Boca Chica (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Latin American East Village
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Boca Chica (CLOSED)
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Strains of low-key island music set the scene at the been-here-forever Pan-Latin spot Boca Chica. The restaurant eschews fancy flourishes in favor of basic, delicious eats. Smoky grilled pork chops find their foil in spicy-sweet salsa spiked with Worcestershire sauce, and a Brazilian moqueca de peixe—tender shrimp and tilapia in coconut sauce served over rice—is a fragrant wonder. Potent sangria, bobbing with sliced citrus, rounds out this laid-back meal.

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Venue name: Boca Chica (CLOSED)
Contact:
Address: 13 First Ave
New York
10003
Cross street: at 1st St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30–11pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–midnight
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $13. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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