No one does quick, easy eats like New York City.
There’s the dollar slice. The best-in-class street meat. The corner shop chopped cheese.
But what about the humble taco?
Your West Coast friends will say we’re deficient. We say they just don’t know where to look.
So we put in the legwork to scout out the nine best new tacos in town, from gourmet pop-ups to the grill next door.
The Wild Son
The Wild Son just launched a Fried Oyster Taco with jicama slaw and cilantro yogurt wrapped in a corn tortilla or lettuce cup. Plus, they do $9 classic cocktails for happy hour. But they had us at oyster.
53 Little West 12th Street (map)
Mexico City-style, La Chula is serving up all sorts of traditional tacos (like the Pastor, with rotisserie pork marinated in chiles; the Sweet Potato and Chorizo; or the Camarón, with spicy garlic shrimp), plus a load of ceviches, burritos and tortas to boot. The vibe is festive. The verdict is satiated.
137 East 116th Street (map)
For a limited time only, Chef Harold Moore of Harold’s Meat + Three has launched a Día de
231 Hudson Street (map)
Empellón Al Pastor
The new locale from Chef Alex Stupak is dishing up Tacos Arabes: lamb shoulder on pita with red sauce and white sauce. Interesting, indulgent and not to be missed.
132 St. Marks Place (map)
A big new Midtown
248 West 55th Street (map)
On the upscale side when it comes to
594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn (map)
The emphasis is on mezcal. There are 50 to choose from and flights for sampling. The fare is simple, snack-sized bites, and that extends to the tacos. And might we add, this is a great opportunity to get that liquid courage on and pair those tacos with a side of grasshoppers.
706 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn (map)
Conversation piece tacos here. We tried ‘em all and so should you. At the very least, make sure to save room for the Roasted Skate Wing and Shrimp Tempura line items.
552 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn (map)
What would a blossoming new foodie market be without some fine ass tacos present? Fret not. Dekalb Taco comes correct with their Tocino BBQ, Pescado, Lamb Barbacoa and more.
445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn (map)