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About Macao Trading Company
Macao Trading Co. covers two floors offering both a spacious dining room upstairs and an intimate lounge downstairs. The cuisine represents the blend of Chinese and Portuguese cuisines found in the once independent colony of its namesake. Located on Church St, at the edge of Tribeca, Macao’s décor is a dramatic composition of lighting, relics and industrial iron work. The high ceilings and tucked away location provide a fitting setting for the restaurant’s 1940s portside warehouse feel, recalling the adventure of Macao’s "red lantern district."
New York, NY 10013
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm to 11pm
Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm to Midnight
Late Night Dinner:
Sunday 11:00pm to 1:30am
Monday-Wednesday 11:00pm to 1:30am
Walker and Lispenard Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
J, M, N, R, Z & 6 trains to Canal Street and 1 train to Franklin Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wine
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The provocative descendent of the esteemed Employees Only, Macao transcends the ordinary with its ornate environment, its penchant for the theatrical and its distinctive cuisine and cocktails.
Macao Trading Company Ratings and Reviews
Overall, a mediocre experience at best. All of the food we ordered tasted exactly the same, there was no differentiated flavor in all the dishes we ordered.
For example, the fish we ordered was completely bland, and when we complained to the waitress about the taste, her reaction was "that's just the way it is, I never recommended that dish (which she neglected to tell us when we were ordering)". She suggested we use Sriracha. This would be the reaction I would expect from my local Chinese restaurant not one that purports to sell high-end Chinese cuisine.
Good ambience overall, and maybe we got them on an off night, but certainly not worth the trek downtown – next time I'm going to my regular Oriental Garden in Chinatown.
I know Macao well but haven’t been in for a while. The food and service were really great. It was a reminder of how good things can be. I’ve stayed away from restaurants cause they are so often too crowded and too noisy which can be exhausting and unpleasant. Somehow despite sitting at a table which was too close to other people and too small for our plates the food and the efforts of the staff made it much better.
I always go to Macao when I travel to NYC.
Ordered several things, stand-outs were:
-apps: brussel sprouts and apples.
-entrees: lobster noodles and the steak
Staff is awesome, very attentive and on their game.
From the hostess to the servers, even when it is busy.
Not suitable for kids really. Is loud, dark and menu is more for adult palate.
Good for date, you will be seated close to other diners.
I like this place a lot.
A well thought out decor and ambiance with great cocktails. We had the pleasure of being entertained throughout our night by a 6 piece band. Great spot for an intimate date, or to catch up with friends.
I would recommend to friends,and I plan to go back in the future.
This is my wife and I favorite spot! We go there often. It's amazing experience and it has amazing food! We had the crispy fish and the lobster noodles...OMG!!! We also had the favorite fried rice and some veg and enjoyed it.
We have never had a bad experience here.
Great food and ambiance - no denying that. Service was good but i hate waiting 15+ mins for a reserved table. Especially when it was quite clear but all of our party was able to stand comfortably.
We were squeezed onto a table for 2 - not ideal when the food comes out across multiple plates due to the sharing nature of the menu.
Dessert selection was a little boring compared to the rest of the menu.
This was our second trip. The first time was just my husband and I and much better!
We loved the lobster noodles. Massive pieces of lobster parsed throughout with two tails on top! The dumplings were also delicious, and I’m still thinking about the craft cocktails.
Pro tip: make a reservation! You’re going to wait regardless. The venue is small and tables are close together, so best for a small group or date. Definitely a scene!
Disappointing as the premise (retro Macao) seemed so intriguing. Food was mediocre and overpriced for the quality; wine list uninspired. Noise level was deafening (but perhaps that's what people go there for?). Service indifferent at best. So, tried it once, but given all the amazing culinary options available in Manhattan, will opt for trying elsewhere next time i get the Retro bug.
I do not recommend this restaurant. If you want to have a drink at the bar before dinner, do not hesitate to sit at the bar and not in front, otherwise you will do your service yourself ... at 9 dollars a beer I would have preferred to be served. Then we went down for dinner in the downstairs room. We were placed on the way, table for two very tiny and uncomfortable chairs. The floor was very sticky... We hesitated to stay but tiredness and hunger we stayed. And I ordered a lobster noodles at 37 dollars and the lobster was ok but noodles too spicy! an horror. My friend's dish was a fried whole fish full of bones! In short I will not come back and I think it's not because it's new york full of tourists, that restaurants should not make any effort.
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