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Three corn tortilla tacos with a dark soup on the side and garnished with bright red radish slices in foreground.
Birria from Tortas Morelos.
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21 Spots for Perfectly Braised and Saucy Birria Tacos in NYC

The brick-red stew, often served in tortillas with consomé for dipping, continues to spread across NYC and New Jersey. Here’s the latest update.

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Birria from Tortas Morelos.
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It’s been more than two years since the Birria-Landia van pulled up on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights and began fashioning its coarse-textured, chile-braised beef tacos, served with a consomé made from the braising liquid. In Jalisco, where birria originated, goat meat is most common, but in Queens, Birria-Landia and other spots tend to follow in the foosteps of Tijuana, where the meat is often beef. In Los Angeles, America’s epicenter of birria, both beef and goat are common.

When Eater New York’s most recent birria map was published last June, the phenomenon had leapt from Jackson Heights to Bushwick, Long Island City, New Jersey, and a few other places, but a number of things have happened since then. Birria has become common in many Manhattan neighborhoods, while continuing its march across Brooklyn and Queens; halal versions have appeared (though no kosher ones as far as I know); and birria has popped up in other forms, such as on pizza, in ramen, and heaped on rice or other grains in bowls in the style of today’s fast-casual restaurants.

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1. Las Delicias Mexicanas

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2109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10029
(212) 828-3659
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Like the Tacos El Bronco truck in Sunset Park, East Harlem stalwart Las Delicias Mexicanas provides an older idea of birria — served as a stew with corn tortillas long before quesabirria tacos and birria mulitas became all the rage. As an added plus, this birria is made with very flavorful lamb, rather than beef. The brick-red broth is also somewhat oddly bobbing with carrots, which add sweetness. It’s up to you to assemble the birria tacos.

A bowl of red soup with a hand and spoon lifting a morsel of meat.
In East Harlem, birria can be a lamb soup with lots of carrots.
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2. Taqueria 86

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210 W 94th St
New York, NY 10025
(917) 675-7727
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Long may you ponder why a taco storefront on West 94th Street is called Taqueria 86 (it commemorates the year the World Cup was held in Mexico). A full range of tacos is offered, to be washed down with beer in a comfortable, sports-bar setting, but the best tasted was filled with a shredded and chile-laden birria. The braised meat was totally up to par, and cheese and cilantro were generously applied, but the consomé seemed a bit thin and pallid, so you may want to skip the dipping part.

A metal tray with green and white checked paper on it and a pair of tacos.
Birria tacos at newcomer Taqueria 86.
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3. Vida Verde

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248 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
(646) 657-0565
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Eater critic Ryan Sutton is particularly fond of the beef birria tacos at this Midtown West cocktail lounge, open till the wee hours with a kitchen led by Pueblan-born chef Ignacio Cotzomi. The birria is exceedingly chunky, and according to Sutton, “The brisket itself flaunts an intensely browned and crispy exterior; it exudes an intoxicating bovine aroma that recalls the best suadero tacos or griddled burgers.” A cup of consomé and salsa de arbol are served on the side. 

Three tacos on a ceramic plate with brown chunks of meat.
Birria tacos at Vina Verde.
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4. Chofi Taco

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1700 Summit Ave
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 430-6515
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Chofi Tacos has an unusual trajectory. Founded by Kim-Martin Flammia and Patrick Flammia, it started out as a Smorgasburg stall in Williamsburg. Then it hopped across two rivers to Union City, New Jersey. Located midblock in a residential neighborhood with outdoor seating and two tables inside, the place specializes in birria tacos, though several other fillings — including an intriguing “nortena” of cubed skirt steak — are also available. But the birria tacos themselves are fantastic, lushly stuffed and deeply dipped in juices, with the currently faddish quesabirria taco (or “quesataco”) the best. 

