Street taco wonder Los Tacos No. 1 — previously only available out of a small stand inside Chelsea Market — now has a second home in a new Times Square location. The standalone outpost of the taqueria is at 229 West 43 Street, the former New York Times building, occupying a 1,700-square-foot space.
The team quietly opened during the July 4th weekend, more than one year after signing the lease on the space in a landmarked building, according to co-founder Tyler Sanders.
The menu at Los Tacos Times Square mirrors the original, where locals and tourists will find some of the city’s best adobada, carne asada, and nopal tacos. The consistent offerings landed Los Tacos on the Eater 38 this month. The stand is also well known for its guacamole and aguas frescas.
Here, fans of the taqueria will recognize the long service counter identical to the Chelsea Market original, designed by Brooklyn-based artist Steve Powers. The new space also has several high-tops for standing and eating, something regulars of the taqueria have griped about to the owners.
To start, the Times Square location is keeping Chelsea Market hours — 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily — but the team hopes to expand down the line. “Ideally, we’d have a 24-hour Times Square taco stand, a place to get tacos at 2:00 a.m.,” Sanders says.
Los Tacos No. 1 opened inside just-as-dense Chelsea Market in May 2013 and has been welcoming lines consistently since. Sanders, Piñeda, and third co-found Kyle Cameron also oversee Los Mariscos, a seafood spinoff serving ceviche, fish tacos, and oyster shooters inside Chelsea Market.