253 Broome St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.718027 -73.990042
Mon, 5:30pm-1:30am; Tue-Thu and Sun, 11:30am-1am; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-3am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
I'm Mexican and from California, so I know what's good, authentic Mexican food. Barrio Chino is all of that and more. Their salsas are spicy. Love the Enchiladas Verdes, Pollito Asado, Tacos de asada, and Guacamole. Get there early or late, there is always a line.
Extremely Disappointing – I was craving guacamole and came across great reviews for Barrio Chino so decided to go check it out with my husband. The ambiance was super cute, but the positive review ends there. The guacamole came out very watery. My pollo tacos had the after taste of dog food (not trying to be dramatic, but that's all I can think to compare it to). It seemed as though they threw in some scraped up pieces of meat from a dirty grill. Very disappointed in my meal and definitely will not be returning.
BAD SERVICE – We tried to make a reservation for Sat and were told it was a walk-in, we don't take any reservations. So we showed up early around 6:30 to go here for dinner and was told there was a 30-45minute wait, but nobody is waiting ahead of us.
A table opens up and we ask him if we can take the table, he says no you have to wait 45minutes. We ask him why, and the host says well there are people on the list ahead of you and i'm going to give them a few minutes, we ask him how many more minutes? He says 5minutes. 20 minutes pass and the table is still free sitting there by itself. A couple seats open up at the bar and he asks us whether he wants us those instead. We tell him we want the table and give the bar to the people who are not here, and he says no I'm not going to do that even though it has been 30 minutes he has been saving the table for someone who is not there. He actually started shouting "do you want the bar or not?" in a completely inappropriate manner.
It turns out that the host was actually calling his buddies to save the table for them, while they took their leisurely time, and making paying customers who were right then and there wait. I was a frequent customer here but never going to come here after this, they don't deserve any business with the cronyism shown by this this guy.
Management should re-evaulate the types of people they hire over here.
HORRIBLE SERVICE – I have been to Barrio Chino a few times and never had a real problem with the late and few is ok and reasonable. Nothing special. Went there on a Monday night and was told a 30 minutes. After an hour was told "another 30". After complaining to Joe was not given an apology and was told "too bad" Will never go back.
best Tequila list in town – This tiny little LES staple is my favorite Mexican place in NYC. Sure, its crowded, and you always have to wait for a table; i saw Sofia Coppola and her entourage turned away because the place was so full. But give your cell # to the friendly bar staff and head across the street to Little Giant for a warm up cocktail. The freshly prepared sangrita served with your Cazadores is worth the wait.
mmm jalapeno margaritas – Crazy... i've been asked to wait an hour on a Monday night for a table at this place, and I would have done it if i didn't have to get up early for work. That's how good the drinks are- the jalapeno grapefruit margaritas are my favorite.The food is consistently good, and the atmosphere is always cozy and fun.
Love the drinks! Good food & service – Went with a few friends for a low key weekend night. Knew the wait would be long, but persevered and whiled away at near by happy hours. Once seated, the staff were accommodating, courteous and efficient for the bustling pace & small space. Drinks were served quickly despite the crowd. The food and coconut mojitos were delicious! Also sampled a few of the magarita flavours and were not disappointed. Overall had a great night, recommended!
Amy+Coconut Mojitos+Bistek Torta= Happy Customer! – Drink: Coconut Mojitos
Eat: Bistek Torta
Sit by the bar and let Amy serve you!
And you will walk out of there with a full tummy and a big grin on your face (after drinking alot of Mojitos and having Amy serve them) :)
for the person leaving the rating below – Its hard to understand how a waiter that is sitting on a table flirting at all the girls (by the way he is gay) could still be working there for two years, and everyone still keep loving him and loving him and loving him. personally, i do not understand. If the problem is waiting in line for an hour, everyone does it, so does you fern... whatever! Barrio Chino is the best place ever, to eat, drink, have an amazing night and stare at cute waiters (Santana)..
Barrio Chino needs a new waiter – I've always liked this place and I bring all my friends here. The Habanero Margaritas are AMAZING and the food is "deliciosa". But last time I was a little concerned about the service -- I don't want my favorite restaurant go to hell just because of one waiter.
We as customers know that you have to wait for an hour that's fine, but when you finally get your table, it's very annoying to see the only waiter (Santana) sitting on the tables and hitting on all the female customers while your drinks are on the bar and your food is nowhere to be found.This is not a review, it is more a call to the Barrio Chino management.
Worth the extra 5 minutes – The food is very good. Service is surprisingly attentive. Price is reasonable ~$40/person for drinks and a few appetizers and an entre. Dark Rum Mojito is phenomenal (so is the light rum).
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