A pair of meat stuffed tacos on a pink plate with red soup on the side.
Tacos taste better on a pink plate.
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5. Birria NYC

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40-05 Broadway
Queens, NY 11103
(718) 440-9100
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This renamed space in southeastern Astoria (previously Metro Crust Pizza) is one of a collection of Queens pizzerias taken over by Mexican immigrants. Usually, a taco menu is added to the pizzas; in this case, an entire menu of pizzas with Mexican toppings takes center stage. The birria pizza is a thing of beauty with lots of meat on a melting platform of cheese. Yes, the consomé is served alongside at no extra charge, and there’s a bonus cup of guacamole, which is really better for dipping than soup.

A pizza with white cheese and stringy dark red meat, with soup and green guac on the side.
Birria pizza at Birria NYC.
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6. Cielito Astoria

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33-02 36th Ave
Queens, NY 11106
(718) 786-4800

This newish combination restaurant and cocktail lounge run by restaurateur Alex Arias offers a wonderful menu of specialties — often using the recipes of América Rodriguez — from the state of Sinaloa in northwestern of Mexico, bordering the Gulf of California. Yes, there’s chilorio and aguachiles, but also a great taco version of beef birria. Served with consomé and a fiery orange salsa, these tacos are made on corn tortillas and are oozing with melted cheese.

Two tacos with meat inside and cheese underneath the meat.
Quesabirria tacos at Cielito Astoria.
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7. Birria-Landia

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77-99 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372
(347) 283-2162
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This quintessential New York City birria truck, via brothers José and Jesús Moreno, appeared as if by magic nearly two years ago in Jackson Heights, and a line immediately began to form. The birria harkens to Tijuana instead of Jalisco, but all the bells and whistles are there, including dipped tortillas and a chunky consomé served on the side. Not only are tacos available, but also tostadas and mulitas, the latter especially recommended, depositing the filling between two tortillas and oozing white cheese.

Three mulitas stuffed with beef birria and cheese.
Mulitas (two tortillas + cheese) at our first birria truck.
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8. Chinelos Birria Tacos

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4-09 Center Blvd
Queens, NY 11101
(917) 819-9066
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Near the new public library and Gantry State Park in Hunter’s Point, Long Island City, a prodigious collection of food trucks has assembled. Among the hot dogs, chicken teriyaki, and empanadas, one artistically decorated van specializes in birria. In addition to a largely Pueblan menu, Chinelos Birria Tacos offers a very fine example of birria tacos, sold in threes on smallish dipped tortillas, freighted with extra meat. The very chunky consomé is available as a side dish, but must be requested.

Three tacos with meaty red filling in an aluminum carryout container.
Birria tacos, three to an order.
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9. Delicias Galindo Food Truck

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6th Ave & W 20th St
New York, NY 10011

Finally, the birria trucks that have characterized the street dining scene in the other boroughs have motored into Manhattan. The Delicias Galindo van, having previous made Corona its home, has found its way to Chelsea. Just like the other trucks, it sells an assortment of taco fillings, though beef birria and consomé is the highlight. And like the other birria trucks, it adds Pueblan flourishes to what is basically a Tijuana specialty. The birria quesadilla is a case in point, with the juicy meat folded into a giant corn tortilla, the top squiggled with crema, queso seco, and guac that’s normally used on tacos.

A plastic container with a reddish quesadilla nearly obscured by its white and black toppings.
Birria quesadilla at the Delicias Galindo food truck.
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10. Tacos Güey

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37 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 991-8222
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Under chef Henry Zamora, who once worked at French Laundry, the menu at Flatiron newcomer Tacos Güey features a birria taco made with chile-braised lamb, rather than beef. Served in pairs, they are made with paper-thin tortillas that are not pre-coated with the birria braising liquid due to fragility, but an austere and highly flavored consomé is served on the side for dipping; you’ll find yourself drinking the rest after you eat the tacos.

