Uno, dos, Terraza Cha Cha Chá
The recently inaugurated Terazza Cha Cha Chá may have a silly name but it is a seriously cool spot. It is emblematic of the restauration and renaissance happening around “Revolución”, an area for decades left to slow decay, and now a popular daytime strolling destination: the monument itself can be climbed for amazing views of the city and the uber-deco Frontón México is open for business, though Jai lai is no longer happening there. With Cha Cha Cha, evenings are lively as well. The spacious, high-ceilinged dining room, located on the sixth floor of the corner building, opens to an airy terrace whose spectacular view of the squat Monumento de la Revolución is unparalleled. Ambient music is straight from the Buena Vista Social Club and, mercifully, played at a level just right for conversation.
The food is pure Mexicana; artfully prepared, shareable-sized dishes are offered by chef Adrián Gasca. I loved the taco of duck confit coupled with a fideo seco whose recipe was provided by the chef's grandmother. You just want to get up and dance.
Terraza Cha Cha Chá
Avenida de la Revolución 157, the corner building at the southeast corner of the plaza, 6th floor see map
Open 1 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday, Sunday until 6, closed Monday
Tel. 5705 2272