Despite being billed as an accessible alternative to Minibar, José Andrés's new experimental cocktail lounge Barmini isn't the kind of place where people are likely to visit in search of a deal. After all, this is a place with tough-to-get-reservations, $14-$20 cocktails, a cactus couch that costs more than a car, and a doorbell customers must ring to be granted access. But there's a bargain to be found at Barmini, in the form of the Thai Chicharrones, one of the destination's bar snack options.
"Everyone really should be ordering them," a bartender said during a recent visit. And at $4 a pop, it's not a bad argument. The addictive pork rind-like snacks are lightly caramelized and dusted with a mixture of ginger, keffir lime and cayenne pepper, according to chef Jorge Hernandez. A frothy yogurt espuma with tamarind sauce is served on the side. For contrast, the priciest snack on the menu is an Iberico ham toast for $22. Go for the drinks, stay for the pork rinds.
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