Barrio Chino

Barrio Chino

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • J M.
    J M1 week ago
    Long wait, okay-ish food—there are a lot of better restaurants in the area to check out 🌮 So specifics: Taking lengua off the menu, al pastor was dry, side of pickles was weird, and waited an hour.
  • Beril E.
    Beril EsenOctober 13
    Skirt steak taco literally has a full steak in chunks and is the best value for your money. Mahi mahi taco had the right flavor but its portion was measly. Unfortunately you can't mix and match tacos.
  • Zach C.
    Zach CarlileSeptember 10
    The Guacamole is incredible. Definitely a must.
  • Chad H.
    great cocktail list, including the habanero grapefruit margarita, all for reasonable prices. the plato mexicano is a sampling of delicious stuff that can definitely feed two
  • Nicholas M.
    Solid enchiladas Verdes and al pastor tacos. Habanero grapefruit margarita.
  • Percy H.
    The beef/pork stuffed pepper with white walnut sauce!! 😋 Everything 🙌🏾
  • Gustavo M.
    It's truly hard to find good Mexican food in NYC. This place doesn't only delivers good food but great tunes as well.
  • Terri R.
    Terri RApril 16
    Guac is great (love the tortilla chips too)! Mole is delicious. I tried the habanero grapefruit marg, which was good but very hot! The plain grapefruit marg hit the spot.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Get the enchiladas verde and skip the tacos.
  • Laura R.
    Amazing margaritas, the lime mixer is made in house. Makes all the difference!
  • Katie d.
    So many margaritas to choose from 😍
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 19
    Actually only had margaritas here and they are freaking amazing. The habanero grapefruit one is my favorite but it's so spicy. Go for the jalapeño lime if you want something a little less intense.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FergusonFebruary 19
    Get the grapefruit habanero margarita. It's very very spicy but delicious. Service was a bit slow, but not terrible.
  • Hannah P.
    Hannah ParvazJanuary 11
    The cactus tacos are always welcome. You can bring in your own coffee. Beware the sautéed spinach comes with mushrooms.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaJanuary 10
    Everything was spot on! Pork tacos, mole, and shrimp were all worth coming back for
  • Tipay C.
    Tipay CorpuzJanuary 3
    Great Tacos
  • Matteo V.
    Matteo Vesprini-HeidrichDecember 8, 2016
    The margaritas are good and the enchiladas Verdes. It is always loud and crowded
  • Carl Johan G.
    Carl Johan GustavssonDecember 1, 2016
    Amazing tacos! Might need 2 sets to get full. Great margarithas.
  • Chop Suey Club
    Chop Suey ClubOctober 25, 2016
    Mole is our go to dish. Free load of homemade tortilla chips and guacamole for every table.
  • Natasha R.
    Natasha RajpalOctober 24, 2016
    Bistek a la casa with some spinach on top...melt in your mouth delicious.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageOctober 14, 2016
    The soups!! Sometimes they do a pozole, which is the best.
  • Krystal V.
    Krystal VadharSeptember 21, 2016
    El verde! Bartender had us try the spicy margaritas first- beware it's extremely spicy 😰
  • Tom V.
    Tom VandenbogaerdeSeptember 11, 2016
    Great margaritas! Try the chips with salsa.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesSeptember 5, 2016
    One of my favorite Mexican places in nyc. Everything is good, particularly the enchiladas Verdes.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MillerJuly 16, 2016
    Best Mexican food in New York
  • Tim M.
    Tim McClureJuly 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken enchiladas w/ mole are amazing.
  • alex r.
    alex rockJune 30, 2016
    Mole enchiladas and lamb Barbacoa!!!
  • Louis B.
    Louis BitskoJune 24, 2016
    The enchiladas verdes is unmatched
  • Simon S.
    Simon SteadmanJune 15, 2016
    Enchiladas verde, all tacos
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarMay 31, 2016
    Brunch is great here. Michelada, chips + guac, steak and eggs. Done. Breakfast of a champion.
  • Quinton M.
    Quinton MaMay 30, 2016
    So slow. So so slow
    Upvoted Aug 26
  • William H.
    William HoffmanMay 23, 2016
    The Barbacoa is absolutely delicious. Margs were pretty sour and tart and the tacos are very small.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenMay 11, 2016
    the habañero grapefruit margarita is incredible. fish tacos are good too. chill vibes here.
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaApril 23, 2016
    Skirt stake taco omg.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaApril 4, 2016
    Huge variety of flavours for both mojitos and margaritas
  • Ruoyi J.
    Ruoyi JiangFebruary 26, 2016
    MOLE MOLE MOLE
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxDecember 8, 2015
    Yep. The Habanero Grapefruit Margarita is one of my favorite spicy cocktails in the city. The mole kicks ass also.