A pair of chopped meat tacos covered with chopped onions and cilantro, with a saucer of soup on the side.
Fine dining birria at Tacos Güey.
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11. Borrachito

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206 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(646) 992-4743
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This flashy East Village spot, descended from a bar, offers a range of tacos from a colorful blue window on the sidewalk, washed down with cocktails and Mexican sodas served from the same window. It flaunted its birria tacos from the start. They’re made from oxtail rather than the usual chuck roast, and available on corn or flour tortillas. No consomé, though.

A pair of juicy meat tacos, one with a flour tortilla and the other with a yellowish corn tortilla that looks homemade.
Choose either corn or flour tortillas.
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12. Atla

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372 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(347) 662-3522
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Even after the departure of chef Daniela Soto-Innes, Atla keeps innovating. One of its most recent offerings is birria — boneless beef short rib served in a half-pound portion cradled in a banana leaf. Alongside come cilantro, onion, and an orange-colored “salsa roja,” and the beef achieves a level of flavor unusual for that meat, making it taste almost like goat. House-made tortillas must be ordered separately.

A banana leaf filled with chopped red meat.
Atla, where birria comes in a banana leaf.
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13. Birria LES

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127 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 707-3883
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This combined effort of Iqbal “Iggy” Ahmed, Emon Ullah, and Raymundo Garcia resulted in one of the first birrieria to serve halal meat. Why not goat? “It’s way too expensive,” Ahmed told me one evening. The birria tacos here are pleasantly soupy, heaped with lots of onion and cilantro, and consomé is available on the side. This place also marks birria’s advent on the Lower East Side.

A soupy taco with a cup of soup on the side.
Birria LES — where the beef is halal.
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14. La Brujeria

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590 Grand St
Jersey City, NJ 07304
(201) 267-6760
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La Brujeria (“the witchery) is an amazing taqueria in the back of a Jersey City gas station. It opened a year ago, owned by Mexico City native Roberto Islas, who is also the chef. It was the first place in the metropolitan area to make birria out of lamb rather than beef (though we’re still waiting for real goat birria to appear). The consomé is one of the darkest and richest in town, though the tortillas are not dipped. The shredded meat is intensely flavorful, and gas prices are cheap, too, in case you want to fill up.

Three tacos in a styrofoam container with red soup on the side illumined by an open car window.
Witchcraft at La Brujeria.
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15. Birria-Landia Williamsburg

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486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 839-8706

A second truck parked under the BQE at Metropolitan in Williamsburg has doubled the reach of our first birria truck. This truck is twice as big and getting your birria should require less of a wait, yet lines still form. Unlike the first truck, it pulls up earlier at 2 p.m., which makes it easier to avoid a long wait. Look for a further location in the Bronx. The consomé are these trucks is the best in town, even though one has to purchase it separately.

A line of people stands in front of a wide taco truck
Williamsburg’s Birria-Landia appears midafternoon.
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16. Peter's Crunchy Red Tacos

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348-416 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Appearing just above the Jefferson stop on the L in Bushwick, Peter’s sleek black truck added a couple of flourishes to the birria taco scene. Like Birria-Landia, it too concentrated on beef birria alone, offered as tacos and four further configurations, though the last two sometimes sell out early: quesabirria tacos, mulitas, tortas, and nachos. Additionally, the antojitos are crisped on the griddle before serving, hence the designation “crunchy tacos.” The truck is named for proprietor Peter Luna, whose parents own taquerias in Brooklyn and Queens.

A close-up showing one quarter of a single mulita, with meat visible on the edge.
These mulitas are crunchy.
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17. Nene’s Deli Taqueria at Eric Mini Market

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14 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(347) 413-6684

This bodega is the current home of Nene’s Deli Taqueria, once located a half mile north in a much tinier space. It’s the project of Andrés Tonatiuh Galindo Maria, a classically trained chef who has now turned his attention to birria. Working on a tiny griddle mid-bodega, he turns out tacos, burritos, mulitas, quesadillas, tortas, empanadas, and sopes. If you want birria ramen, Galindo Maria will reach up to one of the shelves, pluck down a package of Mexican-made ramen, and cook you up a bowl.

