Barrio Chino means “Chinese hood” in Spanish, which is appropriate for its location on the border of Chinatown. While you will find painted scrolls and paper lanterns dangling, the food and drink tips defiantly to the Mexican side. You’re encouraged to sip your tequila like a fine Scotch, as demonstrated by the 50 different agave liquors that line the walls. Every tequila shot arrives with a tangy Sangrita chaser. If you’re in need of a slightly mellower drink, choose from a list of house specials including multiple Caipirinhas and a red Sangria. Ease the agave fire in your belly with a pork-stuffed poblano chile pepper or taco trio.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
Barrio Chino is known for its infused tequilas—especially the spicy ones. Try the habanero-infused reposado in a Margarita that will blow the lid off your usual order.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Thanks to its Lower East Side location, Barrio Chino has become a popular hipster hangout. Come early to snag a seat in the perpetually-packed (and extremely tiny) single room.