311 Church St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.719710 -74.004007
Mon-Fri 5 pm-4 am, Sat-Sun 11 am-3 pm, 5 pm-4 am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Tribeca
Dinner at Macao combines Portuguese and Chinese flavors, with flavorful coconut milk cocktails and supersavory entrees like Hoisin barbecue noodles and forbidden black rice.
Monday nights at Macao mean Drunken Dragon Nights, a burlesque show hosted by producer Calamity Chang with a fabulous (read: long and topshelf) open bar. And yet, some of my friends have turned this show down.
New York City: the only city in world where you can call up a friend, tell him there's an open bar of fine cocktails in a beautiful setting where he'll be entertained by gorgeous girls doing burlesque for free, and he responds that he's going to stay home and watch Modern Family.
You'll regret it when you're older. Go now.
Amazing Food & Cocktails – Great place for a cocktail and even if you decide to have dinner...it's been open for years but I recently found it walking on the street. The drinks are amazing and service is good. Will be back soon!
Citysearch Editorial Review – Opened by the Employees Only mixologists and a team of veteran restaurateurs, this hot spot on the western fringe of Chinatown trades in exotic ambiance, Macanese small plates and--of course--world-class cocktails. A museum-worthy collection of antiques (everything from ancient maps to 18th century sex toys) collected on trips to Macao, distressed wood and tin ceilings are lit in sultry reds for a seedy, sexy '40s feel. Because the Portuguese and the Chinese never fused cultures or cuisines in Macao, everything on the menu is offered in two versions, i.e., jumbo prawns grilled with vino verde and garlic butter (Portuguese) or sautéed with chili peppers (Chinese). The cocktails are also Far East-influenced, with white-coated bartenders muddling potions like the creamy Drunken Dragon's Milk--coconut puree, green tea vodka, Thai basil, bitters--and the delicious Dr. Funk--a rum cocktail made with homemade grenadine, ginger beer and aromatic absinthe, finished with fresh mint and fruit. As much a nightspot as it is a restaurant--and one very popular with celebrities (there's a secret entrance/exit)--Macao's downstairs lounge becomes a speakeasy style club after 10pm, replete with guest list, bouncer and tinted-window Town Cars out front.
Food NOT worth the effort.... – I read the reviews here and they seemed mixed – but decided to give the place a try anyway. Things went pretty bad from the beginning.
ARRIVAL: We walk in and are told that they are running late and that the reservation will be a bit. After about 20 minutes finally brought to our table which is literally a round end table for a lamp. Very cool and trendy – no way two people can have dinner there.
We told the hostess that the table was simply too small. She said this is the only table we have and if you want something else you will have to wait until something else comes up – probably 20-30 minutes. Mind you – this was said with the attitude that we were being difficult – not the least apologetic tone could be ascertained. She then promptly turned her BACK ON US at the reservation stand. We briefly discussed and decided to just have a drink at the bar. Said to the hostess – we will wait and – we would just appreciate a good table for the inconvenience. She said ok without looking up from her reservation book. Saw other people with similar bad experiences at arrival, people complaining that they had been waiting very long etc.
DÉCOR: Place is much smaller than I expected – not a very large restaurant.
FOOD: The menu is interesting – Bacalao Fried rice (Side) very nice, Jade Dumplings (Appetizer) ok – the dipping sauce saved it, Free range chicken in a curry sauce (Main) – very delicious definitely recommend (New item not on Menupages), Peking pork ribs (main): Very salty and a bit bland other than salt, but meat fell off the bone.
DRINKS: Went to the bar to wait for table and the service as mentioned on other reviews is just “too trendy” (Read: Attitude). And while the drinks are interesting not sure if they are worth the $14 each – served in smaller than usual glasses – both the wine and drinks – so very expensive! Also while waiting for entrees a coule of times the waitress tried to take drinks that weren't finished. More like trying to raise the bill instead of service oriented.
