Friday, May 10, 2013
Cinco Celebration, Mojave-Style
Last week, I spent some time at Mojave with a good group of friends, including Meg, Tom, Michelle, Nuno, Jennifer, and of course Dan. We celebrated Cinco de Mayo in this fun Southwestern setting and even though it was chilly outside, we had a warm Mexican sunset in mind.
It was fun to dine outside in their beautiful outdoor garden, which is an oasis from the busy 31st Street, right underneath the subway tracks. You'd never know it from sitting back there though, as it feels private, relatively quiet and really cheery.
During our visit, we tried a few things I personally have never had here including:
Guacamole - Even though it's super basic, I never actually ordered it here before, and appreciated the lively presentation. The multi colored chips were fun and totally appropriate for the celebration and the guac was delicious too. I mostly loved its slightly chunky yet also creamy texture simply intertwined with some red onion. Further dressed with fresh lime and cilantro, I appreciated its freshness and simplicity.
Fish Tacos - I love me some fish tacos and was curious about how they'd turn out at Mojave. I'd have to say pretty good but not great. The fish, which was a tilapia, I believe, was a bit on the fishy side in not the best way. Even though a fried alternative wouldn't have been as healthy, I often find fried fish tacos a lot moister and appetizing. The red cabbage and mango salsa that came as a topper was really lovely though as well as zesty and refreshing.
Service and Cost:
I can't speak too highly about the service, as I think it was spotty. It could've been because they were swamped or because of Cinco de Mayo, but whenever we actually needed to get our waitress's attention, she was nowhere to be found. It also happened on more than one occasion that our empty glasses weren't cleared or replenished for that matter. So overall, I think the staff could've done a better job.
Costs were very expensive, which was probably due to the large amount of drinks we got, but still, it just felt a bit exorbitant to me at $50-$60 per person. Ouch.
Mojave - 22-36 31st Street Astoria NY 11105
N/Q Train to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)