  • Hector
    HectorNovember 23, 2015
    Caipirinha > Margarita. Get the barbacoa if you like spicy.
  • Natalie A.
    Natalie ANovember 21, 2015
    The space is small, get there early on a Friday and you won't have to wait. Get the enchiladas de Mole!! Best mole I've ever had!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonNovember 19, 2015
    I take back my previous tip about the habanero grapefruit margarita. It's really spicy. Be careful.
  • Dan
    DanNovember 10, 2015
    The sharing platter is a lot of food!
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonOctober 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Place has great margaritas and tasty tacos
  • Gonzalo F.
    Gonzalo FiorinaOctober 24, 2015
    Cool spot ran by an argentine guy. Fun and great selection of beers.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhOctober 24, 2015
    Arrachera tacos are simple but delicious!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteOctober 18, 2015
    Tasty Mexican
  • James M.
    James MarshallOctober 16, 2015
    Best Mexican on the LES.Mole is super good. Tacos. Margaritas. Guacamole. All are top notch. The space can be a little cramped but worth it. Food is tip top. Never had a thing I wouldn't order again.
  • Carmela S.
    Carmela SgalambroSeptember 7, 2015
    Food. Drinks. Service.
  • Lauren E.
    Lauren ElizabethAugust 5, 2015
    Margaritas are incredible but beware of the jalapeño and habanero margs if you're sensitive to spice. They are delicious but VERY spicy. Taco plate is a little small but very good.
  • Blixt
    BlixtJuly 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the best chicken tacos I've had in NYC.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJuly 25, 2015
    Are you a level 7 out of 10 hungry? The steak tacos are out of this world, get those with a side of green rice and multiple margaritas.
  • Stephersan
    StephersanJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nothing is better than a grapefruit habenero marg, quesadilla with chorizo and enchiladas verses
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJuly 8, 2015
    The server might try to warn you that the habanero grapefruit margarita is really spicy but if you like spice it's very much tolerable, so don't be afraid
  • Jen C.
    Jen CallowayJuly 4, 2015
    The chips and salsa comes with three different salsas - all really delicious!
  • Mischa
    MischaJune 26, 2015
    Do not duscuss with me about the tacos, just go and order the sopesitos with a mix of the toppings, I promise you won't regret it. I'm seriously curious about the large selection of tequila.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SJune 23, 2015
    Mole enchiladas
  • Tules Y.
    Tules YeginJune 14, 2015
    I think it's been 7 years now and this is still my favorite Mexican food spot. Mole is out of this world and the sopa is a hangover cure.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarMay 23, 2015
    The spiciest, most delicious margarita award goes to this place. Don't sleep on their chips and salsa or full menu either. But the margs keep me coming back.
  • Ana Marie
    Ana MarieMay 12, 2015
    The tacos for appetizer are amazing
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerMay 4, 2015
    mexican $8-14
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanApril 17, 2015
    Super yummy Mexican food with an Asian twist. The spicy margarita is super spicy.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CApril 15, 2015
    Get some margaritas to start the night here.
  • Daniele C.
    Daniele CodegaApril 11, 2015
    Meh. There are much better Mexican options in the hood.
  • April T.
    April ThompsonApril 9, 2015
    Get the guac and Verde enchiladas
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadApril 3, 2015
    Enchiladas verdes were pretty damn good, and I had a hefty elderflower margarita to go with my meal. Definitely VERY loud and crowded, but if you can ignore that it's worth the visit.
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesMarch 11, 2015
    Really delicious mexican spot. Kitchen open late. Stop by 10 PM and on - no reservations. Try the Grapefruit Habanero Margarita!! 🔥
  • Sonia G.
    Sonia GrobmanMarch 5, 2015
    Micheladas are very acidic
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlaskoFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get at that spicy margarita.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyFebruary 22, 2015
    The drinks are excellent. Very authentic. If you're into spice, get the habanero-grapefruit marg. Also tacos, soup and chips are awesome.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HaskelFebruary 19, 2015
    Spicy margaritas 👌
  • Mikael K.
    Mikael KopteffFebruary 17, 2015
    Enhiladas!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Chile En Nogada, Habañero margarita & churros for a complete meal
  • Tori M.
    Tori MathesonJanuary 13, 2015
    Coconut margaritas and the shrimp tomato dish. Would not get the chicken enchiladas.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimJanuary 7, 2015
    The mole was meh, I've definitely had way better
  • Jari M.
    Jari MäkeläDecember 14, 2014
    Guacamole, cheviche, service, athmosphere!
