Where to Find New York's Best Tacos

by Jessica Klein on Sep 29, 2014 in Roundups for Union Pool
Where to Find New York's Best Tacos

National Taco Day takes place on October 4, providing a much-awaited opportunity for everyone throughout the US, and specifically New York City, to celebrate this special union of tortilla and protein. Most Mexican restaurants are doing this by providing a deluge of margaritas, but there are a variety of ways to wash down your tacos this October 4.

Agave: With a daily happy hour that runs from 4 PM to 7 PM, Agave provides cheap, frozen margaritas to go with the tacos of your choosing. The Chicken Tinga taco stands out from the pack, but there’s also Short Rib, Pescado, and Squash Blossom for the vegetarians who still want to partake. The variety of frozen margaritas here encompass prickly pear and mango, all highlighted with a splash of color depending upon the flavor. (140 7th Ave. S; 212-989-2100)

Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria: National Taco Day falls on a Saturday this year, meaning you can go to Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen for their bottomless margarita brunch special. This also includes the small plates, so between the hours of 11:30 AM and 4 PM (but be careful—you must arrive by 2 PM), you can delight in traditional margarita after margarita (tequila blanco and citrus on the rocks) while chowing down on tacos filled with braised pork shoulder, leg of lamb and even a bacon-wrapped hot dog. (1191 1st Ave.; 212-585-1818)

Tacuba: This Astoria cantina features nine, unique taco varieties, one of which incorporates grasshoppers—which are crunchy and not nearly as off-putting as one might imagine. Seafood options include lobster and octopus. Meanwhile, the margarita selection almost lives up to that of the tacos, including tamarind, grenadine, and cucumber flavors along with the more traditional citrus. Pitchers serve four, and one of the frozen margarita (along with the De La Casa, which includes lime and orange liquor) goes for just $32, while the other pitchers cost $40. (35-01 36th St., Astoria; 718-486-2727)

The Taco Shop: The Taco Shop seems to celebrate National Taco Day everyday with a happy hour running from 3 PM to 7 PM that includes three tacos and either a beer or a margarita for $12 total. Not too shabby. And though the eatery, which offers a wide array of $3 tacos outside of these happiest of hours, doesn’t normally run this special on the weekends, it will surely make an exception for the holiday honoring its star menu item (the menu puts its food into categories “Tacos” and “Not Tacos”). (166 W 4th St.; 212-675-1955)

El Diablo Tacos: Located in the back of Union Pool, one of Williamsburg’s most Manhattan-scaled bars (in terms of crowd, size, and attitude), this taco truck stays open until the wee hours of the morning so that weekend revelers can satisfy their drunkest cravings. The tacos are appropriately cheap ($3—$4 for the “fancier” options, like chorizo and shrimp), tasty, and (perhaps most importantly), they’re there when you need them say, at 3 AM. So when you’re carrying on your National Taco Day celebration late into the evening, you know where to cap it off. (484 Union Ave., Brooklyn; 917-497-9196)

Vamos: Every Monday, Vamos offers unlimited tacos and a frozen margarita for $26, transitioning to a half-off margarita happy hour during the week and into a $25 five frozen margarita plus entree brunch special (it may seem cruel that they put a limit on the margaritas, but five will definitely do the trick). This place loves to drown patrons in duel margarita and taco love. Margarita flavors range from blood orange to tamarind, tacos from carne asada to salmon. It’s almost impossible to leave this place hungry and sober. (348 1st Ave.; 212-358-7800)

Pampano: Marking the second Richard Sandoval restaurant on this list (Maya Modern is the first), Pampano shows that the man understands the art of boozy brunching. For $39 (this seems sort of steep, but it includes both unlimited food and drinks), you can get endless pulled pork or chicken tinga tacos along with margaritas, Bloody Marias, and sangrias (your choice of wine—red, white, or sparkling) until 3 PM. The catch is a two-hour limit, which must be imposed to avoid abuse of the brunch (read: detrimental taco gluttony). (209 E 49th St.; 212-751-4545)

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