13 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.723484 -73.988632
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Take Bocachica out of LES – I've been a customer of this restaurant for the past four years, I'm a lover of Latin cuisine. But today I had the worst experience in my life. I made a complaint to one of the waitresses about how salty the appetizer was, she was willing to change the plate and a little after, one of the owners came back to tell me that she did not think that the appetizer was that salty, "Latinos cook like that (with lots of salt), maybe this is not the restaurant for you" I replied, that I was a Latina and that I don't like salty foods, then the owner started questioning me about my health and making assumptions that I have high blood pressure because I'm Latina and my weight. Very disappointing for a restaurant in the LES to treat their customer like that. The Lower East Side is a community created by Latinos, it is not fair when people from other cultures come here to judge our own... If you are a Latino stand for your own and boycott Bocachica... This is our neighborhood wie will not be pushed out. Never again I will go to Bocachica, I hope that all Latinos can read this message and support... Take Bocachica out the LES.
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Delicious Fusion! – I came with a large group on Friday night, but there was delicious sangria so the 30 minute was no big deal. The food was really, really good (sweet plaintains filled with spicy beef are small, but every perfect bite counts!). The menu truly is a terrific blend of fusion food, so whether you want a burrito, mango gazpacho, or tostones they've got it in some delicous way!
Yummy, delicious, & aromatic!! – I've been to many spanish restaurants and I must say that Boca Chica was one of the best. The waiter/waitress were extremely fast and efficient. The food was amazing!!! It was layed out beautifully and smelled so good. Well worth the wait. I went there on a Saturday, and it was packed. I would definitely go there again!!
two words: shrimp ticul – yum-eeee.
ambiance: festive, fun, loud and boisterous - but not obnoxious, laid-back, colorful
prices: a little pricey, but not TOO bad
food: last night was my first time... i tried the shrimp ticul [green chili sauce with red onions and lime juice] accompanied by black beans, white rice and a type of coleslaw salad. The shrimp was absolutely ridiculously amazingly deliciously spicy and fresh. It was SO good and flavorful. I highly recommend this dish if you can handle your mouth being on fire.
service: strictly business - good speed, was not rushed, efficient, no extra chatter, water was filled regularly
meal came out to about $24 including a pacifico, tax, and tip
good casual spot – came her friday night. arrived around 8 and had to wait 30 mins or so for a table. shared the shrimp quesaditas which were good but probably had like one shrimp in it. shared a pitcher of white sangria which was a lil bit too sweet and not too heavy on the alcohol. i had the ropa vieja which was good. served with black beans, white rice and some salad. my friend had one of their specials.. chicken with sweet potato? It was ok but the chicken was a little bland and felt a lil bit under cooked?? Everything smelled really good tho and the portions are pretty big. Shared teh chocolate bread pudding which was very good. Pretty much like a chocolate cake the size of a baseball. The bill came to $61 total after tax. Although the wait was annoying, the food was good so i might be back for a regular-night out kind of dinner.
Great Place!!!! – Boca Chica (small mouth) is a great place. The food is very good, try the Steak!!
I go here at least 2-3 a week and never had a bad time. Its very fun place. Bar scene gets really good too
on the weekends theres a little wait but having drinks at the bar makes time go by fast. service is always good. Dont let the long waits push you away from this fun/hip place.
Great consistancy for years – All the fish specials and shrimp dishes are fantastic. I've been going at least once every other week for years and the food is always first rate. I always bring out of town friends here and it never disappoints. The dipping sauce that comes with the complimentary plantains is amazing. Great, friendly staff as well.
Great all-around – Great ambiance, great drinks, great food in generous portions, what more can you ask for? All I would say is that you should come early because they don't take reservations. I had about an hour of a wait which I didn't even mind because I hung out at the bar and had some great drinks. Overall a class act.
Best place for a weeknight date!!! – My girlfriend and I started going here a few years ago. We are in at least twice a month ever since. The food is always great. Drinks good and strong. Service is top knotch. Friday and Saturday night get kind of loud and sometimes a long wait. But that is true of any place, for Fridays and Saturdays, that is this good.
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