This dark, intimate den in the lower east side is unlike any other cinco-de-mayo inspired mexican restaurant you have been to. Dark woodwork and artfully-tiled tabletops ooze seduction in their candle-lit surroundings. Upstairs the upholstered leather booths invite conversation and small-plate sharing. The food is mouthwatering, (especially the fish tacos) but the real stars of the show are the libations. They are absolutely ambrosial.
You won’t find margaritas here but instead a bevy of carefully curated concoctions; all created to bring out the distinct flavor in the mescal and tequila. Try the Pilot Punch, a refreshing mix of Blanco tequila, yellow chartreuse, lime, cucumber and mint. The drink finishes with a sneaky punch of jalapeno.
If what you’re looking for is a night of shots and burritos, be warned: you won’t find it here. Note the disclaimer on their website, “Whatever your imbibing pleasure, always bear in mind some basic truths: tequila should be sipped not shot, most certainly sans lime and salt; mezcal need not encase a worm or any larvae for that matter; and mixtos are missing the point entirely.” But you’re hungry for something authentic and a little out of the ordinary you might find yourself seduced by the Tempress that is, Mayahuel.
304 East 6th St.
Between 1st & 2nd