Permanently Closed - Maizal - Astoria

4.6
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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AoifeR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime it’s A1! My favorite restaurant without a doubt ! I tell everyone about it .
Going at 630pm was great ... no noise! 🙏
Be safe & Thank you all.

Aoife Russell - Pacheco

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Maryellen84
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive and friendly. The food was great. It was a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Wonderful place. Everything was fantastic!

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AoifeR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing birthday dinner for fifteen people ! Everything was perfect and my guests loved the food , ambience and the service . It is my favorite restaurant! 👍👍👍

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vipPeterAthana
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

BEST GUACAMOLE in the five boroughs. That’s saying a lot. I come here specifically because of it.

Flauntas
Chicken fajitas
Carne asada.

All awesome.

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ShannonL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food in Queens! Maizal is always fresh, flavorful and wonderful service. We love it here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my fiancé here for her birthday. The ambiance was very nice and the food and service were excellent! Awesome place to dine!

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vipWhitN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for dinner on NYE and it was PERFECT. The food is incredible (the shrimp on the plantain... my goodness!!! So delicious!) and I've never had a better espresso martini ANYWHERE else. The staff were all so kind and the atmosphere is perfect for dates, dinner with friends, etc. Highly recommend and can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. Will DEFINITELY come back.

JB
JBG14
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food and margs in this cozy, festive restaurant. A great find in Astoria!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I am not giving it 5 stars because because the margarita was in watery side.

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vipbren
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Mexican restaurant in Queens!

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vipSjania01
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greet food and drinks...service was top notch. Can’t wait to come back!!

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vipGingerG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always tasty and great service. A perfect spot!

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Miriam
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little spot. Drinks are a little pricey, but the food is affordable and both are great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service , our sever was attentive. And it’s a nice menu. Tortilla Soup appetizer was nice.

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PhilC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails and great environment for a nice night out at a local spot.

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Kiki
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always ! Highly recommend. Food delicious, must order the guacamole

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EllieB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was very good. We had brunch and I'm looking forward to returning for dinner. Service was a little slow, but we were the first customers of the day and we had a reservation. It took a while for them to ask us about drinks and we had to flag the waiter over to order food.

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vipLovelynight
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

From the outside it looks small but once the waiter greets you he took us to a big salon, which is gorgeous. However, we were there for the food and drinks . My passion fruit margarita was very sour , I also order green enchiladas and the sauce was acidic and not tasty as other restaurants.

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KingBenny
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived a little late for our reservation. They promptly seated our party of 6. We were on a bit of time crunch, I informed our server, and she expeditiously moved our meal along. The table was a little small for our party.( it was a 6 top). But no one was uncomfortable. The food came out quickly, and was delicious. The drinks were a little on the expensive side($14). But that is expected considering location. I would definitely go back to dine again.

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vipcooksingle
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I want to love Maizal. I have been there several times and have come away after these visits being disappointed. They posture as a "mostly gluten free" menu however I would say more than 50% is not gluten free, in particular the burritos, quesadillas and some tacos (fish). If you don't eat gluten and meat, it is quite restrictive. Ordering certain dishes, such as the Tequila Lime Fired Shrimp was sad, with 6 medium sized bland shrimp and the rest boring. The mole shrimp enchilada dish was like eating a chocolate bar, not a well made mole. To be fair, some apps are excellent - stuffed plantain and the guacamole are good examples. I wish they had better entrees to match the strength of their apps. There is no reason they can't use a gluten free flour blend and make more items available, like Nino's AQ in Astoria. Classic jalapeno margarita is also very good. Like I said, want to love them but not wowed, especially at their prices.

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leticias
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

You do need more spanish music to feel that vibe. Our dinner was great!

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PaulV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always consistent. I had the skirt steak fajitas tonight. 😋

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vipcooksingle
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, Maizal aims to please. The food is well prepared and very tasty. They do an excellent job of making creative cocktails at fair prices. I felt the food was a little bit high in price but worth going back.

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ErinM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, really enjoyed everything we ordered

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seank
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must try for everyone. Then a come back spot for years.

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TioMikey
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine's day

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JohnGalt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great food but portions were a bit small. Service was great and cockails were fantastic. Late night happy hour also great for after dinner.

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PaulV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been here twice and it’s a very good spot for good food & drinks

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Burby
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Definitely some of the best Mexican food I’ve had in the Astoria area.

JM
vipJoshuaM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Good drinks (VERY slow to come out). Good service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My server forgot my appetizer. It’s totally fine to forget but she then told me I didn’t order any when I asked about it. It’s a very basic customer service skills.
Then food was delicious and perfect.

CJ
vipCJordan
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not much food being served for the price. Bottomless drive. Had to be the entire table (2ppl)which was the 1 person take did not drink. Overall bartender was super nice would have given more stars just because of him.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Took our grandkids and they loved it. The service was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent service

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLaurenB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

Went for causal dinner; seated and served quickly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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DeidreB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Permanently Closed - Maizal - Astoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 406-9431.

Permanently Closed - Maizal - Astoria is rated 4.6 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.