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Photograph: Filip WolakSoft-shell-crab taco at Bodega Negra
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Photograph: Filip WolakQuesadilla rustica at Bodega Negra
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Photograph: Filip WolakGuacamole at Bodega Negra
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Photograph: Filip WolakBodega Negra

Bodega Negra opens in the Dream Downtown

Serge Becker transplants London's sex-shop-themed Mexican restaurant to Chelsea.

By Christina Izzo

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)

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