A pair of mulita halves with guacamole and meat visible between two tortillas.
Nene’s is currently at Eric Mini Market.
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18. La Lupe Cantina

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9 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 715-2455
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Let’s say you want to eat birria in a bistro setting, served on a non-floppy plate and washed down with a beer or even a margarita. La Lupe may be your place. A narrow back courtyard provides outdoor seating, and the birria is thoughtfully made and stuffed opulently into small tortillas. No consomé comes alongside, but the chile and beefy flavors are spot on, the guac a welcome addition, and the radish matchsticks a festive touch. The joint is owned by Karla Muniz, who operated Mexican restaurants in Ecuador before moving to the United States.

Two red saucy tacos with meat on a white china plate.
Want your birria tacos on a ceramic plate?
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19. Tacos El Bronco

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860 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(917) 405-5759
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This legendary taco truck first pulled up across the street from Sunset Park’s Jackie Gleason Bus Depot in 2007. Owned by Mariano Tapia, it spawned a fleet of taco trucks and a full-blown restaurant just down the hill on Fourth Avenue. In addition to low-cost tacos served into the wee hours, it also makes a mean birria, chunky with beef and offered in a paper cup. Recently, the fabled truck started making birria tacos, too.

A white paper cup of chunky beef stew with a spoon stuck in it.
Birria as a stew with tortillas on the side.
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20. Tortas Morelos

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271 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 333-5222

Yes, the tortas at this small establishment on the northern reaches of Bay Ridge run by Juan Velasco and Blanca Gonzalez are superb, and there’s even a credible pambazo, a street staple sandwich featuring bread dipped in chile sauce. But the birria tacos are the equal of everything else, with the consomé enjoying the distinction of being some of the thickest in town, making dipping easier and the soup itself more fortifying.

Three corn tortilla tacos with a dark soup on the side and garnished with bright red radish slices in foreground.
The birria tacos come in threes at Tortas Morelos.
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21. El Gallo Taqueria

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214 Highlawn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(917) 668-2332
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This modernistic Gravesend taco spot offers a good shredded birria in a pair of corn tortillas, Puebla fashion. The meat is full of flavor and the balance of chiles ideal, though a little milder than you might like. There’s no consomé, alas, or otherwise you could make the tacos soupier — still, if you prefer to not make a mess as you eat, this is a great place to get birria. A handful of other tacos, pozole, and tortas fill out the menu of this welcoming institution, which now boasts two other branches, in Nolita and on the Upper West Side.

A pair of double tortilla birria tacos with a glimpse of the striated meat underneath chopped cilantro and onions.
Birria at the original El Gallo Taqueria in Gravesend.
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1. Las Delicias Mexicanas

2109 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10029
A bowl of red soup with a hand and spoon lifting a morsel of meat.
In East Harlem, birria can be a lamb soup with lots of carrots.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Like the Tacos El Bronco truck in Sunset Park, East Harlem stalwart Las Delicias Mexicanas provides an older idea of birria — served as a stew with corn tortillas long before quesabirria tacos and birria mulitas became all the rage. As an added plus, this birria is made with very flavorful lamb, rather than beef. The brick-red broth is also somewhat oddly bobbing with carrots, which add sweetness. It’s up to you to assemble the birria tacos.

2109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10029

2. Taqueria 86

210 W 94th St, New York, NY 10025
A metal tray with green and white checked paper on it and a pair of tacos.
Birria tacos at newcomer Taqueria 86.
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Long may you ponder why a taco storefront on West 94th Street is called Taqueria 86 (it commemorates the year the World Cup was held in Mexico). A full range of tacos is offered, to be washed down with beer in a comfortable, sports-bar setting, but the best tasted was filled with a shredded and chile-laden birria. The braised meat was totally up to par, and cheese and cilantro were generously applied, but the consomé seemed a bit thin and pallid, so you may want to skip the dipping part.

