Bodega Negra opens in the Dream Downtown
Serge Becker transplants London's sex-shop-themed Mexican restaurant to Chelsea.
Fri Jan 31 2014
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Soft-shell-crab taco at Bodega Negra
Nightlife impresario Serge Becker imports London’s sex-shop-themed Mexican cantina, scrubbed clean for the Dream Downtown: He’s swapped the seedy original’s neon lights and peep-show silhouettes for copper-trimmed tables and mirrored panels. For his third venture at the hotel—joining Melvin’s Juice Box and La Esquina—Becker taps chef Michael Armstrong (Morimoto) to roll out Yucatán-inspired tacos (soft-shell crab), quesadillas (habanero and roasted tomatoes) and large-format dishes (whole suckling pig). Banked by a wall of antique tequila barrels, the amber-lit bar stocks 90 bottles of the spirit, employed in cocktails like the Chamomile Daisy (chamomile-apple agave, lemon) and a hibiscus-infused Paloma. 355 W 16th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-229-2336)