  • billy c.
    billy caeserDecember 7, 2014
    Enchilada verdes and the ceviche are killer. Charles the batman is gone so not sure who's doing the playlist but not what it used to be-- which WAS dope!
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChanNovember 27, 2014
    The barbacoa was awesome.
  • Frisia S.
    Frisia Shui-uhNovember 13, 2014
    "Chinese Hood", very small and gets crowded in the evenings easily, food is not cookie cutter Mexican. The shrimp dish has really tasty sauce! I miss this place so much!
  • Doctore A.
    Doctore AguacateNovember 11, 2014
    Guac rocks. Good and onion-ey w solid fried chips. Tacos don't live up to the hype
  • Erika G.
    Erika GrijalvaOctober 15, 2014
    The mole is the best in their menu. For brunch the huevos rancheros hit the spot.
  • Goran P.
    Goran PanovOctober 12, 2014
    Steak tacos
  • Margarita K.
    Margarita KrupOctober 7, 2014
    Steak tacos were great! Chicken was on the dry side with little flavor.
  • Leah M.
    Leah MaloneSeptember 24, 2014
    Mole enchiladas are rich and totally worth it. Start with the ceviche.
  • Annie K.
    Annie KearnsSeptember 24, 2014
    I absolutely love their mole it's for sure the best I've had. A huge variety of margaritas for really good prices. Really everything tastes good here. Gets loud,
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineSeptember 3, 2014
    You've seen it before but we'll say it again: Habanero Margarita.
  • Katie D.
    Katie DavisSeptember 2, 2014
    Mole enchiladas are delicious, but skip the watermelon margarita.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Barrio Chino as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Daniel Holzman, chef of The Meatball Shop, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Calamari ensalada. Read more
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerAugust 22, 2014
    Avoid the crowds and sit at the bar for lunch. Tacos and margaritas. All awesome.
  • Alyx C.
    Alyx CullenAugust 20, 2014
    Habanero margarita and the michelada were the best renditions I've had in recent memory. Enchiladas de mole were fantastic too.
  • Daniel V.
    Daniel VillarAugust 15, 2014
    Not that great. Better Mexican food at other places for better prices.
  • Mike K.
    Mike KremenAugust 12, 2014
    Grapefruit margaritas!
  • Jack N.
    Jack NobleAugust 10, 2014
    Get the jalapeño Margarita. If you like more spice, get the habenero version.
  • Taimi S.
    Taimi SAugust 8, 2014
    Margaritas are great. Great vibe, great tacos
  • Mel
    MelAugust 8, 2014
    Apathetic waitstaff. Sangria was poor, food was good.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChinAugust 7, 2014
    The grapefruit habanero margarita is awesome.
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 6, 2014
    The cocktails, entree platter (to share) and lamb with tortillas were all fantastic. Worth the price.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    You have to get here early to get a table at this tiny spot! Start with the Habanero Margarita! We’re big fans of the Enchiladas Verdes and the Chili En Nogada.
  • iOS T.
    iOS TesterJune 13, 2014
    Tacos are outstanding!
  • Shane A.
    Shane AntonyMay 16, 2014
    So don't listen to all the recs and get a grapefruit habanero margarita. It's just heat with no flavor. Get a tamarind margarita if you want something new and good. Al pastor tacos are good too!
  • Noora
    NooraApril 27, 2014
    Loved the tacos and cocktails in this Mexican hipster spot!! Come early for dinner as it will be packed (we waited 45min to be seated). Worth the wait as also service and atmosphere are superb.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CMarch 17, 2014
    Fish and pork tacos were tasty
  • Taco E.
    Taco EkkelMarch 10, 2014
    Pollo Taco + Grapefruit margarita = one of the best things I've had in NYC.
  • The Lo-Down
    The Lo-DownFebruary 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Damn good churros.
  • David H.
    David HuJanuary 6, 2014
    Not really sure what's chino about this place but the fish tacos are pretty good (little small for a meal though)
  • Jennifer
    JenniferNovember 23, 2013
    Wow, worst restaurant I've every been too. Their fish tacos taste like rubber a**
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LOctober 27, 2013
    Grapefruit margaritas are delicious!!
  • Nora G.
    Nora GrenfellOctober 24, 2013
    Get the grapefruit margarita!
  • Seth H.
    Seth HartOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best shit everything
  • Laura K.
    Laura KOctober 6, 2013
    best mole sauce in town!
  • Outreach T.
    Outreach TeamSeptember 10, 2013
    Good for lunch.
  • Jiin C.
    Jiin ChoiSeptember 7, 2013
    The perfect complement to all the dishes: the Michelada = beer+Worcestershire sauce+Cholula hot sauce+lime juice
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬August 27, 2013
    Food was pretty mediocre and the service sucked.