210 W 94th St
New York, NY 10025

3. Vida Verde

248 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
Three tacos on a ceramic plate with brown chunks of meat.
Birria tacos at Vina Verde.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Eater critic Ryan Sutton is particularly fond of the beef birria tacos at this Midtown West cocktail lounge, open till the wee hours with a kitchen led by Pueblan-born chef Ignacio Cotzomi. The birria is exceedingly chunky, and according to Sutton, “The brisket itself flaunts an intensely browned and crispy exterior; it exudes an intoxicating bovine aroma that recalls the best suadero tacos or griddled burgers.” A cup of consomé and salsa de arbol are served on the side. 

248 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

4. Chofi Taco

1700 Summit Ave, Union City, NJ 07087
A pair of meat stuffed tacos on a pink plate with red soup on the side.
Tacos taste better on a pink plate.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Chofi Tacos has an unusual trajectory. Founded by Kim-Martin Flammia and Patrick Flammia, it started out as a Smorgasburg stall in Williamsburg. Then it hopped across two rivers to Union City, New Jersey. Located midblock in a residential neighborhood with outdoor seating and two tables inside, the place specializes in birria tacos, though several other fillings — including an intriguing “nortena” of cubed skirt steak — are also available. But the birria tacos themselves are fantastic, lushly stuffed and deeply dipped in juices, with the currently faddish quesabirria taco (or “quesataco”) the best. 

1700 Summit Ave
Union City, NJ 07087

5. Birria NYC

40-05 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103
A pizza with white cheese and stringy dark red meat, with soup and green guac on the side.
Birria pizza at Birria NYC.
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This renamed space in southeastern Astoria (previously Metro Crust Pizza) is one of a collection of Queens pizzerias taken over by Mexican immigrants. Usually, a taco menu is added to the pizzas; in this case, an entire menu of pizzas with Mexican toppings takes center stage. The birria pizza is a thing of beauty with lots of meat on a melting platform of cheese. Yes, the consomé is served alongside at no extra charge, and there’s a bonus cup of guacamole, which is really better for dipping than soup.

40-05 Broadway
Queens, NY 11103

6. Cielito Astoria

33-02 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106
Two tacos with meat inside and cheese underneath the meat.
Quesabirria tacos at Cielito Astoria.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This newish combination restaurant and cocktail lounge run by restaurateur Alex Arias offers a wonderful menu of specialties — often using the recipes of América Rodriguez — from the state of Sinaloa in northwestern of Mexico, bordering the Gulf of California. Yes, there’s chilorio and aguachiles, but also a great taco version of beef birria. Served with consomé and a fiery orange salsa, these tacos are made on corn tortillas and are oozing with melted cheese.

33-02 36th Ave
Queens, NY 11106

7. Birria-Landia

77-99 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
Three mulitas stuffed with beef birria and cheese.
Mulitas (two tortillas + cheese) at our first birria truck.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This quintessential New York City birria truck, via brothers José and Jesús Moreno, appeared as if by magic nearly two years ago in Jackson Heights, and a line immediately began to form. The birria harkens to Tijuana instead of Jalisco, but all the bells and whistles are there, including dipped tortillas and a chunky consomé served on the side. Not only are tacos available, but also tostadas and mulitas, the latter especially recommended, depositing the filling between two tortillas and oozing white cheese.

77-99 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372

8. Chinelos Birria Tacos

4-09 Center Blvd, Queens, NY 11101
Three tacos with meaty red filling in an aluminum carryout container.
Birria tacos, three to an order.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Near the new public library and Gantry State Park in Hunter’s Point, Long Island City, a prodigious collection of food trucks has assembled. Among the hot dogs, chicken teriyaki, and empanadas, one artistically decorated van specializes in birria. In addition to a largely Pueblan menu, Chinelos Birria Tacos offers a very fine example of birria tacos, sold in threes on smallish dipped tortillas, freighted with extra meat. The very chunky consomé is available as a side dish, but must be requested.

