Restaurants, Mexican Chinatown
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Siblings Christopher and Heather Tierney of cocktail bar Apothéke open this sultry Mexican restaurant and bar next door. Pair tacos with the spot's alcoholic inspiration pulque, a milky spirit made by fermenting agave. It's offered here straight or mixed into cocktails with flavors like jicama-chile or corn-pineapple.


Venue name: Pulqueria
Address: 11 Doyers St
New York
Cross street: between Bowery and Pell Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 6pm–1am, Thu–Sat 6pm–2am
Transport: Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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lily r

This is my go-to "impress-the-tourists-without-enduring-touristy-sights" destination. Hidden off of Canal Street on the little loop that is Doyers Street, Pulqueria is completely unexpected. The street itself is very quiet (though a crowd can sometimes grow outside of neighbor speakeasy, Apotheke), and the restaurant is marked by a blue-rimmed entranceway, which leads to candlelit stairs. Once downstairs, you enter a dimly-lit, entirely seductive mezcal den. I'd recommend not telling your guests what you are walking them into - it's more fun to see their reactions at the surprise. The space is always filled with a young, trendy crowd and the food and drinks, while a bit pricey, are great!