Located in the midst of the Chinese and Hispanic districts of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Barrio Chino (spanish for China Town) pays homage to the two cultures by serving up authentic Mexican fare while incorporating Asian accents and decor. Colorful lanterns and Chinese portraits hang in an open space with exposed brick walls, while the dark wood bar has shelves on top of shelves filled with… you guessed it, tequila!
Even with it’s elusive facade (you won’t find a restaurant sign out front), Barrio Chino seems to always be packed. Here you’ll find some of the most delicious and spiciest margaritas in town. They are best known for their fresh Grapefruit Margarita, which you can liven up with a little jalapeño. But if you are really looking for knock-your-socks-off spicy and are brave enough to stand the heat, I dare you to order the Habanero Margarita.
Staying true to the blending of cultures, Barrio Chino serves their Mexican cuisine on traditional blue and white Chinese dishes. Make sure to start off with the chips and salsa. The chips – thick and perfectly crispy – are served alongside a trio of tasty salsas. As for the main course, my personal favorite is the enchiladas verdes. These traditional enchiladas are stuffed with shredded chicken and smothered in green tomatillo salsa, melted oaxacan cheese and queso fresco. Another must is the sopa azteca, a traditional mexican soup with guajillo & pasilla chiles, chicken broth, tomato and served with queso fresco, avocado & tortilla strips.
Check out the photos below and watch me dish on my experience at Barrio Chino in my latest Tastemade video. Enjoy!
Chips with Salsa Trio
Enchiladas Verdes with Black Beans served on the side
Enchiladas Verdes and Sopa Azteca