4-09 Center Blvd
Queens, NY 11101

9. Delicias Galindo Food Truck

6th Ave & W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
A plastic container with a reddish quesadilla nearly obscured by its white and black toppings.
Birria quesadilla at the Delicias Galindo food truck.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Finally, the birria trucks that have characterized the street dining scene in the other boroughs have motored into Manhattan. The Delicias Galindo van, having previous made Corona its home, has found its way to Chelsea. Just like the other trucks, it sells an assortment of taco fillings, though beef birria and consomé is the highlight. And like the other birria trucks, it adds Pueblan flourishes to what is basically a Tijuana specialty. The birria quesadilla is a case in point, with the juicy meat folded into a giant corn tortilla, the top squiggled with crema, queso seco, and guac that’s normally used on tacos.

6th Ave & W 20th St
New York, NY 10011

10. Tacos Güey

37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
A pair of chopped meat tacos covered with chopped onions and cilantro, with a saucer of soup on the side.
Fine dining birria at Tacos Güey.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Under chef Henry Zamora, who once worked at French Laundry, the menu at Flatiron newcomer Tacos Güey features a birria taco made with chile-braised lamb, rather than beef. Served in pairs, they are made with paper-thin tortillas that are not pre-coated with the birria braising liquid due to fragility, but an austere and highly flavored consomé is served on the side for dipping; you’ll find yourself drinking the rest after you eat the tacos.

37 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

11. Borrachito

206 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
A pair of juicy meat tacos, one with a flour tortilla and the other with a yellowish corn tortilla that looks homemade.
Choose either corn or flour tortillas.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This flashy East Village spot, descended from a bar, offers a range of tacos from a colorful blue window on the sidewalk, washed down with cocktails and Mexican sodas served from the same window. It flaunted its birria tacos from the start. They’re made from oxtail rather than the usual chuck roast, and available on corn or flour tortillas. No consomé, though.

206 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

12. Atla

372 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Read Review |
A banana leaf filled with chopped red meat.
Atla, where birria comes in a banana leaf.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Even after the departure of chef Daniela Soto-Innes, Atla keeps innovating. One of its most recent offerings is birria — boneless beef short rib served in a half-pound portion cradled in a banana leaf. Alongside come cilantro, onion, and an orange-colored “salsa roja,” and the beef achieves a level of flavor unusual for that meat, making it taste almost like goat. House-made tortillas must be ordered separately.

372 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

13. Birria LES

127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
A soupy taco with a cup of soup on the side.
Birria LES — where the beef is halal.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This combined effort of Iqbal “Iggy” Ahmed, Emon Ullah, and Raymundo Garcia resulted in one of the first birrieria to serve halal meat. Why not goat? “It’s way too expensive,” Ahmed told me one evening. The birria tacos here are pleasantly soupy, heaped with lots of onion and cilantro, and consomé is available on the side. This place also marks birria’s advent on the Lower East Side.

127 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

14. La Brujeria

590 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Three tacos in a styrofoam container with red soup on the side illumined by an open car window.
Witchcraft at La Brujeria.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

La Brujeria (“the witchery) is an amazing taqueria in the back of a Jersey City gas station. It opened a year ago, owned by Mexico City native Roberto Islas, who is also the chef. It was the first place in the metropolitan area to make birria out of lamb rather than beef (though we’re still waiting for real goat birria to appear). The consomé is one of the darkest and richest in town, though the tortillas are not dipped. The shredded meat is intensely flavorful, and gas prices are cheap, too, in case you want to fill up.

590 Grand St
Jersey City, NJ 07304

15. Birria-Landia Williamsburg

486 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A line of people stands in front of a wide taco truck
Williamsburg’s Birria-Landia appears midafternoon.
James Park/Eater NY

A second truck parked under the BQE at Metropolitan in Williamsburg has doubled the reach of our first birria truck. This truck is twice as big and getting your birria should require less of a wait, yet lines still form. Unlike the first truck, it pulls up earlier at 2 p.m., which makes it easier to avoid a long wait. Look for a further location in the Bronx. The consomé are these trucks is the best in town, even though one has to purchase it separately.

