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La Barra Cevicheria (CLOSED)

  • Restaurants
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Think ceviche, and Peru usually comes to mind. But the neon pink CEVICHERIA sign in the window of this snug Mexican small-plates eatery is evidence of the popularity of acid-cured fish throughout much of Latin America. It’s worth ordering the signature dish, though we suggest trying only one of the versions, since the basic preparation remains essentially the same: Your choice of protein (snapper, scallops, shrimp or mushroom) comes tossed in a bright mixture of lime juice and finely diced tomatoes, onion and cilantro, almost like a seafood-studded pico de gallo. While this menu redundancy is somewhat limiting, there are enough other options from the tiny open kitchen to round out a meal. A juicy-if-bland shrimp taco came with four plump crustaceans, black beans and avocado; two types of pleasantly floury empanadas were stuffed with melted cheese, corn kernels and poblano peppers, and with shredded chicken with a slightly sweet mole sauce; and a surprisingly successful tostada supported a thin layer of minced raw tuna with a light chipotle mayonnaise. Our favorite of the traditional desserts was a moist tres leches cake, though soupy rice pudding tasted like preboiled grains doused with cream. If we have a major complaint about La Barra, it’s that very few dishes were particularly special (one rare standout was the guacamole, a winningly simple, tomato-free rendition). Still, it’s a fine place for a quick bite, especially taking into account its thoughtful BYO setup: Select an affordable bottle from the wine list, and someone from a nearby store delivers it to you minutes later. Retail prices with tableside service? Now that’s something special.

Written by
Time Out New York editors


250 Broome St
New York
Cross street:
between Ludlow and Orchard Sts
Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Average small plate: $7. MC, V
Opening hours:
Mon 6:30pm–1am; Tue–Sat 12:30–3pm, 6:30pm–1am
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