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Macao Trading Co.

311 Church St. (Walker St.) Send to Phone
Portuguese and Chinese cuisines exist in post-colonial bliss at this retro-chic eatery.


 
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Macao Trading Co., New York, NY

Macao Trading Co. Restaurant Review

: Soft lights that are barely visible through lofty grated-metal doors offer the only sign that something abounds beyond Macao Trading Co.’s un-marked entrance. Inside, a diverse urban crowd trades in trendy TriBeCa for a nineteenth-century atmosphere that evokes the cultural contrasts of Macao. At the fully-stocked bar dominating the front of the eatery, a tarnished mirrored backsplash reflects a dark wood interior brightened by old-fashioned bulb lamps. Antiques including typewriters as well as small tables line a balcony over the dining room, lending an authentic air to the aged-ambience. Likewise, pink marble tables and Asian-inspired blue and white dishes add as much to the savory scene as the spicy aromas wafting over from your neighbor's dinner. Family-style eating is encouraged and with two options for many entrées, you can mix-and-match Portuguese and Chinese flavors according to your palate’s desire. Begin with the small dishes: spicy chorizo gives spectacular zest to Portuguese-style Manila clams while Chinese lobster dumplings are drenched in a cilantro dipping sauce. From the large-dish menu, plentiful plates include the sweet Peking-style pork ribs and enormous prawns in a creamy verde sauce. Consider your choice of cocktail when ordering the food---exotic recipes such as Mekhong Thai Rum with ginger beer, fresh fruit and a drizzle of absinthe can lead to a taste-sensory overload.
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