10 Best Tacos in NYC 2017

Ahhh tacos.

How I love thee.

Let me count thy ways.

Ok I don’t have all the time in the world. I just really fucking love tacos.

How do you feel about NYC tacos? There’s a big East coast vs West coast debate (almost as big as Biggie vs. Tupac) that California has the best tacos and NYC doesn’t even come close. Now, I haven’t been to the west coast much and I haven’t even been to LA ever (I know, it’s weird), so I can’t really speak to this. What’s your take?

Either way, here are my favorite NYC taco spots. New suggestions also welcome.

Los Tacos #1 – 75 9th Ave

Located inside Chelsea Market, Los Tacos is excellent and affordable. The lines can get long though, so it’s ideal for takeout, not so much dining in.

Photo: Eater

Website: Los Tacos No 1

Street Taco – 358 3rd avenue (at 26th)

New addition to the Murray Hill/Gramercy area, and much needed. Awesome specialty margs (the spicy one is my fave), guac, and tacos at this casual and fun spot. HH specials from 4:30 – 7, AND LATE NIGHT 11:30 pm – 2 am.

Website: Street Taco

Empellon al Pastor – 132 St Marks Place

Literally one of my favorite places on the planet. The food here is amazing (not just the tacos), the bar scene is casual and fun, and the cheeseburger taco is SO GOOD. Trust me.

Photo: Travel & Leisure

Website: Empellon Al Pastor

Mexicue – 225 5th Ave (and multiple locations)

Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s a good one. There’s something for everyone here, and the pulled pork tacos are delish.

Website: Mexicue

Tacombi (Flatiron) – 30 West 24th Street

Another favorite happy hour spot of mine, the tacos are cheap and delicious, and the service is quick. It’s ideal. There’s a few other locations too (Nolita, Bleecker, Montauk).

Photo: UrbanDaddy

Website: Tacombi

Tijuana Picnic – 151 Essex Street

Delicious taco platters and awesome Happy Hour specials. Hit the downstairs bar on a weekend for some dancing.

Website: Tijuana Picnic

Jajaja – 162 East Broadway

Vegan tacos have never tasted so good. Don’t sleep on the “chorizo” ones.

Website: Jajaja

Gordo’s Cantina – 24-11 Bridge Plaza N, LIC

Right off the Queensborough bridge and the 7 train in LIC. Serious Mexican street fare is served up here.

Website: Gordo’s Cantina

Salvation Taco – 145 East 39th St

Literally one of the most beautiful rooftops in the city in my opinion. Plus awesome tacos & margs? Sign me up.  The crowds at the bar can get intense though, so be prepared to wait.

Website: Salvation Taco

Tacos Morelos – 438 East 9th St (or the truck on Bedford and N. 7th in Williamsburg, BK)

I discovered this place when it was just a food truck that fed my drunken dreams. Now it’s a brick and mortar, and you should go. Try the chicken cutlet cemitas too.

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