Bartender-owner Inés de los Santos’ indelible fingerprint is fusing complexity with simplicity in every signature cocktail at CoChinChina, a staple for lovers of good taste since its 2021 opening. Located in trendy Palermo Soho, the bar and restaurant steers you to Southeast Asia, with beverages served at the horseshoe-shaped bar under eye-catching street food signage. The vibe is upbeat, DJs playing live every night of the week, and if you can’t bag a bar stool to catch de los Santos behind the stick, sink into a comfy booth or grab a table and deckchairs streetside. Order the emblematic Es Mui Japo, made with sake, gin and mirin cordial tea or Alfonsina, a tequila, chocolate and cold-brew concoction inspired by de los Santos’ visits to Oaxaca; rather than being a seasonal drinks list, it changes up depending on ingredient availability. For a unique cocktails-only paired tasting menu, book a table Arriba (upstairs). You can also continue the CoChinChina experience out of hours by picking up ready-to-drink classics from the theatrical ticket window drinks store.