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8 Taco Places to Try Right Now in NYC

February 1, 2019 - by Linda Sheridan and Samantha Aronson
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When thinking about the best Mexican food that New York City has to offer, tacos are a  staple. They're filling, relatively inexpensive, can be vegan friendly, and NYC has some of the finest selections on the East Coast. Check out these eight NYC taco spots that will knock the socks off of any die-hard taco fan. 

Best (Vegan) Tacos in NYC: Brooklyn 

Taco Dumbo

Inspired by the healthy SoCal lifestyle, Taco Dumbo serves vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. They have a market-fresh tacqueria and a cold-pressed juice margarita bar. Get your fix at multiple locations in Dumbo in Brooklyn, midtown, at The Pennsy, and in the Garment District. Brooklyn, 56 Prospect St., 347-202-0306,

Best Tacos in NYC: Midtown West

Vida Verde tacos


A festive, two-story Mexican restaurant with an eye-catching rooftop bar, Vida Verde offers something for everyone.  They serve up a wide-ranging taco trio, from rib eye, lamb, camarones (shrimp), pork carnitas, and charred Brussels sprouts to grilled mahi mahi. On Taco Tuesdays, it's three tacos for $10! They also have a generous choice of ten kinds of margaritas. 248 W. 55th Street, 646-657-0565,

Best Tacos in NYC: Union Square 

Taco Electrico


Taco Electrico is an Insta-worthy new taqueria and bar located near the heart of Union Square, with lots of tasty tacos and tequila to fuel the fun. They also host bingo and trivia nights, and offer some great group birthday packages for groups which won’t break the bank. 201 Park Ave. So., 917-534-5858,

Best Tacos in NYC: Chelsea

Los Tacos 1

Prepare for a queue. Located in Chelsea Market, Los Tacos Number 1 brings old-school street cart vibes indoors, but the wait is well worth it.  The shop was started by three friends from Mexico and California who wanted to bring West Coast flavors east. The menu serves up classic taco choices: carne asada, pollo, adobada, and even nopal (grilled cactus). Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., 212-256-0343, 

Best Tacos in NYC: Hell's Kitchen

At Otto's Tacos you might be in the heart of New York but you will feel like you are in Southern California once you take a bite of one of their authentic tacos. Don't feel like having all the carbs that come with a taco shell? They also serve salad versions. Don't forget to add guac! 705 Ninth Ave., 646-918-7681,

Best Tacos in NYC: Midtown East

For a unique twist on a traditional taco try the Peking duck tacos from Momosan. Brought to you by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, this is an Asian fusion taco (Peking duck, cucumber, hoisin, apricot sweet chili sauce, and crispy gyoza skin) that will not disappoint. This item is only served on the dinner menu: order by the number of tacos you want. Try it as an appetizer or as a meal! 342 Lexington Ave., 646-201-5529,

Best Tacos NYC Now: East Village

Who said tacos can only be enjoyed for lunch or dinner? At Downtown Bakery Cocina Mexicana the Mexican dish becomes a breakfast staple. They have four varieties of breakfast tacos and a huge list of lunch and dinner soft- and hard-shelled tacos. 69 First Ave., 212-254-1757,

Best (Dessert) Tacos in NYC: Chinatown


It might be winter, but don't let that stop you from trying one of 10 Below's rolled ice cream tacos, which sub for tortillas with a decadent waffle cone. The best part is that you get to watch the ice cream get made right in front of your eyes. 10 Below offers two flavors, Black Rose and Coconut Ash Rosemary, that will elevate your Instagram feed (and taste delicious). 10 Mott St.,


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