SnaxtimeUSA (Justin Ulloa) and I hit up Acuario Café this past Monday and just loved it. The concept is funky and authentic. It’s literally located in the passageway leading to the freight elevator of a garment district building. As you can imagine, it’s no frills with most customers doing take-out but there are some bar stools and ledges for on-location “dining.”
We were there at 1pm and the line was 50 deep out the door. We ordered the chicken and rice with lentils and the cod and rice. The chicken was fabulous, the cod not so much. It’s $5 for a huge portion and no tipping. The majority of customers are garment district laborers although there were also a handful of fashionistas who were clearly regulars!
This is not a place where I would typically go – but it would be an awesome place to have a party – just putting it out there!!
Now on to a more glamorous spot. On Tuesday night I checked out brand new Chinatown hotspot, Chinese Tuxedo. It’s located on Doyers Street, one of the most unusual and iconic streets in Manhattan. This one block long street is home to several of the coolest bars and restaurants in the city including Apotheke and Pulqueria. Chinese Tuxedo fits right in with this vibe – it’s a gorgeous space in a former opera house.
Read on below for my review of Chinese Tuxedo plus photos and a video.