From a cheap taqueria to a stylish hot spot, New York City offers some of the best selection of Mexican food. Here’s a rundown of the best places to celebrate National Taco Day (Oct. 4) in the East Village.
Tucked away in the back of The Garret East sits a tiny taco spot called Borrachito. The small space has just one 12-seat table and two seats at the counter with pork, steak, and fish tacos. Happy hour runs from 5-7p.m., and on Tuesday nights (starting July 31), the hidden street taco joint offers $2.50 tacos.
This East Village staple cooks up traditional Mexican dishes like Baja-fish tacos, carne asada and churros. The vibrant and fresh menu incorporates ingredients sourced from small farmers in Mexico and puts an emphasis serving on authentic regional dishes. This spacious and lively spot, located on 2nd Ave, also includes a “comal” station in the middle of the restaurant, around which guests can sit and watch chefs prepare small dishes.
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Taqueria St. Marks Place
Two words: cheap tacos. Taqueria St. Mark’s Place offers a great atmosphere with authentic, tasty tacos for just $3.50 each. (Plus, you get a complimentary chips and salsa per table.) There is always a wait for dinner, so grab an $8 margarita and enjoy the fun, quirky vibe.
This modern Mexican joint is putting a creative spin on traditional eats. True to its name, you'll find ants in several dishes and drinks. If you're feeling adventurous, get things started with the signature Black Ant guacamole, which gets flavored with orange and pasilla peppers and black ant salt. Some cocktails incorporate insects, too, like the margarita with a salt black ant rim. As for the tacos, your choices are grasshopper, cod cheeks, or shrimp with a dusting of grasshopper crust. But don’t let that deter you -- most of the dishes are actually sans-insects.
¡Vamos! is locally owned PCVST restaurant and bar features affordable prices and authentic Mexican cuisine. It is a perfect after work hangout, especially if you work or live nearby. They offer Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm every day (at the bar only.)
Villa Cemita is an intimate, dimly-lit eatery serving Puebla Mexican cuisine, beer and sangria. The hot spot is romantic but keeps its East Village cred with it’s urban graffiti art work on the walls. Try pescado tacos made with beer-battered crispy tilapia, topped with cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli and salsa verde. If you’re in a group (or have a big appetite), try the "Tacos de Mar y Tierra" special, which includes 10 soft corn tacos: Al pastor and crispy fish and is served with guacamole, fresh chips and three house made salsas.
Tacos Cuautla Morelos
This tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves a straight-forward menu with delicious and reasonably priced food. No frills -- just great food. If you need help deciding what to order, the spicy pork taco is a must-try item. (They also serve up a vegetarian taco with rice, beans, Oaxaca cheese, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole.) Seating is limited, but Tacos Cuautla Morelos offers delivery to local residences, like StuyTown and Peter Cooper Village.