Macao Trading Co.
New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
From the team behind the acclaimed Employees Only and David Waltuck, chef and owner of Chanterelle, comes a new super-hip Tribeca spot. Taking its inspiration from the brothels and opium dens of old 1930s Macao, customers are encouraged to leave their inhibitions at the door and embrace a little dose of erotic abandon. And most are more than happy to oblige. Macao was a Portuguese colony in China for centuries, which accounts for the unique menu structure and the melding of European and Asian cuisine – many of the appetizers and entrées are offered cooked “Chinese style” or “Portugese style”. Meanwhile dishes such as curried chicken and okra turnovers and bacalao fried rice have been created to complement exotic and rather yummy cocktails such as the Drunken Dragon’s Milk, which combines green-tea vodka blended with coconut purée, pandan syrup, Chinese five spice bitters and Thai basil, and Yellow Fever, a concoction of rye, Benedictine and egg white. The décor is also influenced by Macao: lots of warm wood with a gorgeous glass-backed bar and antique bric-a-brac scattered throughout and crammed into a decorative balcony that runs around the upstairs room. This room is more of a restaurant, although you might be able to grab a seat at the bar. Or for more serious drinking head downstairs to the moody basement below, complete with semi-private booths. And while many New York kitchens beginning shutting up shop around midnight, at Macao the dedicated late night menu runs until 3:30am, so Tribeca drinkers can stop in for an late night/early morning bite to eat and a nightcap before stumbling home as the sun comes up.
What their peers say
“Modelled on a Macao brothel by the same guys who created the incomparable Employees Only, MTC has quickly become a requisite on any lower Manhattan drink-around. Be sure to peek downstairs.” Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown of Mixellany Ltd.