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Seriously Impress a Date at 2nd Floor on Clinton

8 Jul

You know those ridiculously pretentious speakeasys made for the masses? This is not one. 2nd Floor on Clinton is basically an old studio apartment that has been converted into a tiny bar. The furniture is a mix of antique couches and lamps and a few chairs that look like they could be in Seinfeld’s apartment. Bookshelves make it super homey—sit by the window and look out on the LES below. There are even a few mini shutters for privacy/eavesdropping.

The bar is only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Enter through the back of Barramundi (which is a pleasant place in itself with a happy hour that goes until 9). Cocktails are $14—don’t stay for too many. Next time I am trying the Topsy-Turvy: Death’s Door vodka, honey liqueur, fresh ginger, lime and club soda. And Topsy is the name of a donkey, if you must know. See if you can find the old framed photograph of him on the wall.

Barrio Chino: Real Mexican food on LES

6 Apr

I grew up in San Diego and can attest to the fact that most Mexican food in New York is abysmal. Or expensive. Or both. That’s why Barrio Chino makes me happy. This tiny spot where the Lower East Side meets Chinatown serves authentic, fairly priced Mexican specialties. Not many surprises on the menu—guac ($8), tacos ($9), enchiladas ($13), shrimp ($10)—but everything is fresh and delicious. Be sure to order the sincronizadas with oaxacan cheese and spicy mexican chorizo and avocado ($9). Oh, and I almost forgot: the margs! If you like spicy, try the grapefruit jalapeno. If you’re into burn-your-mouth-spicy, brave the grapefruit habanero. Good luck with that.

One more thing: There’s always a wait but the hostess will take your number and call you when your table is ready. Because it’s just that kind of place.