Barrio Chino

Barrio Chino

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • Stars
  • Stars
    The experts at Food Network and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
    • Food Network
    • The Corcoran Group
  • Tips
    "Habenero Grapefruit margarita is the best cocktail I've ever had."(37 Tips)
    Michelle W.
    "Everything is good, particularly the enchiladas Verdes."(16 Tips)
    Annie T.
    "I absolutely love their mole it's for sure the best I've had."(24 Tips)
    Terri R.
    "I tried the habanero grapefruit marg, which was good but very hot!"(7 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon292 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • trendy
  • micheladas
  • bar
  • good for dates
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  • James M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 19, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerJuly 25, 2017
    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
  • Beril E.
    Beril EsenOctober 13, 2017
    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.
  • Paul S.heart icon on user image
    Paul S.January 14
    Barrio Chino is an institution on LES. I love this restaurant which has been there for 20 years! The staff is amazing. Food terrific (guac, drinks, so good) and a favorite spot to hang. Go!
  • Frisia S.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Chrissy K.heart icon on user image
    Chrissy KMay 3, 2018
    Their jalapeño lime margaritas are SPICY! Al pastor tacos were good. I also tried their beet tacos (special) and it was interesting. Drinks come out very quickly, food takes a bit longer
  • Terri R.heart icon on user image
    Terri RApril 16, 2017
    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.
  • Emily K.heart icon on user image
    Emily KaneJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Lauren E.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Hannah P.heart icon on user image
    Hannah ParvazJanuary 11, 2017
    The cactus tacos are always welcome. You can bring in your own coffee. Beware the sautéed spinach comes with mushrooms.
  • Zii H.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • :Danielle S.heart icon on user image
    :Danielle StrleJune 25, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is the best. Huevos a la Mexicana is probably my #1 top favorite meal of all time.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Nani W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Tules Y.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Annie T.
    Annie TolochinskiSeptember 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,
  • 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.
  • Natalie A.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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
  • Sisi W.
    Sisi W.March 24, 2013
    The Queso Torta is pretty delicious. The Ciabatta bread is done really well.
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesSeptember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite Mexican places in nyc. Everything is good, particularly the enchiladas Verdes.
  • 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!!
  • Jason D.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonNovember 19, 2015
    I take back my previous tip about the habanero grapefruit margarita. It's really spicy. Be careful.
  • 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?!?
  • Abner A.heart icon on user image
    Abner AcevesMarch 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Really delicious mexican spot. Kitchen open late. Stop by 10 PM and on - no reservations. Try the Grapefruit Habanero Margarita!! 🔥
  • 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.
  • Laura R.heart icon on user image
    Laura RebeccaMarch 17, 2017
    Amazing margaritas, the lime mixer is made in house. Makes all the difference!
  • Lears F.heart icon on user image
    Lears FoolDecember 8, 2015
    Yep. The Habanero Grapefruit Margarita is one of my favorite spicy cocktails in the city. The mole kicks ass also.
  • 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.
  • Lindsey M.heart icon on user image
    Lindsey MartinSeptember 25, 2018
    One of my favorite places for margaritas in the city. If you like spicy, you have to try the habanero grapefruit marg.
  • 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.
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Monday L.
    Monday LisaOctober 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. :-)
  • Gustavo M.heart icon on user image
    Gustavo MalagónMay 17, 2017
    It's truly hard to find good Mexican food in NYC. This place doesn't only delivers good food but great tunes as well.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • David P.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Rheannon S.
    Rheannon SerinoFebruary 9, 2013
    The fresh grapefruit margarita is amazing. Guac and chips for a starter is a must.
  • Danielheart icon on user image
    DanielDecember 2, 2017
    Super cool place with great margaritas. Get the habanero grapefruit if you like a challenge 🌶️
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 6, 2014
    The cocktails, entree platter (to share) and lamb with tortillas were all fantastic. Worth the price.
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