Ray Zhou, former R&D Captain at the number one bar in North America for 2023, has opened a brand new cocktail bar on the corner of Stanton and Ludlow Streets. Inspired by Zhou’s immigration story, Chinato pays homage to his childhood in Dalian in Northeastern China to now living in New York City (“China-to…”).
What makes Chinato so unique is it’s interactive layout with a freestanding, island-style bar that seats four. Guest can take in all vantage points of the mixology process without obstruction of a front or back on the bar.
But don’t worry, there’s more seating so others can enjoy the new space. A traditional bar seats up to five people, while additional table seating is available for 20 other guests.
Zhou’s fluid design concept came to be with the help of China-based agency Wild Rabbit. Mixed woods, exposed brick, and stainless steel accents embellish the moody 1,200-square-foot space.
As for the cocktails, Zhou ensures an elevated experience for all. By taking a molecular-based approach, some cocktails on the menu can take up to 10 hours of preparation. Each drink on Disc 1, listening to the spirits, is inspired by famous tracks like “Tequila!” by Champs, and “Gin & Juice” by Snoop Dogg.
The food program is helmed by Zhaojin Dai, sous chef of the two Michelin star Jungsik. The menu features bites such as fluke, scallop, and fried frog drumsticks.
The bar officially opened on September 20th and reservations can be made on the Chinato website.