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Portuguese Restaurant NYC

Trading Up
February 7, 2013
By , NYC Contributor

The place: Macao Trading Co.

The space: The Portuguese spice trade docks at this distinctly oriental restaurant in Tribeca. Much like a 19th-century ship, the wooden hull-like interior is stocked with colonial ephemera and antiques, from old roulette wheels to Chinese teak screens – all of which bring to mind opium dens, bordellos, and card sharks. Accelerate your seductions downstairs in the dark subterranean cove decorated with posters and prints of vintage Asian erotica.

The ingredients: Incorporating spices and dishes from the 15,000-mile trade route through Africa, India, and the Far East, the chefs also source locally – duck from Long Island, pumpkins from Jersey, and runner beans from the owner’s garden in Bushwick.

The special: The winter menu returns bone marrow to the menu – this time crusted with praline, cider, and sea salt, and garnished with chili pepper jam made in-house.

311 Church St., 212-431-8750, macaonyc.com

(Photo: courtesy of Macao Trading Co.)