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.
|Venue name:||Boca Chica (CLOSED)||Contact:|
13 First Ave
|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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