168 Ludlow Street
Status: Opens Tonight
Three Restaurant Marc Forgione vets are opening a Mexican snack stand, Taquitoria, tonight on the Lower East Side. The standing room-only spot serves just one thing: taquitos, in four different flavors, with a couple of different topping styles. Matthew Conway, the GM and sommelier at Marc Forgione, came up with the idea for the restaurant after deciding that New York's limited taquito options did not live up to the ones he grew up with in San Diego. He teamed up with Brad Holtzman, who worked as the hospitality manager at Marc Forgione, and Barry Frish, the restaurant's former chef de cuisine, taste-tested hundreds of San Diego taquitos, and started Taquitoria. As a single-dish restaurant, they think their prospects are good, since as Holtzman puts it, "Our only competition is 7-Eleven and the freezer isle." Take a look inside:
Choices at Taquitoria are straightforward: the taquitos come filled with a choice of beans, beef, pork, or chicken marinated in Marc Forgione's Batch 22 bloody Mary mix, and can be topped with either guacamole sauce, lettuce, cotija cheese, nacho cheese sauce, or jalapeno relish. They come in orders of three for $5, or five for $8. In the coming weeks, the team also plans to offer a party-size box of 40 taquitos with all the fixings. Taquitoria is open every day except Monday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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