When it comes to cocktails, I like to seek out those that are special and combine unexpected ingredients. I found this while taking a trip to Macao Trading Co. this past weekend. It sits on an unsuspecting block in TriBeca, with a main floor for dining, and basement for drinks and dancing. I stopped by with some friends to check out my friend Sean who was spinning that night, and was pleasantly surprised with the ambience and crowd. The dim lighting and vintage Asian trinkets that decorate the basement space provide a laid-back and somewhat mysterious vibe for patrons. The star of this venue, aside from the aforementioned, are their cocktails. Handcrafted by mixologists, Macao Trading Co. boasts signature cocktails that compare to popular speakeasies scattered throughout the city. Starting at around $14, they can get a bit pricey, but the attention to detail and intricate mixtures make it all worth the while. Cocktail standout by far was Dr. Funk which combines “Mekhong Thai Rum served tall with Homemade Grenadine, Ginger Beer, dressed with Fresh Fruits and Mint & topped off with a drizzle of Absinthe“. Divine. We also snacked on some offerings from the late night menu which included garlic & parsley fries with curry ailoi, hanger steak satay, and shrimp & dill spring rolls with Vietnamese sweet chili sauce. Delectable! The combination of superb cocktails, food, ambience, crowd, and sounds, make it a must on my list.
311 Church St. (off of Walker)
New York, NY 10013