Maya Restaurant – Modern New York City Brunch, Mexican Style

In the city that never sleeps, New Yorkers take their brunch seriously. They look forward to spending Saturday and Sunday afternoons at local brunch spots, enjoying good food and drinks with friends. One restaurant where you’ll find this scene is at Maya, a modern Mexican kitchen and tequileria located on the Upper East Side.

Maya Restaurant in New York City

On weekends, Maya serves a popular bottomless brunch that includes unlimited small plates and cocktails. Perfect for both small and large groups, the restaurant is spacious and boasts a warm and lively atmosphere with top 40 hits playing in the background. At 1 p.m., the restaurant is packed with plenty of people waiting for a table – and it’s all for the unlimited drinks and modern Mexican cuisine dishes served during brunch.

If you’re looking for a refreshing dish to start brunch with, try Maya’s ketsi ceviche. Made with octopus, scallops, shrimp, onion, cucumber, tomato, cilantro and Bloody Mary sorbet, the ingredients are fresh and the dish has a citrusy flavor to it.

Maya Restaurant in New York City

What’s a Mexican brunch without enchiladas? Maya has a few different ones to choose from, including the enfrijoladas – an egg enchilada with queso panela, pickled chile and crema fresca, topped with a black bean purée. The eggs are light and fluffy, and the purée keeps the enchiladas moist while also adding a unique flavor.

The huitlacoche and wild mushroom enchiladas, pictured below, are also worth a try. These enchiladas are made with corn tortilla, chayote salad, roasted garlic, Mexican ricotta cheese, and a creamy fire roasted poblano chile sauce.

Maya Restaurant in New York City

Unlimited small plates can fill you up in no time, but before you ask for the bill, don’t forget to order Maya’s pan dulce. A specialty on the brunch menu, the pan dulce is Mexican French toast made with chipotle cajeta, nutella, banana and whipped cream fresca. Sweet, rich and heavenly, this dessert is worth the calories.

Maya Restaurant in New York City

Maya’s bottomless brunch menu also has a selection of sides, including poblano chile breakfast potatoes, Mexico City style corn on the cob, caramelized plantains and their spicy, chipotle crispy bacon. More importantly, don’t forget about their brunch cocktails – restaurant guests can enjoy unlimited traditional margaritas and mimosas, mango mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Bloody Maria’s and spiked agua frescas.

Maya’s $35 bottomless brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There is a two-hour limit per table, and the last seating is at 2 p.m.

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