Where to Eat in NYC on National Taco Day

Foodies and fans of Mexican cuisine have reason to celebrate on National Taco Day, being held October 4th. This festive occasion happens to fall on a Friday, so gather the crew and celebrate with some tasty food and spirits in New York City. Lots of taco varieties are on the menu—from traditional chicken and pork carnitas to veggie-inspired crispy cauliflower to shrimp and even a cheeseburger option. Tequila, margaritas, and cervezas will also be flowing at these vibrant city spots.


anejo tacos nyc

Añejo is offering a $29 Taco Flight, which entices foodies with one of each taco offered at the Mexican eatery and tequileria. The taco lineup ranges from meat to fish and veggies. Offerings include short ribs; chicken al pastor; pork carnitas; crispy fish; crispy cauliflower; and shrimp. Agave enthusiasts—there’s a tequila flight that features a lineup of rare tequilas. Añejo boasts two locations—one in in Tribeca (301 Church St., 212 920-6270) and the other in Hell’s Kitchen (668 10th Ave., 212 920-4770),

Bodega Negra

Bodega Negra

Executive Chef Brad Warner’s tacos have already garnered quite a few accolades. His tacos nabbed Thrillist’s Taco Competition Winner title and Arte Agave’s Taco Competition Winner title. In celebration of National Taco Day, Bodega Negra offers a ‘2 for 1’ special that includes chicken pibil tacos (chicken wrapped in banana leaves, braised with tomato, onion, and achiote and topped with shredded cabbage and pickled red onion) and shrimp tacos served in crispy achiote tortillas with salsa macha, pepino guacamole, chihuahua cheese, and crispy potatoes. 355 W. 16thSt., 212 229-2336,

Empellon Al Pastor at Pod 39


Chef Alex Stupac crafted the signature cheeseburger tacos at Empellon Al Pastor, which is located on the ground floor of micro-hotel Pod-39. This unique bite features a classic beef burger patty mixed with a handful of chihuahua cheese. It is garnished with tomato, avocado, and a spicy ketchup/mayo dressing. The tacos are a perfect match for Empellon’s margaritas and cervezas. 145 E. 39thSt., 212-865-5700,,

La Chula
La Chula

Celebrate taco day with the classic Al Pastor taco offered at Chef Julian Medina’s Harlem-based La Chula. The delish dish features rotisserie pork marinated in a fusion of chilies, spices, and tangy pineapple. It’s served with onions, cilantro, salsa morita, and verde. 137 E. 116th St., 646-590-3975,

Pinks Cantina

Pinks Cantina is celebrating National Taco Day with $1 tacos. Every taco (excluding Nitro Shrimp Taco and Short Rib Barbacoa) will be available from 5 to 6:30pm on National Taco Day. A handful of foodies will be lucky enough to uncover an edible golden ticket in their tacos. That’s the ticket to free tacos, burritos, guacamole, and beyond. 203 Chrystie St., 646-858-0186,

Tommy Bahama


ahi tuna tacos tommy bahama

For a twist on Mexican, journey to Tommy Bahama in midtown for fish-inspired tacos. Dive into the house's blackened mahi mahi tacos, which come with tomato relish, chipotle aïoli, island slaw, and lime sour cream. There's also a side of soft plantains. You can also opt for the ahi tuna tacos, pictured here, with island slaw and Asian influences like a wonton shell and wasabi-puree dressing. 551 Fifth Ave., 212-537-0960,

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Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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