  • Leandra H.
    Leandra HellerAugust 25, 2013
    Amazing margaritas and if you order the mango salad with steak you get a huge portion if steak and its cooked to perfection!
  • Evan B.
    Evan BairdAugust 19, 2013
    Still the best margaritas in NYC, hands down. I recommend the jalapeño lime.
  • Charley M.
    Charley MaAugust 18, 2013
    Habanero infused grapefruit margaritas are awesome...but be careful it's actually spicy
  • Andris L.
    Andris LAugust 17, 2013
    Jalapenio margarita!
  • Kate Elle G.
    Kate Elle GriffinAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down the best margs in the city. Jalapeño and lime, tamarind, or habanero if you're feeling saucy. Do it.
  • Patricia G.
    Patricia G.August 8, 2013
    Try the Pollitos Asados con Salsa Verde, they are from heaven!
  • Chloe S.
    Chloe StewartJuly 30, 2013
    Came here late on a Monday night and it was packed! Best Guac in the city - by far. Fun atmosphere & delicious jalepeno margs - very spicy! This place is definitely going to be one of my go-to spots.
  • Neky R.
    Neky RomeroJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Margaritas and Chicken Soup!
  • Laura D.
    Laura De ValenciaJuly 7, 2013
    Enchiladas verdes. Just get them. Wont regret it.
  • Sergey S.
    Sergey ShmidtJune 8, 2013
    Great bar with good cocktails, amazing taco and burrito. Be vigilant: kitchen working from 5 pm.
  • Nichole C.
    Nichole CheekJune 5, 2013
    Elderflower marg & mole to die for.
  • Morrie S.
    Morrie SJune 4, 2013
    I live in this place. Just go
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MackMay 29, 2013
    Sea bass ceviche is divine.
  • Warren F.
    Warren FraserMay 21, 2013
    Holy Habanero!!!
  • Ismael R.
    Ismael RodriguezMay 18, 2013
    Try the Enchiladas Verdes -
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MisitiMay 6, 2013
    get the enchiladas verdes - then thank me
  • Allan B.
    Allan BeaufourApril 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Gargh. They don't serve coffee anymore
  • Matt F.
    Matt FApril 20, 2013
    2 ppl out of 4 got sick after eating here. This might be the most overrated place on earth. Terrible service. $20 mediocre Mexican food because there's Buddha prints on the walls? Why is this popular?
  • Christine O.
    Christine OrdonezApril 8, 2013
    Grapefruit margaritas are amazing!!!
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BogardApril 4, 2013
    Barbacoa is to die for here! I highly recommend it and of course the habanero margaritas. And if your order a shot of tequila, ask for the sangrita!!
  • Deana C.
    Deana CosperApril 2, 2013
    Good! But small portions. Needed to order more :/ and it was little $$
  • Sisi W.
    Sisi W.March 24, 2013
    The Queso Torta is pretty delicious. The Ciabatta bread is done really well.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BeckhamMarch 21, 2013
    Beyond great. Margs are awesome!
  • John G.
    John GladyszMarch 5, 2013
    Habanero magarito gave me the hiccups for 20 minutes. Ask for a small sample - the waiters are cool and will let you try it
  • Marta T.
    Marta TroickaFebruary 18, 2013
    The calamari tacos are A+, though none of the others are a letdown. And obviously, you must pair anything with a habanero grapefruit margarita.
  • Rekha
    RekhaFebruary 11, 2013
    Best strawberry mojito ever!
  • Rheannon S.
    Rheannon SerinoFebruary 9, 2013
    The fresh grapefruit margarita is amazing. Guac and chips for a starter is a must.
  • Sonny B.
    Sonny ByrdFebruary 8, 2013
    Easily. EASILY. The best margaritas in manhattan.
  • Conch V.
    Conch VFebruary 2, 2013
    AWESOME enchiladas verdes!!! Trust me I'm Mexican!
  • Petko M.
    Petko MinkovJanuary 29, 2013
    Spicy margarita is spicy.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SlevinJanuary 2, 2013
    Cazuela Mariscos - just like home ;)
  • Hana S.
    Hana SlevinJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Coconut mojito is amazing. So refreshing and smooth.
  • Jessica Z.
    Jessica ZimmermanDecember 23, 2012
    Grapefruit margarita is a must!
  • Dante D.
    Dante D'OrazioDecember 17, 2012
    Great place, but recommend coming off-hours if you just want to enjoy a drink and some (fantastic) food -- can get very crowded.
  • Vanity Fair
    Vanity FairDecember 12, 2012
    Spicy grapefruit margaritas are a highlight at this popular Mexican spot.