486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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16. Peter's Crunchy Red Tacos

348-416 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A close-up showing one quarter of a single mulita, with meat visible on the edge.
These mulitas are crunchy.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Appearing just above the Jefferson stop on the L in Bushwick, Peter’s sleek black truck added a couple of flourishes to the birria taco scene. Like Birria-Landia, it too concentrated on beef birria alone, offered as tacos and four further configurations, though the last two sometimes sell out early: quesabirria tacos, mulitas, tortas, and nachos. Additionally, the antojitos are crisped on the griddle before serving, hence the designation “crunchy tacos.” The truck is named for proprietor Peter Luna, whose parents own taquerias in Brooklyn and Queens.

348-416 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

17. Nene’s Deli Taqueria at Eric Mini Market

14 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11221
A pair of mulita halves with guacamole and meat visible between two tortillas.
Nene’s is currently at Eric Mini Market.
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This bodega is the current home of Nene’s Deli Taqueria, once located a half mile north in a much tinier space. It’s the project of Andrés Tonatiuh Galindo Maria, a classically trained chef who has now turned his attention to birria. Working on a tiny griddle mid-bodega, he turns out tacos, burritos, mulitas, quesadillas, tortas, empanadas, and sopes. If you want birria ramen, Galindo Maria will reach up to one of the shelves, pluck down a package of Mexican-made ramen, and cook you up a bowl.

14 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11221

18. La Lupe Cantina

9 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Two red saucy tacos with meat on a white china plate.
Want your birria tacos on a ceramic plate?
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Let’s say you want to eat birria in a bistro setting, served on a non-floppy plate and washed down with a beer or even a margarita. La Lupe may be your place. A narrow back courtyard provides outdoor seating, and the birria is thoughtfully made and stuffed opulently into small tortillas. No consomé comes alongside, but the chile and beefy flavors are spot on, the guac a welcome addition, and the radish matchsticks a festive touch. The joint is owned by Karla Muniz, who operated Mexican restaurants in Ecuador before moving to the United States.

9 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

19. Tacos El Bronco

860 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
A white paper cup of chunky beef stew with a spoon stuck in it.
Birria as a stew with tortillas on the side.
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This legendary taco truck first pulled up across the street from Sunset Park’s Jackie Gleason Bus Depot in 2007. Owned by Mariano Tapia, it spawned a fleet of taco trucks and a full-blown restaurant just down the hill on Fourth Avenue. In addition to low-cost tacos served into the wee hours, it also makes a mean birria, chunky with beef and offered in a paper cup. Recently, the fabled truck started making birria tacos, too.

860 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

20. Tortas Morelos

271 Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Three corn tortilla tacos with a dark soup on the side and garnished with bright red radish slices in foreground.
The birria tacos come in threes at Tortas Morelos.
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Yes, the tortas at this small establishment on the northern reaches of Bay Ridge run by Juan Velasco and Blanca Gonzalez are superb, and there’s even a credible pambazo, a street staple sandwich featuring bread dipped in chile sauce. But the birria tacos are the equal of everything else, with the consomé enjoying the distinction of being some of the thickest in town, making dipping easier and the soup itself more fortifying.

271 Bay Ridge Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

21. El Gallo Taqueria

214 Highlawn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223
A pair of double tortilla birria tacos with a glimpse of the striated meat underneath chopped cilantro and onions.
Birria at the original El Gallo Taqueria in Gravesend.
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This modernistic Gravesend taco spot offers a good shredded birria in a pair of corn tortillas, Puebla fashion. The meat is full of flavor and the balance of chiles ideal, though a little milder than you might like. There’s no consomé, alas, or otherwise you could make the tacos soupier — still, if you prefer to not make a mess as you eat, this is a great place to get birria. A handful of other tacos, pozole, and tortas fill out the menu of this welcoming institution, which now boasts two other branches, in Nolita and on the Upper West Side.

214 Highlawn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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