7 Best Spots to Celebrate Taco Day in NYC

7 Best Spots to Celebrate Taco Day in NYC

(Courtesy Tortilleria Nixtamal)

A taco is a Mexican food that consists of a tortilla that is wrapped or folded around a flavorful filling—and Americans eat billions of them per year. On this National Taco Day, get your fill of tasty tacos at these seven spots around NYC.

Rosie’s (East Village): Bold Mexican flavors are thoughtfully incorporated into the cuisine. Taco options include lengua (slow cooked beef tongue), al pastor (spit-roasted marinated pork), suadero (braised brisket), calabacitas (summer squash and tomato), pescado (beer-battered cod) and tinga de pollo (chipotle-tomato braised chicken).

Tacos El Bronco (Sunset Park, Brooklyn): In April 2014, Food Network Magazine voted Tacos El Bronco’s al pastor taco to be the tastiest taco in New York as part of its “50 States, 50 Tacos” feature. With over a dozen taco options costing just $1.50-$4.00 per taco, you can try everything from steak tacos to goat tacos to shrimp tacos and not break the bank.

Toloache (Upper East Side, Theater District, West Village): Serving refined Latin cuisine, Toloache’s menu has 10 taco options with five of them being Chef Julian Medina signature dishes. Enjoy tacos made with Baja-style tilapia, spicy lobster, Oaxacan-style dried grasshoppers, huitlacoche mushrooms and more.

La Esquina (NoLIta and Williamsburg, Brooklyn): The NoLIta location is a three-in-one spot that boasts a taqueria, brasserie and cafe (tacos are featured on the taqueria and cafe menus) while the Williamsburg location is a diner. Taco options include grilled steak, grilled market fish, rotisserie chicken, pork,, as well as roasted zucchini and yellow squash. 

Tres Carnes (Flatiron and Financial districts): This slow-cooked, fast-service Tex-Mex barbeque establishment offers more authentic eats than the widespread chain restaurants. Tacos are served on a soft, white corn tortilla and topped with your choice of three salsas. The five taco options are roasted seasonal vegetables, Texas-smoked pork, smoked chicken, smoked brisket or the “weekly smoke” (i.e. the featured smoked meat that week).

Taqueria Nixtamal (Corona, Queens): This taqueria uses 100% gluten free corn tortillas that are made fresh daily at their tortilleria (Tortilleria Nixtamal). Tacos can be bought individually or as part of a platter. Flavors include slow-cooked pork, house-made Mexican sausage, grilled cactus, seasoned lamb, roasted chiles poblano and jalapeño, grilled skirt steak and more.

Blockheads (various locations): With seven spots around town, as well as a new location up in White Plains, Blockheads serves San Francisco-style Mexican food (in addition to those yummy frozen margarita floats). Taco options feature grilled chicken, beef picadillo, toasted tofu, steak chimichurri, sautéed spinach and others.

Hard shell or soft shell. Corn tortilla or wheat. Beef, pork, chicken, fish. Tomatoes, avocado, lettuce. Eggs, beans, rice, cheese. Guacamole, sour cream, salsa, ranch dressing. There are infinite taco combinations to be enjoyed. Happy National Taco Day, NYC!

Tacos at Blockheads (©Paul Wagtouicz)

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