  • Seth H.
    Seth HartNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the black bean dip. Get any of the tacos. Order the Top Shelf grapefruit. Enjoy one of the best places on earth.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrantOctober 8, 2012
    Great house margarita, great salsa... Very friendly staff. GO THERE!!
  • Seth V.
    Seth VerBeekOctober 7, 2012
    Totally worth the 1.5 hour wait. Grab a beer at Top Hops Beer Shop around the corner on Orchard in the meantime. The Platos Mexicano is some of the most memorable food I've tried in the city.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel ReesSeptember 28, 2012
    The guac rocks - nice and chunky. Chips great too.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny Soo HooSeptember 27, 2012
    They charge $2.50 if you ask for more chips with your guac
  • Emily
    EmilySeptember 23, 2012
    Mango and steak salad is salty sweet deliciousness
  • Melyssa B.
    Melyssa BrownSeptember 18, 2012
    The habanero grapefruit marg has serious kick. Burns so good!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BodgeSeptember 13, 2012
    Dont waste your time. Horrible food poisoning 5 minutes after eating here. Call 311 this place might kill you.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HussonSeptember 3, 2012
    Habanero grapefruit margarita is the way to go.
  • Simone C.
    Simone CareagaAugust 30, 2012
    Mojitos and tacos in the lower east side
  • Nani W.
    Nani WeinbergAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Beyond in love with this place. Grapefruit Margaritas with brown sugar lined rim are a MUST-try. Come early and save a seat at the bar or at table, this place has LONG waits.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RestivoAugust 8, 2012
    the steak tacos-- i know it sounds simple, but the meat is incredible.
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny W.August 5, 2012
    Best enchilada in NYC
  • Rohit R.
    Rohit RaoJune 27, 2012
    Be careful, in the context of margaritas, "jalapeno" and "habanero" may sound very similar to your waitress.
  • Dan
    DanJune 24, 2012
    Best Mexican in NYC!
  • David P.
    David PJune 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Look for the orange front door and the Chinese lanterns hanging in the windows- these are the only identifiers to let you know you've successfully navigated to this rare gem
  • David P.
    David PJune 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Guacamole is fantastic- you're going to need more chips though
  • David P.
    David PJune 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Margaritas are incredible here. The jalapeño tequila is extremely hot. If you can't handle it, try half jalapeño/ half regular
  • Preston K.
    Preston KJune 17, 2012
    Steak Sandwich + Fried Egg on top. - Incredible
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 4, 2012
    No need to wait in line, saddle up to the bar and order jalapeno or grapefruit margaritas.
  • Anita T.
    Anita TandonMay 21, 2012
    The soppasitos are awesome- light and satisfying. The Habanero Grapefruit marg is intense! Jalapeno was just right for me.
  • Ava L.
    Ava LuMay 2, 2012
    The guacamole is... Awesome... Like !!!!
  • Ori Z.
    Ori ZoharApril 18, 2012
    The habanero margarita is the spiciest drink you've ever had.
  • Campbell K.
    Campbell KApril 4, 2012
    Delicious food, but it takes a longgg time to make for Mexican cuisine...
  • Glynn M.
    Glynn MontemayorMarch 25, 2012
    Jalapeño margarita. Do it. Joe and Amy are amazing and super friendly, too!!
  • Shyla D.
    Shyla D.March 24, 2012
    Guacamole is amaze and a huge portion for the price. Get the shrimp & calamari entree, it is SO good, my friend wished she had ordered it!
  • Kim E.
    Kim EngelsMarch 22, 2012
    Great Food and Cocktails
  • jin k.
    jin kimMarch 6, 2012
    this place sucks. the worst service ever. bitch waitress.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AndrewMarch 3, 2012
    Our Video Review: http://tinyurl.com/84258w7
  • Shalin A.
    Shalin AminFebruary 20, 2012
    If you're in the moo for margaritas. Be prepared to wait during peak hrs.
  • Tara J.
    Tara JagsFebruary 19, 2012
    Avoid mean/cranky hostess.
  • Louis B.
    Louis BruscoFebruary 16, 2012
    Barrio is one of those rare Manhattan restaurants that is perpetually packed without the constant hype from food blogs.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HughesJanuary 31, 2012
    Best spicy margarita in the city! It's usually a long line but there are great bars around to get drinks at while you wait...and it's worth the wait!
  • SPƎNGLISH (ñ)
    SPƎNGLISH (ñ)January 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    SPƎNGLISH (ñ) favorite drink is the "Michelada Cubana con Mezcal reposado"
  • Kieren S.
