Macao Trading Co

★★★☆☆
  • 311 Church St

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-431-8642

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Mon-Fri 5 pm-4 am, Sat-Sun 11 am-3 pm, 5 pm-4 am

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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!

3
★★★★★

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!

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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.

D?COR: 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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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.

D?COR: 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.

Pros: Interesting Decor

Cons: Terrible Service, food bland, expensive for what you get.

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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.

1
★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Great Cocktails and Desserts

Cons: Lowsy Service and Completely Unorganized

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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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Unique Design

Cons: Food Was Not Fresh, so/so service

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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...

2
★★★★☆

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...

Pros: decor, lighting, waitstaff, delicious food that's easy to share

Cons: can be cramped, occasional meathead

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Excellent price for the portions, something very different and tasty, very trendy crowd.

Cons: Hard to spot, look for the red lantern.

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: design, drinks, fashionable crowd, lively

Cons: servers could be more knowledgeable, more wine by the glass

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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.

1
★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Cocktails , Maitre'D

Cons: noisy , bad food , theme park feeling

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Not sure if anyone else is tired of psycho bouncers...if you are then head over to Macao for good drinks, food people and good times.

2
★★★★★

Not sure if anyone else is tired of psycho bouncers...if you are then head over to Macao for good drinks, food people and good times.

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Restaurant was much smaller than I had expected, which would be fine, except that a lot of tables were cramped in and it made for a less comfortable experience. Food was mediocre, at best. Every dish we ate was extremely bland, a huge surprise given that Asian food is inherently so spicy. Staff was friendly, but distant - very difficult to get more drinks, check, etc. My suggestion would be to come for drinks (which were excellent), and eat elsewhere. This is not a date restaurant (at all), nor is it a good place for groups given limited seating.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Restaurant was much smaller than I had expected, which would be fine, except that a lot of tables were cramped in and it made for a less comfortable experience. Food was mediocre, at best. Every dish we ate was extremely bland, a huge surprise given that Asian food is inherently so spicy. Staff was friendly, but distant - very difficult to get more drinks, check, etc. My suggestion would be to come for drinks (which were excellent), and eat elsewhere. This is not a date restaurant (at all), nor is it a good place for groups given limited seating.

Pros: Drinks delicious

Cons: Eating the food was a painful experience

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Macau is an awesome destination. The food is great with complex flavors and delicate subtle touches that are not for simple palates. I really enjoyed the small plates: The Manila clams with the chorizo are wonderful. The Asian shrimp was so good that my date started to negotiate for the last one. The bar staff is top notch which i would expect from the owners of Employees Only which elevated what you came to expect from your mixologists. The upstairs is beautiful but the downstairs is a place made for dates. It is nice cozy and the lighting is perfect.

Can it seem pretentious to some people? Probably but who want to be inclusive! If I want to hang with the type of person that complains about a $10 glass of wine and lack of signage (most cool places lack them) I will go to a sports pub.

2
★★★★☆

Macau is an awesome destination. The food is great with complex flavors and delicate subtle touches that are not for simple palates. I really enjoyed the small plates: The Manila clams with the chorizo are wonderful. The Asian shrimp was so good that my date started to negotiate for the last one. The bar staff is top notch which i would expect from the owners of Employees Only which elevated what you came to expect from your mixologists. The upstairs is beautiful but the downstairs is a place made for dates. It is nice cozy and the lighting is perfect.

Can it seem pretentious to some people? Probably but who want to be inclusive! If I want to hang with the type of person that complains about a $10 glass of wine and lack of signage (most cool places lack them) I will go to a sports pub.

Pros: The food, the drinks (The Portonic Rocks!) and the ambiance is top notch

Cons: Some of the tables are not situated in the best of places

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The ambience and decor is okay but the food is average at best, and service is way below average. Our waiter came to our table only once after taking orders. We had to stop busboys to order our drinks throughout the night. There are much better places in Tribeca. Don't waste your time or money here.

1
★★☆☆☆

The ambience and decor is okay but the food is average at best, and service is way below average. Our waiter came to our table only once after taking orders. We had to stop busboys to order our drinks throughout the night. There are much better places in Tribeca. Don't waste your time or money here.

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Both my friend & I were very excited when we walked in. The decor is great & sets the mood. BUT it went downhill from there. We ordered appetizers & a bottle of wine. The wine was good, but the food was extremely salty, the portions were teeny tiny & the waiters were so pushy. They kept trying to take what little food we had on our plates, I wont be going there for dinner EVER but maybe for a drink...

1
★★☆☆☆

Both my friend & I were very excited when we walked in. The decor is great & sets the mood. BUT it went downhill from there. We ordered appetizers & a bottle of wine. The wine was good, but the food was extremely salty, the portions were teeny tiny & the waiters were so pushy. They kept trying to take what little food we had on our plates, I wont be going there for dinner EVER but maybe for a drink...

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: food

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Eesh, we went here for a dinner with friends. The food is fine but our server was ridiculous, ordering us extra drinks and dishes we didn't order. When the bill came it was just silly the scene our server threw about how it was the table's problem and citing we ordered the extra items--that did not exist. Extra drinks and food that didn't come---were on the bill. It was absolutely ridiculous. We were a large party and the waiter took a divide and conquer approach, telling one side what was ordered while telling the other side the opposite. There are a lot of great places that serve "family style" food for groups with a lot less hassle - one and done...

1
★★☆☆☆

Eesh, we went here for a dinner with friends. The food is fine but our server was ridiculous, ordering us extra drinks and dishes we didn't order. When the bill came it was just silly the scene our server threw about how it was the table's problem and citing we ordered the extra items--that did not exist. Extra drinks and food that didn't come---were on the bill. It was absolutely ridiculous. We were a large party and the waiter took a divide and conquer approach, telling one side what was ordered while telling the other side the opposite. There are a lot of great places that serve "family style" food for groups with a lot less hassle - one and done...

Pros: small plates

Cons: undeserved attitude

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They've got awesome drinks here. Food is really quite good too. Go to the bar or lounge, have a few and stick around for dinner. Got some real interesting dishes -- half portuguese, half chinese menu (clinging to the portuguese/chinese nature of Macao). I was suprised how packed it was even on a monday so get a rezzie--gets busier later at night.

2
★★★★★

They've got awesome drinks here. Food is really quite good too. Go to the bar or lounge, have a few and stick around for dinner. Got some real interesting dishes -- half portuguese, half chinese menu (clinging to the portuguese/chinese nature of Macao). I was suprised how packed it was even on a monday so get a rezzie--gets busier later at night.

Pros: Great drinks, solid food

Cons: Bit busy at the bar

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Soft lights that are barely visible through lofty grated-metal doors offer the only sign that something abounds beyond Macao Trading Co.'s un-marked entrance. Inside, a diverse urban crowd trades in trendy TriBeCa for a nineteenth-century…

 

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