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The Hotel Indigo New York City - Chelsea's Restaurant and Rooftop lounge is currently closed for renovation and is expected to re-open Fall 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

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Owned by Chef Julieta Ballesteros and restaurateur Shaun Smith, China Latina features innovative items like Edamame with ancho chili salt, Chorizo Dumplings, Huitlacoche Tofu Spring Rolls, Sushi Burritos, and Mole Poblano Lo Mein. The restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and an afternoon “Café y Té” menu. The beverage program also reflects China Latina’s concept, including unique cocktails like lychee margaritas and Lemongrass Pisco. Chef Ballesteros was inspired to unite the cuisines of Asia and Latin America because she noticed they already had an important characteristic in common: powerful flavors.

The food is experimental, but it exemplifies what Monterrey, Mexico native Julieta Ballesteros has done throughout her entire career: cook modern Latin American-influenced food that is fresh, bold and visually stunning. Julieta trained at New York City’s French Culinary Institute and got her big break helping the owner of the West Village’s Mexicana Mama open the restaurant and run the kitchen. As the executive chef of Mexicana Mama, Julieta surprised diners with exciting, authentic Mexican cuisine in a no-frills spot.

From there, Julieta partnered with restaurateur Shaun Smith to open Crema Restaurante, serving Mexican food with French presentation in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Crema’s success wasn’t surprising given Julieta’s talent and Shaun’s strong business background. He’s a graduate of the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has been recognized as one of the top 20 business coaches in North America, as he has consulted with Fortune 500 Companies and worked in industries as diverse as finance, health care, and retail.

China Latina was designed by Jerry Sibal, a world-renowned event planner who made his restaurant design debut with China Latina. His keen sense for coordinating architecture, interior décor and tabletop arrangements makes China Latina a distinctly memorable space – every meal there is a special occasion. Along with being one of the Flower District’s first destination restaurants, China Latina is Julieta and Shaun’s passion project. It boasts bold flavors, festive décor and a sexy, fun atmosphere that makes diners want to return again and again.