La Urbana is NoPa’s one-stop-shop for modern Mexican cuisine––and it wouldn’t be modern without molecular gastronomy. Some cocktails come with fruity and savory foams, others with unique touches like a bacon-salt rim. Owners Eduardo Rallo and Juan Garduño created a space that, true to the restaurant’s name, exudes an urban feel. They didn’t just scour rural Mexico for furniture though––the mezcal library was handpicked by the owners too. La Urbana is actually three entities: La Urbana, the restaurant; Mercado Urbano, the daytime taqueria and nighttime cocktail lounge; and Mezcaleria Urbana, the mezcal bar boasting over 50 bottles. Whichever you choose, nearly all the cocktails (including their craft margaritas) feature mezcal; or if not in the mood for a cocktail, you can order a mezcal tasting flight.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
You’ve got to try the Acapulco-Manila, La Urbana’s mezcal-and-sake take on the Martini.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Forget lunch and dinner. This is the place to go for a south-of-the-border brunch.