Maya or Patria?
It is Mrs. D's (if John K. can do it, so can I)
birthday next week, and I was thnking of taking her to
Maya or Patria. I am desparate for a chowhound
perspective on either of these places -- are they good?
worth the money?
We may actually end up at Nyonya in the end, which is
her favorite place!
Perhaps subliminally influenced by this
thread, I actually went to Maya last week, and
the food was practically unrecognizable as
Mexican. Oversweet sauces, sloppy preparation,
felonious abuse of melted cheese, soggy masa ...
even the waitstaff seemed embarrassed to be there.
The enthusiasm of critics for Maya is
incomprehensible. Even if the place didn't serve pina
Alan -- given the choice, it's Patria for me. Bear in
mind a few things in making your decision ...
1. Patria's food is not like what you find in the
regular Latin mom-and-pop storefront restaurants. Many
ingredients are the same, but Doug puts his creative
stamp on everything he does. Most importantly, the
food taste great too.
2. The price tab for your dinner will be high, but
worth it, in my opinion.
3. There is no middle ground in anyone's opinion of
the food at Patria. You will either be ecstatic and
love it, or you would totally hate it. Fortunately
for me, everyone I've taken to Patria has been
4. When the place is full (which it usually is), it
is loud and high energy. If you prefer a more
peaceful atmosphere, go early (like at 6 pm).
I consider Patria to be one of my favorite restaurants
in the city. It's been 4 years, and the food there
still blows me away everytime.