    Kieren SmithDecember 29, 2011
    Slow service. Long wait. Not worth it. Go to Taqeria LES instead.
  • Peter
    PeterDecember 28, 2011
    Try the habanero/watermelon margarita
  • Kristin L.
    Kristin LaBrieNovember 27, 2011
    Amazing fish tacos and shrimp tostadas. Good atmosphere.
  • Pulse Radio
    Pulse RadioNovember 22, 2011
    Jalapeño Margaritas, guacamole and steak tacos make this place into a perfect pre-game destination on the weekends or ultimate mid-week end up on a work night.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlaskoNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Habanero grapefruit margarita is horrendously spicy—but in a good way. Highly recommended.
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie CentenoNovember 15, 2011
    avoid on thurs-saturday. i recommend it for locals on off-nights.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 14, 2011
    Winner of Best Use of Habanero in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! The habanero grapefruit marg will make you forget you're drinking tequila.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 7, 2011
    Good Mexican food with a large selection of margaritas. Order the enchiladas moles and if you think you can handle heat - the habanero grapefruit margarita!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DizonNovember 1, 2011
    This place is @mikedizon approved. Grapefruit margaritas, bistec, fish tacos, cazuela. Bam
  • E P.
    E POctober 28, 2011
    Drunken shrimp is tasty, as well as the seafood soup entree. Their food is great, wonderful flavors. Prepare to wait a long time, drink a habanero infused grapefruit margarita. :-)
  • sarah l.
    sarah lipmanOctober 5, 2011
    its gan be a wait, but give them your number and they will call you when your tables ready.
  • Jose O.
    Jose Ortiz JrSeptember 26, 2011
    Bests Margarita's in the lower
  • rogey_mac
    rogey_macSeptember 24, 2011
    Kick off with a Jalapeño margarita to ease your taste buds in. Good tacos and amazing Cerviche. Love this place.
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KreickSeptember 17, 2011
    Best margaritas. Crazy good flavors like jalapeño, etc. The raspberry one is sexy. Tacos. AMAZING.
  • Food Lover
    Food LoverSeptember 14, 2011
    Best dishes are ceviche, enchiladas verdes, and steak. Margaritas are fresh fruit and delicious. Food is very reasonably priced for the quality.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SilverSeptember 12, 2011
    Everything here is amazing. A neighborhood staple. Don't forget the cocktails.
  • Laynie L.
    Laynie LuiSeptember 8, 2011
    The calamari taco is to die for! And if your here for brunch, get ready for huevos and steak fiesta in your belly. Order mechelada as your drink-- who needs protein shake for breakfast?!?
  • Sam C.
    Sam CSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chelada with Pacifico, guacamole, and al Pastor tacos
  • Veena R.
    Veena RAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Mexican and reasonable prices. Try Enchilada with green sauce and Tamarind Margarita
  • SPƎNGLISH (ñ)
    SPƎNGLISH (ñ)August 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best enchiladas de mole in En Why See! Also Tamarind Margaritas and mezcal micheladas!
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KlineAugust 21, 2011
    Don't get the habanero/jalepeño margartia unless you have an extremely high spice tolerance. And I mean extremely. Instead try any of the other delicious marg flavors! All delish!!
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos with a michelada. Finish with a strawberry vanilla margarita. Delicious. One of my favorite places. Read more
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaAugust 15, 2011
    Grapefruit margs, they are the cat's meow!! Read more
  • Erik Z.
    Erik ZimmermannAugust 14, 2011
    Obviously their margaritas are sick. For food, get the Chile En Nogada. It's incredible.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The cazuela de mariscos is hands down one of the best things I've ever eaten. Order that and a jalapeño margarita and you'll not only go home happy but you'll be craving more.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The cazuela de mariscos is hands down one of the best things I've ever eaten. Pair that with a jalapeño margarita and you'll not only go home happy but you'll be craving more.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 5, 2011
    Claire Robinson feasts on Mexican food and margaritas at Barrio Chino in New York, NY on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We recommend the Grapefruit Margarita. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • David P.
    David PAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the calamari/shrimp Dish as an appetizer. It is -amazing- . It won't let you down
  • Miguel B.
    Miguel BanuelosJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Always: Grapefruit habanero margarita Read more
  • miachel p.
    miachel pruettJuly 23, 2011
    To die for: Cactus & Black Bean Tacos, with their $3 Chips & Salsa. Coming from a Texan.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 22, 2011
    Start with the crisp chips and tangy salsa with a grapefruit habanero margarita followed by the Enchiladas or Antojitos. The music is loud and the wait can be long but it’s worth it.
