191 Orchard, near Houston
Hours Mon-Fri, noon-4am; Sat-Sun, 11am-4am
map Phone: 212-228-6710
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; weekends 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Menu/web site Reservations: yes Delivery: no
More than a decade after arriving on the “below Delancey” restaurant scene, Barrio Chino is still one of the most popular spots for good, inexpensive food and interesting drinks. Taking its cues from the neighborhood’s Latino and Chinese cultures, the decor is eclectic. Most everything on the menu is good; we especially like the tortilla soup, soft tacos and enchiladas verdes. The margaritas, made with Barrio Chino’s signature infused tequilas, are top notch and never too sweet. The staff is friendly and laid back, but the place is tiny, so if you’re not prepared for a wait, weekday lunch might be your best option.
A rowdy German beer hall, off the Bowery, that usually has pretty good food. Hearty specialties include: chicken paprikasch, spaetzle, bratwurst. There’s also a garden in the back. One one recent trip here the burgers came out cold, the fries soggy.
7 Rivington, near Bowery
Hours: Sun-Tue, noon-1am; Wed, noon-2am; Thu, noon-3am; Fri-Sat, noon-4am
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