Big June from B’klyn here, and in this article, I’m about to brag about the best little Bar Lounge in Tribeca. So here’s the story. A friend and I were chatting one Friday night, and I was really bummed cause everybody else was going out and I was heading home from work. I work Friday’s until like 11pm. I wanted to find a bar lounge that would be open by the time I got home, searched it on the internet, got dressed, and went back out. I was looking for something close to home initially, I.E. Brooklyn. There is a place called “The Sugar Cane” on Flatbush ave that I was considering but wasn’t sure of their closing time. so I Googled “Sugar bar”, what popped up was a place in Manhattan called “Sugar”, “open til 4am”. It seemed new and different and I’m always down for a new eatery. So My buddy and I hopped in the car and shot down to “Sugar”. The address read 311 Church st, and honestly I had no Idea where that was (I thought Church st was in Brooklyn). Fortunately for me I have the power of Google navigate although the address pulled up several different names, the top two were Sugar bar and lounge, and Macao Trading co. (pronounced ma-cow). when we walked up the place looked closed down, there were no signs and the door had the appearance of being sealed but once we entered it was cozy and the service was nice, granted it was the late night staff, the upstairs was closed and the basement was an eating area turned into a small club, they did serve food and I think I ate shoe string fries. all in all a fairly decent time, definitely worth a return visit.
So by the time we came back we’d learned that “Sugar” had been closed for the past three years and was now Macao Trading co. and although the place had an Asian feel straight from the orient, the Manager was a Jewish man named: Aikiva. The food may have been exqusite Asian cuisine (see menu here >>x<<) but our hostess Tonya appeared to be African American, very helpful and very pleasant I might add, but Not as pleasant as Elisa (pronounced eliza) our waitress who smiled practically the entire time she was working our table at the Macao Melting pot.
The Music is Just as satisfying as the food especially on Friday’s where it appeared that the DJ was appealing to a 30’s and up crowd. If you are going to try the food I strongly suggest the “dry Fried boneless pork ribs” or the “spicy sweet potatoes”. After about 12am the entire crowd goes downstairs where the music changes to a semi-bar club scene, but the Upstairs is very cozy and quaint. If you’re looking for a drink be prepared to enjoy a glass from their cocktail and wine selection, but if your a beer drinker, don’t expect to get a cold bottle of Heineken, instead look forward drinking “Tsingtao” a Chinese beer that although not as strong as a Heiny it’s not bad at all. Price wise, Depending on how much you drink, you can easily look forward to dropping a “C” note on the diner menu, you can probably spend half that on the late night menu but the cocktails are strong and you won’t need many if you’re trying to get shyt faced.
The summary: great atmosphere, great service, wonderful food, decent drinks, at an ok price
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