doubt that I will come back or recommend to anyone. I will surely write my experience in yelp.

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I invited my friends for a luncheon. We all enjoyed the food and Sangria. We especially enjoyed the Sweet Plaintain with shrimp appetizer. Delicious!!! Almost tasted like dessert! Could have spent all day there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was generally very good but the service was terrible. Sat for about 20 minutes before we could flag down a waiter just to order drinks and then it took another 10-15 minutes for the drinks to arrive it to the table. So 30 mins in before we got our drinks or even got to order appetizers. If they get their service straightened out it would be a great place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp stuffed plantain was INCREDIBLE. I cannot overstate how delicious this thing was. Restaurant itself was beautiful.

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I really liked the ambiance here, the service was very good, and the menu options were solid. However, we found almost everything to be too salty, except for a few items that were a bit bland. We thought both the beef enchiladas and sweet potato/chorizo empanadas were too salty to enjoy. The beans were a bit bland. The quesadilla was fine, but nothing outstanding. The guacamole was very good. If the chef tweaked the recipes, this would be a very good place, but as it was, I don't think I would go back.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an amazing birthday celebration. Staff was amazing and so was the food. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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v
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lively restaurant with good food, no surprises, but interesting presentations.
Drinks range from good to mediocre. Very mediocre wine list.

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LK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This used to be our fave Mexican restaurant. This time both the service and food were below average.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal, and staff was courteous and friendly. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING! Best Spanish food I’ve had in Astoria for 5 years. A must try

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, outstanding and friendly service, highly recommended, we will DEFINITELY be back.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Mexican food, great drinks, beautiful atmosphere. One of our favorites in Astoria.

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F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Definitely one of my spots for ambiance food and service!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Saddens me to say it didn't start out great or end great. No top shelf liquor even though it was mentioned in one of their mixed specialty cocktails. Ordered medium-rare steak came out very rare. Returned to cook more and still was rare. Staff couldn't have been nicer to bring me a new order (which I didn't ask for) but by that time my party had finished their meal.

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. We had the stuffed sweet plantain for appetizer and the chorizo and they were awesome!
The entries were flawless ( Carme asada)and so the desserts ( churros and tres leches)
worth every penny

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambiance is great, service was a little slow due to Valentine's day rush. Amazing drinks. Extremely friendly staff.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff cozy environment good food definitely is a place to come back and to recommend to my fiends keep up your good service

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AO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch before an afternoon movie. They offered both lunch and brunch. Food was delish! Guacamole was yummy! It was happy hour - Margaritas were on point! Service was excellent! Great vibe in the dining room. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty — not your everyday Mexican, and definitely more in the Casa Enrique league. Creative specials. Great drinks. Great staff. Place should be jammed.

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Made a reservation for 12 for Sunday brunch. Great space, the servers were very attentive and kind and the food was great. There are vegetarian and vegan options here but not much but at least they have something which is nice. Overall, I was very pleased with the experience and I would recommend to everyone.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Great service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with some friends on New Years Eve. Great food, ambiance and staff!

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOOD WAS TASTY, THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD
A GREAT MARGARITA DRINK

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CF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Come for the jalapeño margarita, stay for the enchiladas mole poblano!

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