Crêpes have disappeared from Babylon’s Carll Avenue, but in their place are double-wrapped tacos, cinnamon-dusted churros and a fridge full of Jarritos soda.
Mamey Mexican Taqueria opened this month just north of the Babylon LIRR station, in the space where Babylon Crêpe & Pita Grill had operated for a year. Though the spot is tucked away from Babylon’s main drags, co-owner Eduardo Matute hopes Mamey finds its niche in the village’s saturated dining scene. “We wanted to open something that stood out from the crowd, and we came up with an authentic Mexican taqueria,” said Matute, who co-owns Mamey with his wife, Erika Pancho, and parents Miguel and Rosa Matute.
The elder Matute — who has cooked in New York City restaurants for 25 years — is also Mamey’s chef, turning out an array of Mexican and Tex-Mex mainstays such as tacos ($3-$4), quesadillas ($6.25-$10), burritos ($9-$11), flautas ($6-$7), tostadas ($7-10) and enchiladas ($8-9). Mamey also offers tortas in five versions — including one stuffed with Milanese-style chicken — that layer meat with Oaxacan cheese, refried beans, guacamole and pickled jalapeños.
The tidy, colorful space is named for the creamy tropical fruit mamey (pronounced “mah-mey”), aka sapote — though the fruit itself doesn’t make an appearance here. “At least, not right now,” said Eduardo Matute, “but we’ll be adding more items as we come into fall.”
Those plans include tamales, and alote, a hot corn-based Mexican beverage that is often flavored with chocolate. It will join the other Mexican non-alcoholic drinks here, such as jamaica (hibiscus) iced tea and horchata ($2.55 each).
Dessert is not an afterthought: Mamey’s opening lineup includes flan, churros, tres leches cake, and fresas (strawberries) con crema ($3.55-$4).
Mamey has three tables, and is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mamey Mexican Taqueria, 122 N. Carll Ave., Babylon, 631-539-9144, mameybabylon.com