Summary: Overall – food was “ok” nothing to rave about. The service was sub-par – used to going to a lot of both fancy and trendy places – this place is more about the trendiness. If you go – bring a lot of patience for what you will get – it is the only way to enjoy your evening without thinking about service all night and ruining your meal. We had to chase bus boys all night for drinks, etc. so prepare for that. Overall – too many places to go in New York where the food is better, drinks are not so expensive and you can truly enjoy dinner. I wouldn’t trade in Macau.
Not even the Chocolate Torte would get me to go back! – The place was a disaster from the moment we entered the door. The hostess only mentioned there was a downstairs lounge with possible seating after we'd been standing in stilettos for nearly 30 minutes. We were given a table for six (although there were only two of us) and told we had an hour before they needed the table for a large party. Then, before we could order, we were asked to move to a smaller table because a large party had just arrived and they needed the table (we were compensated with a round of drinks). Mind you, we were told that the two seater was on reserve and we could not be seated there not five minutes before. Ok, despite this, we order and have a lovely (yet slow) meal. The Portuguese style chicken was amazing and the Chinese broccoli is delicious. I must say overall the quality of service and ambiance are nonexistent. Macao was understaffed and poorly managed. In fact, Brian, the manager last night, was the worse part of my experience. We asked our server to split the check and she paid the wrong amounts to each card. Brian, took over from there and says "Well, we don't split checks. You've got one table, you get so one check. So tell me how much you want to put on each card." Needless to say, this is highly inappropriate, demonstrates absence of class and professionalism. And then he pretended he could not assign appropriate sales tax to a $44 subtotal and asked us to do the math for tax as well. He never apologize for the mistake made to our bill and only apologized for his behaviour after I pointed out that it was disrepectful and just plain wrong. Neema, our server is an absolute doll and, even though she made an error in settling our bill, was totally gracious and is an asset to the establishment. Overall, I will never return because the good food and great dessert and far outweighed by disorganization and bad leadership.
Not Recommended – I would definitely not recommend this place. My sister and I dined there about a month ago, and she got very sick. I had to get her to the doctor the next day. The service was so/so.
Delicious mushroom croquettes – I can't stop thinking about the mushroom croquettes, so exceptionally good and mushroomy, mmm, i had two orders last time. I like this place, even though the crowd can be an unsettled mix, and I'm not crazy about the front door/bar feng shui situation when you first walk in - the bottom bar is much cozier - but the bartenders are lovely (when they have time to be), the crockery is beautiful, and while the dining room can be a bit loud, the overall vibe is good and I'm telling you, those mushroom croquettes...
Great Place! – Great industry place. Awesome music. friendly Bartenders. And a good crowd - not your typical B&T. Downstairs seems more fun than upstairs. Didn't have a problem getting in. Next time will try the food.
The place is slowly getting it just right! – I'm really growing to like this place. The bacalou fried rice is tasty, we usually end up ordering seconds. The drinks are spot on, they have a good idea of what flavors blend well together in a tall glass! I think the execution on Cantonese style dishes still need work, I say load up on all the tasty appetizers. From the dumplings to the swiss chard, the flavors were incredible. The ambience is very enjoyable, for diners who prefer a more lively scene stay upstairs. I perfer the lounge downstairs. Great date place and very romantic. The menu has changed since the first time I went so I think they are slowly getting things just right, its getting to become one of my favorite places to go in that area.
worth the trek – Been here 4 times since opening, twice for drinks and twice for food. The drinks are certainly on par for what you would expect from the folks at EO, along with the crowd and personalities who fill the bar. I have found the food to improve since my first time eating there, they seem to have added a few new dishes and taken some off that I would assume no one was ordering. I disagree with some previous posts on the food being bland, its hard to make asian or port. style food bland, and the dishes I ordered certianly were not.
PS. the downstairs lounge was a good time and was surprisingly crowded for 2 am in tribeca. not sure what they are going for with that space, my guess is another pseudo hidden club where people can dance, kudos on the female DJ.
Ho-Hum – Arrived for dinner with easy expectations, and even those were not met. The staff was friendly enough , but the food was really blah and tasteless. I felt like I was in some sort of high end Disney themed restaurant, ... I just have to wonder what they were thinking. I didn't have any of the cocktails , which looked good, but the bar area was so packed it was standing room only . Sorry to say I won't be returning.
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