  • harryh
    harryhJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a Habanero Margarita.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 19, 2011
    Hole in the wall that it is easily missed but happy I didn't place gets packed after 6 so come early mexican beers and the food was great had 3 different tacos all awesome and guacamole to die for
  • Mathias J.
    Mathias JakobsenJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    probably best upscale mexican in NYC. Bistec a la casa and habernero infused margarithas FTW. Read more
  • Patty D.
    Patty DukesJune 19, 2011
    Great food. Always busy. A wonderful find!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SchultzJune 11, 2011
    Do not expect prompt service
  • John H.
    John HarringtonJune 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Habanero Grapefruit Margarita is my favorite drink in the city. Drink 3 of them and you'll get weird.
  • Toby H.
    Toby HarrimanMay 28, 2011
    Amazing tacos and drinks, the charge you $2.50 for chip refill though.
  • Club Monaco
    Club MonacoMay 16, 2011
    Infusion of Chinese-Latino cuisine. Try the jalapeño tequila for a spicy kick.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LitmanMay 8, 2011
    Try the cazeula and get fresh corn tortillas to go with it. <3 ++!
  • Frank M.
    Frank MatticolaApril 24, 2011
    Still love the vibe.. But place is slippin a bit from few years ago. Way over salted food and guac
  • Lilly T.
    Lilly TApril 24, 2011
    Habanero grapefruit margarita is good but you better be into SPICINESS!
  • David M.
    David McNamaraMarch 22, 2011
    The Jalepeno margarita is like nothing you have had ever before. A cocktail you absolutely must try. Delicious.
  • OMGICU
    OMGICUMarch 21, 2011
    This tiny spot is really popular for its grapefruit margarita and mini tacos. You're probably going to have to wait awhile for a table, but you might be waiting alongside a local like James Iha.
  • Val C.
    Val C.March 18, 2011
    Love love love this place! Def the best mexican food & margs in the city. Enchiladas verdes & fish tacos. Yum city!!
  • 2Plus2NYCReview
    2Plus2NYCReviewMarch 17, 2011
    Loved this place! Young and fun… the perfect final destination for late night eats after a night out perusing the plethora of nearby watering holes. Check what else we said and our review. Read more
  • Diana M.
    Diana MMarch 16, 2011
    The calamari taco is underrated! Delicious! But since they're small, do order a side of black beans and cheese.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MelideoFebruary 7, 2011
    The tacos are served cold.
  • Henry C.
    Henry CaseyFebruary 6, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Molletes are the best of the lunch menu only items. Pescado tacos are unfuckwitable. Get here early or you're gonna wait. Habanero Margarita = spiciest
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DocktorJanuary 16, 2011
    Raspberry paloma marggg!
  • Emily G.
    Emily GrossJanuary 10, 2011
    Tacos al pastor is amazing don't leave here without trying them.
  • Nick W.
    Nick WaltersJanuary 9, 2011
    We love Irene, Christina, Charles and the rest of the BC crew. You guys are the best
  • doug j.
    doug jaegerDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here before 6pm during the week, getting a table any other time is challenging.
  • Erica T.
    Erica TempchinDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best raspberry Paloma in town.
  • Mindee A.
    Mindee AvivaDecember 23, 2010
    That jalapeño marg is insane!!! Looooove!!!!
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeDecember 20, 2010
    u need a lil hot & snappy? check this out: habanero-infused grapefruit margarita to start then hit up the tacos - al pastor, pescado.. finish it off with any of the entrees.
  • Henry C.
    Henry CaseyNovember 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Habañero Infused Grapefruit Margarita is the best idea I don't believe was arrived at naturally, ever.
  • Eric
    EricNovember 23, 2010
    Ask for Fidel, then tip him well!
  • Antone N.
    Antone NemOctober 28, 2010
    Mark M is the real mayor of this place, and he says the jalapeno margarita is the must have.
  • Iversen
    IversenOctober 20, 2010
    Habenero Grapefruit margarita is the best cocktail I've ever had. Seriously.
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Mex in the big Apple, Angeleno approved!
  • Stefanie S.
    Stefanie SchusselOctober 10, 2010
    That habanero margarita is VERY spicy. Mole enchiladas equal amazing.
  • MidgeMadge D.
    MidgeMadge DSeptember 21, 2010
    Coolest bar on the LES. Get a michaelada and fish or pork tacos.
  • AJ A.
    AJ AlbanoSeptember 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is good. I eat all the food. Habanero Grapefruit Margarita if you love spice like me.
  • Ben K.
    Ben KaplanAugust 29, 2010
    Try the habanero grapefruit margarita. VERY spicy but super delicious!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MulliganAugust 17, 2010
    mezcal margs, tacos nopales, and no mention of the name of the joint anywhere. please keep it that way.
