13 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.723484 -73.988632
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Awful!!! Terrible service - VERY RUDE!! – We recently went last Saturday, October 21, 2006, with a group of 13 people. We had called ahead to make reservations, but we were told we could not, however, we were told to arrive at around 6:30 to accommodate our party. Once we got there, 8 of 13 in our group, the hostess was rude and unprofessional. Her attitude did not change all night. We were finally able to sit when person number 11 arrived, but no sooner, the hostess would not sit our party, yet was angry that we were "blocking" her way. 13 people were sat on 3 small tables. The food was ok - not typical at all - I ordered an alleged Dominican dish (chicharrones de pollo) - it was far from what I ordered - it was just fried chicken, not chicharrones. After we ate dinner, 2 of our friends left - the rude hostess approached and wanted to take a table away since "you are only 11 now". We were not even allowed to order dessert nor coffee (which we were going to). I will NEVER go to this place.
Fun, Colorful, Yummy – Great ambience, fun and quirky crowd and pretty good food. Not great food, but filling and satisfying. Good sangrias and mojitos. The steak sandwich is very good as is shrimp ceviche (although a ceviche is a wrong term since the shimp is actually cooked, not marinated).
Expensive for the location but fun and accommodating – We spent $40 a piece here. The dinner was really good, but that is somewhat pricey for the Lower East Side. The big expense was the great Xingu Beer at $6.50 a pop. The spicy shrimp was a welcome change in a city full of food wimps. All the dishes were delicious, and the staff was really accommodating of our rearranging the furniture as we grew. Dessert? The pineapple with rum sauce! Come before 7 if you want to be sure of a seat. Yowsah! --Eat club is a roving group of NYC gluttons.
Great casual date spot – When my boyfriend and I were going on our first date I went on citysearch to find a good inexpensive date spot. I chose Boca Chica and I am so happy I did. The place is very small and but also very colorful and festive. The food is authentic and DELICIOUS. My boyfriend is not very adventurous when it comes to food but he loved the Arroz con Pollo and even ate some of my Ropa Vieja. This is not a trendy hopping bar the attitude of the place is that more of a cafe than a restaurant but it is very good food for a very good price and the decor puts you in a great mood. Plus if you want to check out the bar scene afterwards it is in a great location. There are probably six tables and one booth in the entire place but the staff does not rush you out, Try the Flan and the white sangria- both delicious! My boyfriend and I have been together over a year now and he still suggests Boca Chica everytime we plan to go out to eat.
Great Brazilian food – I love this place. I've been here lots of time and try to bring anyone who hasn't tried it. The food is fresh, flavorful and delicious. I don't know how else to describe it.
It's a bar/restaurant, so it's loud music, crowded around the bar.
Free plaintains and bean dip fills you up, so don't indulge.
Their drinks are great and service is quick.
THIS PLACE IS DRRREAMY!!! :) – I have literally dreamt about the food here!!! Everything is delicious!! Ivan, the bartender, is great! The atmosphere is always fun. It's a great place to take out-of-towners! Not expensive and portions are big. I LOVE LOVE LOVE BOCA CHICA!!! :)
Great food, great environment, tiny though – This place is one of my favorites. The food is great. The fried plantains and dip they give you at the table are delicious and different. The drinks are REALLY strong. I cant help but order the Pastel de Choclo everytime, it's so good. The only thing is that it's tiny so a group of 2 is definitely best here. And the bar is small too, so waiting for a table can be uncomfortable.
Good Spanish styled food – We celebrated a friends birthday there last night. We selected Boca Chica because there were so many bar/lounges within walking distant from it. Before hand we were told that they do not take reservations on Saturday nights and the wait could be around 1hour anytime after 8pm for large parties. We thought that was an inconvience but were told we could hang out at the bar and wait. When we got there we realized why they dont take reservations, the place is tiny. However we were seated pretty quickly. The food was enjoyable, the food was well seasoned and cooked and we had everything from coconut shrimp, steak and chicken. The sangria was kind of bland. They did bring out a piece of cake with a candle on it for my friend which was a cute added touch. Overall we enjoyed our time at Boca Chica.
Truly a bocalicious experience! – This place can get pretty busy, so I would suggest making reservations. We had to wait about 45min-1h before we were seated, but they were kind enough to give us any one appetizer from the menu on the house due to the long wait.
The food (vegetarian & non-vegetarian) was truly authentic as well as the drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic). The quantity is definitely more than average, so don't go with a full stomach. Also, unless you really can handle chilies don't order the shrimps with green chili sauce - I personally loved it.
Great Food – Since frequenting there I make sure and recommend this place to any one who ask me about a great spot. I loved it the first time and have not been able to say different yet. There mojitos are great!!
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