Dine Out : JaJaJa

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JaJaJa pronounced "hahaha" is a vegan Mexican eatery on the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. It has received a fair amount of buzz for it's unexpected pairing of these two popular cuisines. It actually makes sense since the history of Mexican food is largely plant based. Occupying a corner space adjacent to the F train, the restaurant exudes an inviting vibe that is both laidback and peppy at the same time with it's original mosaic tiled floors, light wood decor punctuated by mint green seating.  The menu features a variety of Mexican favorites. Of course we had to try the nachos with the guacamole add on.

Jajaja's Nachos are topped with chorizo, turmeric queso fundido, fermented black beans, spicy veggie relish and sour cream. We could've had just these and been happy. They were beautifully presented and bursting with delicious flavor and a slow yet satisfying kick.  And the chorizo made from seitan actually came close to the real thing both in texture and taste. The chayote fish tacos with chipotle almond butter and pickled red onion which intermingled savory, sweet and sour weren't our favorite but the hemp and flaxseed battered chayote squash made for a suitable fish substitute. The pupusas with beans, cashew cotija, serranos, sour cream, shitake bacon and romaine lettuce were tasty and hit the spot. The service was congenial if a little scattered since they don't write down orders so there was a little confusion on our waiter's part about what we ordered at one point. I should mention that they do have a full bar that serves tequila and mezcal cocktails as well as traditional Mexican beers and spirits.  We don't drink and we definitely don't day drink so I can't speak to that. Mexican is one of our favorite cuisines and we try to eat vegetarian as much as possible. JaJaJa legitimizes vegan Mexican fusion and I'm really glad that we live close because I look forward to trying more of their menu. If you come here, be sure to get the nachos.

162 East Broadway
New York City
$ - $$

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bellodiesseredonna said...

che piatti appetitosi *_*

Jackie Harrison said...

I need to go out with you because you find the best restaurant in the city this looks delicious.

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

Wow, the place looks great and the food so yummy. You visit such lovely palces dear <3

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Emmylou said...

Oh man! This food porn.....nomnom! I am loving the looks of those nachos in the first pic, Rowena:D We don't really get a chance to eat Mexican a lot coz the kiddos are not big fan, but I am.

Pilar said...

I've never eaten a mexican restaurant, I would love to give this place a try!

Gabrielle said...

I feel as though there's SO much I've yet to learn about other cuisines - I didn't even know Mexican food was largely plant-based! Mmm, that mention of nachos has made my stomach rumble...

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

Letne Dni Look Younger said...

I love mexican food, the place look lovely and the food looks yummy.
Have a wonderful day, hugs!
Dusana :-)


Beauty Unearthly said...

It looks so delicious. :) xx

Sakuranko said...

Oh the food looks super yummy darling

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I think the bar area looks pretty cute. I haven't had good Mexican food in a while!


Jenny said...

Ooo the food looks so yummy! I love learning about all these interesting eateries from you, makes me wish I lived in NYC - the only Mexican restaurants we have around here are chain restaurants :(

Jenny | Geeky Posh

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love the name, and the food looks so good!

Shireen L. Platt said...

Honestly Rowena, you find some of the best places to eat! We love a family run Mexican restaurant here but it recently closed down because the couple retired. It's heart breaking really because it was the best in town.

Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

Unknown said...

Vegan Mexican?? Yes please! Sounds perfect to me. I want to try that shitake bacon.

Doctor Anne said...

Vegan Mexican fusion? That sounds like something I need to try.

Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

Beauty Follower said...

Nice place, he food looks delicious!


sonia // daring coco said...

I stupidly read that as JaJaJa with a "J" lol. This eatery sounds and looks amazing. I love Mexican food while I'm in the States. Mexican + Vegan. YUMMERS.


Jane said...

Yangkyu would love this place and somewhere I can go eat as well! Yum! We'll have to remember whenever we're in the city next!

R's Rue said...

Love these.

A Very Sweet Blog said...

I love the name! It's so cute >.< The food looks delicious Rowena. Colorful. Fresh. Vegan. Tasty. I bet it's good!