Grubhub Best of 2021: Ten Great Taco Spots in New York City
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Is New York now a real taco city? One of the big trends in recent years has been the rise of the best neighborhood tacos, and not just in a few select areas like Bushwick, East Harlem, Jackson Heights and Sunset Park. All over town these days, you can get great tacos, whether it’s in tricked trucks, low-key counter-service joints, family-friendly eateries, or loud party venues.
Bonus: The sudden ubiquity of Birria tacos, those incredibly rich and juicy beasts that you dip in consomme, added immeasurably to our overall enjoyment. All of this to say that we ate a ton of tacos last year, delivered from both brand new places and reliable old favorites. And while we can’t list them all, here’s a quick rundown of ten that made us especially happy, all of whom are eager to send their wonderful creations for delivery, right to your doorstep, via Grubhub.
Taqueria al Pastor in Bushwick
This phenomenal corner spot on Wyckoff Avenue is set to expand with a huge new restaurant on the border between Boerum Hill and downtown Brooklyn, but based on a recent order from the location of ‘Bushwick origin, Taqueria al Pastor is always making some of the best tacos in town. The Al Pastor is a staple, obviously, filled with juicy pork and grilled pineapple, and the Carne Asada, Pollo Asado and even Nopales are equally delicious. And you can get all of these meats (and cacti) in a quesadilla, gringa, burrito, or volcano format, too. This place rules.
Taqueria al Pastor is located at 128 Wyckoff Avenue – Order now
Cocina Mexicana downtown bakery in the East Village
Once an Italian bakery (hence its name), this lower First Avenue treasure was given new life by the Marin family, originally from Pueblo, Mexico, in the 1990s, and they’ve been making the neighborhood happy ever since. Downtown bakery makes killer smothered burritos and enchiladas, but if these are the tacos you’re looking for, you’ve definitely come to the right place. There are plenty of options available including a bean and cheese, a chicken mole, a chorizo con papa, and a carne enchilada. On a cold winter night, delivered to your home, it’s a superb comforting dish that really hits the mark.
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-run restaurant Dulce Cultura just a few months ago, and if you don’t feel like gathering your team for a trip down 31st Avenue for dinner tonight, they’ll happily deliver a feast right to your door with Grubhub. The tacos are the centerpiece here, and Cortez isn’t skinny with his ingredients. The pork belly features a huge slice of pork, nicely balanced by a bunch of chipotle coleslaw. The Fish Taco is filled with flaky, lightly breaded and fried fillets, along with a well-crafted mango pineapple salsa. And the beefy birria is a beast, sloppy in itself and made even more so when soaked in the consomme. Other taco options include Cheese Chorizo, Chicken Fajitas with Roasted Corn Sauce, Carne Asada, Al Pastor, Avocado Shrimp, and Oaxacan Cheese Mushrooms. 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 A yellow rose, the couple’s fun and funky spot that opened about a year ago on Third Avenue, but the foundation of the place remains their tacos, made San Antonio-style and big enough for two or three to easily make an amazing meal. There’s the incredibly rich Barbacoa, filled with slow-simmered beef cheeks, and the lively Shredded Chicken Verde, and all the brunch ones, but especially those chorizo and egg beauties, and the bean and cheese one. ‘deceptive appearance, which is perhaps my absolute favorite thing to eat in the city right now. Prepare to fall in love.
Yellow Rose is located at 102 Third Avenue – Order now
Castro to Clinton Hill
For over 20 years the family owned and operated Castro fed Brooklynites with a huge selection of predominantly Mexican food, both familiar pleasures and less-seen delicacies, from their humble digs on Myrtle Avenue. The dinner-sized menu might seem a bit overwhelming, but since we’re talking tacos here, know that these soft beasts and flour tortillas are stuffed in 16 different ways, including a wonderfully tender Lengua del Res, or a beef tongue, a big … flavored barbaco made from goat meat, a fried Pescado and a decent Cecina, loaded with dried and salted pieces of steak. And don’t forget, Grubhub makes it possible to stay comfortable at home and support neighborhood mainstays like Castro, all winter long.
Castro 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 kinds of Mexican meat dishes. Start with the tacos, of course, which are served on good corn tortillas and are topped with roast pork and pineapple (their legendary Al Pastor), or spicy chorizo, or tender Lengua, or chipotle chicken. (Tinga), or all kinds of perfectly prepared offal. Burritos, tortas, quesadillas, and nacho platters are also guaranteed to satisfy your party cravings at home.
Taco Mix is located at 234 East 116th Street – Order now
El Mitote on the Upper West Side
We are always tempted to call El Mitote, which specializes in dishes from Guadalajara, the hometown of owner Christina Castaneda, a hidden gem, mainly because we never really hear about it in the city’s larger food-obsessed circles. And yet, the bustling, festively decorated place near Lincoln Center is always packed with locals during prime time, so it’s clear it’s not “hidden” from them. The quesadillas, burritos, and more composed “Comida Corrida” platters are all worth devouring, but the tacos can be the real stars here. They come three on one order, in nine different varieties – Chorizo, Wild Mushroom Tinga, and CAmaron are personal must-haves – and if you’re ordering delivery through 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 incongruously located on a stretch of 44th Highway otherwise dominated by body shops and industrial workspaces. During the warmer months Superior quality boasts a large outdoor patio in the back – this was especially essential when they first opened at the start of the pandemic – but now that the colder weather is hitting us again, keep this place in mind for an indoor feast comfortable via Grubhub. The tacos come in nine different varieties and are served in a do-it-yourself style, with stuffings like Carne Adada, Lamb Barbacoa, Char-Grilled Mushrooms, Salt and Pepper Shrimp, and even Haloumi Cheese, each accompanied by a different homemade salsa and five hot 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 restaurant, part “lounge”, the San Pedro Hostel has done a great job replacing the beloved Bait & Tackle on Van Brunt Street since early 2019. And if you’re more in the mood for hanging out in your living room, Grubhub has got you covered. Tacos are straightforward matters, a warm, soft toasted tortilla filled with a mound of meat (or mushroom), a little raw onion and parsley on top. The last time we were here we did a quick job on a good Carnita, a better Carne Asada, and an even better Lengua. Flavors are the perfect canvas for adding spice if you prefer, so you’ll want to pour in the homemade hot sauce that comes with it and / or whatever else you have on hand in your home.
The San Pedro Hostel is located at 320 Van Brunt Street – Order now
Santa Ana Deli and grocery store in Bushwick
Another jewel of Bushwick is the Polo Teco and the family Santa Ana Deli and Grocery Store, which has been feeding locals since 1986. Gravy-smothered Burrito Santanero is rightly famous, and monster-sized quesadillas satisfy too, but whatever you get you should get Teco’s tacos as well. , which are some of the absolute best in town. All of the expected toppings are available – chorizo, lengua, barbacoa – and they’re all great, but sometimes we just just wing it up and order the Tacos Placeros, which are kind of like a ‘chef’s choice’ option, with a a little bit of everything inside.
Santa Ana Deli and Grocery is located at 171 Irving Avenue – Order now
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