The latest lively addition to Jose Andrés’ portfolio, China Chilcano is a Peruvian joint that showcases the country’s different cultural influences across a range of cuisine styles. If you know anything about Peru, you know about pisco, and China Chilcano has one of the country’s most expansive pisco portfolios. It’s broken down by style—puros, acholados and mosto verdes—as well as by grape varietal. It also has more than half a dozen house macerados—pisco infused with different fruits and herbs—and a lineup of predominantly but not exclusively pisco cocktails. There’s a strong wine list, as well, focused on South American and Spanish selections.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The Cholotini is a winner, made with Macchu pisco, prickly pear, passion fruit and lemon. Or try the Chicha Punch, made with chicha morada, a purple corn-based Peruvian specialty.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The daily 4 to 6 p.m. Pisco Hour at the bar offers some of the best drink deals in that part of town, like a perfectly made $5 Pisco Sour.