  • Bala M.
    Bala MullothAugust 13, 2010
    Jalapeño infused Margarita + Guac. Get it NOW.
  • Lexi N.
    Lexi NAugust 10, 2010
    Best spicy tequila in town. If you like it hot go here.
  • Tuan B.
    Tuan BuiJuly 18, 2010
    Love the margaritas and the bartenders who make them! Especially the one with the handlebar mustache!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MaxwellJuly 16, 2010
    Guacamole appetizer is to die for
  • Katie M.
    Katie MurphyJune 21, 2010
    PLEASE do yourself a favor: get the jalapeno margarita if you're feeling spicy or the strawberry vanilla margarita if you're feeling sweet. You WON'T be disappointed!!! (Btw, best mole sauce EVER!)
  • Hayden C.
    Hayden CourtlandJune 11, 2010
    Get the Grapefruit Margarita *with* brown sugar on the lip of the glass. It's delightful!
  • Alexandra S.
    Alexandra SmithMay 30, 2010
    Best margaritas and guacamole you will ever have
  • Henry C.
    Henry CaseyMay 28, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Jalapeño infused Lime Margarita. YAT YAT YAT YAT. MAN DOWN.
  • Katie O.
    Katie O'ConnellMay 21, 2010
    Tasty Borrachos Camarones Read more
  • Jason T.
    Jason T.May 14, 2010
    Im a taco fan, these were awesome. The Habanero margaritas were popular with others, if you have the buds for it, go for it. Me, I cant even look at them without reaching for water. Too hot
  • John H.
    John HarringtonMay 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Micheladas are excellent.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer B.May 2, 2010
    Best margaritas in manhattan. Habanero is great if you can handle the heat.
  • Wes A.
    Wes AdamsMay 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Habanero margaritas are no joke. HOT stuff but so good.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BozarthMarch 26, 2010
    Grapefruit margaritas and fish tacos = an amazing experience.
  • Joseph N.
    Joseph NehoraiFebruary 27, 2010
    Fish tacos and michelada with negra modelo...
  • Brandon P.
    Brandon PerlmanFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tacos. No doubt
  • Sammy A.
    Sammy AlkanJanuary 18, 2010
    Fidel, the bartender during the week, is super friendly. Say hello!
  • Jiayi H.
    Jiayi HuangJanuary 15, 2010
    Fish tacos and awesome margheritas goes without saying. Mole is delish. Camarones borrachos made me cry with happiness. V. reasonable prices too! 10/10!
  • Ray T.
    Ray TiongJanuary 15, 2010
    Margaritas and fish tacos! Great mole too...
  • David Z.
    David ZieglerDecember 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    perfect remedy for a cold day, their sopa azteca!
  • Gene V.
    Gene VegaDecember 1, 2009
    excellent snacks, cold beer!!!
  • Sammy A.
    Sammy AlkanNovember 13, 2009
    best steak tacos (arrachera) and margaritas in downtown area...
  • Tuan B.
    Tuan BuiNovember 5, 2009
    My neighborhood hangout... Love the Grapefruit habanero margarita! Sweet, spicy, and salty.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenOctober 13, 2009
    corner bar seats rule the roost, moreso when you rock enchiladas verde, people!
  • Emily V.
    Emily VernonSeptember 28, 2009
    Chips, guacamole and a jalepeno margarita are all you need to right the wrongs of your day.
  • Nate W.
    Nate WestheimerAugust 30, 2009
    habeñero-infused grapefruit margarita is hot. I dare u to find out how good it is
  • Marc G.
    Marc GalindoAugust 26, 2009
    Don't try and find a table. Wait until someone gets up from the bar. There's always someone getting up every 10 minutes.
  • Karyn R.
    Karyn RiegelAugust 11, 2009
    grapefruit margarita and fish tacos
  • Filipe F.
    Filipe FortesJuly 10, 2009
    Order the excellent seafood stew (Cazuela de Mariscos?) and have a spicy margarita
  • Michael M.
    Michael MilbergerFebruary 15, 2009
    Go to Barrio Chino and get the Grapefruit Margarita. Habanero if you need more hair on your chest. Read more
  • Beatriz G.
    Beatriz Garriga RamosJanuary 17, 2015
    Cocteles, nachos
  • Vida E.
    Vida EhnApril 13, 2014
    Mmmmmm, si !¡
  • Ashley E.
    Ashley EmmaFebruary 25, 2012
    Jalapeño margarita, yes please
  • Mariana W.
    Mariana WMarch 27, 2011
    Ensalada de calamari ... Yum!!!!
  • Ilona D.
    Ilona D.April 5, 2010
    camarones borrachos = deliciousness!
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