The Taco Of The Town: NYC’s Five Best Tacos

Here in New York, we take tacos seriously – especially during summertime. There’s something about rolling that soft tortilla up, drizzling lemon over the white shrimp and seared talapia, covering it in guacamole, and dipping it in a fresh coat of rice and beans.  But no – not all tacos are created equal. We live in a world where tacos are sometimes soggy, made with stale tortilla shells, and filled with unidentifiable pieces of meat. This is unacceptable. And thankfully, New York’s five best taco places agree. Dig in, compadre.

The Plantain & Chorizo Taco from Los Feliz: the  sweet and savory mother of all tacos, stuffed with green plantains, Spanish chorizo, black beans, portobello mushrooms, garlic cause, crispy panela cheese, and truffle oil. 

The Brisket Taco from Brooklyn Taco Co: award-winning, and a gift of braised brisket, pineapple salsa,  chilorio sauce, cheese, crème, and red hot sauce for your mouth.

The Fish Taco from Barrio Chino: three fresh tilapia soft tacos, simmered in citrus and marinated in avocado salsa, pickled onions, and culinary genius.

The Potato & Chorizo Taco from La Esquina: packed with cactus, chunks of potatoes, dotted with chorizo sausage, and sopped in their salsa verde. 

The Corn & Poblano Pepper Taco from Tacombi: carnivores’ shocking favorite, stuffed with roasted poblano peppers, sweet corn off the cob, a salty Mexican sour cream, and creamy and grated Cojita cheese. 

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Los Angeles Openings: Sweet Crush Ice Bar, Diablo

Over in Brentwood, Sweet Crush Ice Bar has opened its doors with an Americanized version of a traditional Asian shaved ice shop, serving water- and milk-based desserts in flavors like Earl Grey, peanut butter, espresso, blood orange, lychee, and more. It’s one of those self-serving joints where you spoon on six different toppings and still go back for more.

And there are some things to be said for five- and six-dollar tacos. "Eff that," quickly comes to mind. Luckily, there are places where you can get three decent fish tacos all over this city for that same price. The tacos at Diablo in Silver Lake aren’t your six-inch tilapia dealios; they’re large tacos stuffed with things like maple fried chicken, braised pork belly and caramelized bananas, grilled octopus and marble potatoes, and butter-roasted Maine lobster and fried brioche – to name a few. If that doesn’t entice you, then perhaps Diablo’s take on the michelada will get you at their long communal table: It’s a popsicle you dip in a pitcher of beer. Trust us. It works.