Where to eat in NYC: Barrio 47

“We must order the Majorcan flatbread with mushrooms,” I said to my dining companion.

“Wild mushrooms, spinach, truffle oil. It’s a no brainer.”

The flatbread was so good we could have stopped there, but since there were so many other tempting options, most of which are made right there in the open kitchen, we continued to order: another flatbread, this time with pancetta and corn, plus Portuguese octopus, burrata tomato salad and a few Blue Point oysters.

We enjoyed every morsel but couldn’t help giggle at the guy at the next table who clearly wasn’t enjoying the atmosphere: he kept his nose down into his iPhone while we sipped cocktails (I quenched my sangria craving) and nibbled on the Mediterranean-influenced food.

How could you be engrossed in a phone when Barrio 47 is so appealing? It’s one of those adorable neighborhood joints, that is if you live in the vicinity of the West Village or just north in Chelsea. But it’s also worth a trek, especially for a low-key date or a night out with a few friends. You can slurp oysters, share a cheese plate or order such entrees as Mayan shrimp, crispy artichokes and couscous, ribeye a la parilla served with watercress, figs and porcini beef jus or branzino (a lovely Mediterranean fish) with corn ratatouille.

While we sat just across from Chef Miguel Rosado who was cooking and plating his dishes in the open kitchen, placing some into the wood-burning oven, on my next visit I may just grab a seat at the bar. It looked like the place to be, with bottles of syrups and concoctions behind the bar that the bartender turns into such cocktails as Tamarind Dark and Stormy, El Diablo and Barrio 47’s signature drink: a Daïquiri made with Mount Gay Barbados Rum infused with lemongrass vanilla bean, passion fruit purée and lemon sugar. If you’re into cocktails, stop by for Barrio 47’s weekly “Farm to Shaker” event each Monday night. It’s when mixologist Miguel Aranda crafts cocktails with ingredients from local farms.

Barrio 47 is sultry and casual, cozy and energetic—a fun choice for a night out.

Barrio 47 is located at 47 8th Avenue between Jane + Horatio/212-255-3900

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