Tacos have nearly taken over slices of pizza as the culinary backbone of New York City. Over the last three decades, we’ve learned to love the southern Mexican style version of two white-corn tortillas folded over a meaty filling, sprinkled with onions and cilantro. But it wasn’t that long ago that our idea of tacos included the hardshell variety. Luckily, other types of tacos have landed in the five boroughs.
During the pandemic, two major shifts have occurred: taco trucks have become more numerous, many in far-flung places; accordingly, we have featured them in this list for the first time. Meanwhile, beef birria — in the Tijuana style — has gone from being relatively unknown to a wildfire hit almost overnight.
Like your tacos rolled? Or tiny? With a flour tortilla? A dab of guac? Freighted with organs? Filled with rice and boiled eggs? Or “arabe” style — wrapped in a flour tortilla like shawarma? We’ve got ’em all, and more. Here are our favorite taquerias, curated by Eater critic Robert Sietsema. And it’s not that we don’t love chef-driven tacos, fusion tacos, or tacos produced by chains (we do!). But this collection is reserved for the more classic specimens across NYC.
New to this map are Antojitos Del Patron, Casa Birria, La Brujeria, La Espiga, Peter’s Crunchy Red Tacos, Rancho San Miguel, Santa Rita, Tacos Lupita, Taqueria Al Pastor, Taqueria Grand Central, and Yellow Rose.
Note: This is an updated list, originally published in 2016.
NYC restaurants can now offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity along with outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More