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Is New York now a true taco town? One of the great trends over the past few years has been the rise of the first-rate neighborhood taco spot, and not just in a few select areas like Bushwick, East Harlem, Jackson Heights, and Sunset Park. All over the city nowadays you can get great tacos, whether from tricked-out trucks, lowkey counter-service joints, family-friendly restaurants, or raucous party spots.
Bonus: the sudden ubiquity of Birria tacos, those amazingly rich and juicy beasts that you dip in consomme, has added immeasurably to our overall pleasure. All of this is to say that we ate a ton of tacos this past year, delivered from both brand-new places and reliable old favorites. And while we can't list them all, here's a quick look at ten that made us particularly happy, all of which are eager to send out their marvelous creations for delivery, right to your home, via Grubhub.
Taqueria al Pastor in Bushwick
This phenomenal corner spot on Wyckoff Avenue is about to expand with a huge new restaurant on the Boerum Hill - Downtown Brooklyn border, but based on a recent order from the original Bushwick location, Taqueria al Pastor is still cranking out some of the best tacos in town. The Al Pastor is a must, obviously, piled high with juicy pork and grilled pineapple, and the Carne Asada, Pollo Asado, and even the Nopales are equally delicious. And you can get all of these meats (and cactus) in quesadilla, gringa, burrito, or volcan format as well. This place rules.
Taqueria al Pastor is located at 128 Wyckoff Avenue -- Order Now
Downtown Bakery Cocina Mexicana in the East Village
Once an Italian bakery (hence its name), this lower First Avenue treasure was given new life by the Marin family, who hail from Pueblo, Mexico, in the 1990s, and they've been making the neighborhood happy ever since. Downtown Bakery makes some killer smothered burritos and enchiladas, but if it's tacos you're after, you're definitely in the right place. Plenty of options are available, including a Bean and Cheese, a Chicken Mole, a Chorizo con Papa, and a Carne Enchilada. On a cold winter's night, delivered to your home, this is superb comfort food that really hits the spot.
Downtown Bakery is located at 69 First Avenue -- Order Now
Dulce Cultura in Astoria
Queens native Kallie Pappas and chef Juan Cortez opened the friendly, family-oriented Dulce Cultura just a few months ago, and if you don't feel like bundling up your crew for a trip out 31st Avenue for dinner tonight, they'd be happy to deliver a feast right to your door with Grubhub. Tacos are the centerpiece here, and Cortez isn't skimpy with his ingredients. The Pork Belly stars a massive slab of pig, nicely balanced by a pile of chipotle slaw. The Fish Taco comes filled with flaky filets, lightly battered and fried, plus a well-conceived mango pineapple salsa. And the beefy Birria is a beast, sloppy on its own and made even more so when dipped in the consomme. Other taco options include Chorizo with cheese, Chicken Fajita with roasted corn sauce, Carne Asada, Al Pastor, Shrimp with avocado, and Mushroom with Oaxaca cheese. A great place run by good people.
Dulce Cultura is located at 42-20 31st Avenue -- Order Now
Yellow Rose in the East Village
We love everything we’ve ever eaten at Dave and Krystiana Rizo's Yellow Rose, the couple's effortlessly fun and funky spot that opened about a year ago on Third Avenue, but the foundation of the place remains their tacos, done up San Antonio-style and fat enough that two or three can easily make for an amazing meal. There's the incredibly rich Barbacoa one, filled with slow simmered beef cheeks, and the lively Shredded Chicken Verde one, and all the brunch ones, but especially those Chorizo and Egg beauties, and the deceptively basic-looking Bean and Cheese one, which is maybe my absolute favorite thing to eat in the city right now. Get ready to fall in love.
Yellow Rose is located at 102 Third Avenue -- Order Now
Castro's in Clinton Hill
For more than 20 years, the family owned and operated Castro's has been feeding Brooklynites a vast selection of mostly-Mexican dishes, both familiar crowd pleasers and lesser-seen delights, from their modest digs on Myrtle Avenue. The diner-sized menu can feel a bit overwhelming, but since we're talking tacos here, know that these soft, flour-tortilla beasts come stuffed 16 different ways, including a wonderfully tender Lengua del Res, or beef tongue, a big-flavored Barbaco made with goat meat, a crisp-fried Pescado, and a decent Cecina, loaded with dried, salted bits of steak. And don't forget, Grubhub makes it easy to stay cozy at home and support neighborhood mainstays like Castro's, all winter long.
