Bodega Negra

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Soft-shell-crab taco at Bodega Negra

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Quesadilla rustica at Bodega Negra

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Guacamole at Bodega Negra

Photograph: Filip Wolak

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.
Venue name: Bodega Negra
Address: 355 W 16th St
New York
Cross street: between Eighth and Ninth Aves
Opening hours: Daily 5:30pm–2am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average entrée: $29. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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