Castro's is located at 511 Myrtle Avenue -- Order Now
Taco MIx in East Harlem
East Harlem is famous for its taco stands, and one of the best is Taco Mix, which sits on a semi-chaotic stretch of East 116th Street and specializes in all sorts of meaty Mexican dishes. Start with the tacos, of course, which are served on good corn tortillas and come piled high with roasted pork and pineapple (their legendary Al Pastor), or spicy Chorizo, or tender Lengua, or Chipotle Chicken (Tinga), or all sorts of perfectly prepared offal. Burritos, tortas, quesadillas, and platters of nachos are all also guaranteed to satisfy your conveniently-delivered, at-home fiesta cravings.
Taco Mix is located at 234 East 116th Street -- Order Now
El Mitote on the Upper West Side
We're always tempted to call El Mitote, which specializes in dishes from owner Christina Castaneda's hometown of Guadalajara, a hidden gem, mostly because we never really hear much about it in the city's wider food-obsessed circles. And yet, the lively, festively-decorated place nearish Lincoln Center is always packed with locals during prime times, so clearly it's not "hidden" from them. The quesadillas, burritos and more composed "Comida Corrida" platters are all worth devouring, but the Tacos may be the true stars here. They come three to an order, in nine different varieties--Chorizo, Wild Mushroom Tinga, and CAmaron are personal go-tos--and if you order delivery via Grubhub, you don't have to wait for a table!
El Mitote is located at 208 Columbus Avenue -- Order Now
Top Quality in Long Island City
Matt Gaudet and Mark Rancourt's "modern Mexican" restaurant is somewhat incongruently located on a stretch of 44th Road otherwise dominated by body shops and industrial work spaces. During warmer months Top Quality benefits from a spacious outdoor back patio--this was especially key when they first opened early in the pandemic--but now that colder weather is hitting us again, keep this place in mind for a comfy indoor feast via Grubhub. Tacos here come in nine different varieties and are served in assemble-your-own style, with stuffings like Carne Adada, Lamb Barbacoa, Char-Grilled Mushrooms, Salt and Pepper Shrimp, and even Haloumi Cheese, each accompanied by a different housemade salsa and five warm tortillas.
Top Quality is located at 10-29 44th Road -- Order Now
San Pedro Inn in Red Hook
Part dive bar, part art installation, part roadside taco joint, part neighborhood "living room," the San Pedro Inn has done a fine job of replacing the beloved Bait & Tackle on Van Brunt Street since early 2019. And if you feel like hanging out in your actual living room instead, Grubhub is here for you. The tacos are bare-bones affairs, a warm, floppy grilled tortilla filled with a mound of meat (or mushroom), a bit of raw onion and parsley on top. The last time we were here, we made quick work of a good Carnita, a better Carne Asada, and an even-better-still Lengua. The flavors are the perfect canvas for additional spice if you prefer, so you'll want to pour on the housemade hot sauce that comes with, and/or whatever you have on hand in your home.
San Pedro Inn is located at 320 Van Brunt Street -- Order Now
Santa Ana Deli and Grocery in Bushwick
Another Bushwick gem is the Polo Teco and family's Santa Ana Deli and Grocery, which has been keeping the locals fed since 1986. The sauce-smothered Burrito Santanero is justifiably famous, and the monster-sized quesadillas definitely satisfy as well, but no matter what you get you should also get some of Teco's tacos, which are some of the city's absolute best. All of the expected fillings are available--chorizo, lengua, barbacoa--and they're all great, but sometimes we just wing it and order the Tacos Placeros, which are a bit like a "chef's choice" option, with a little bit of everything inside.
Santa Ana Deli and Grocery is located at 171 Irving Avenue -- Order Now
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