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A Guide to NYC’s Swiftly Growing Birria Taco Scene

The brick-red stew, often served in tortillas with consomme for dipping, is appearing in trucks and storefronts across NYC and in New Jersey. Here’s the latest update.

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Last October, we first published this guide to the city’s burgeoning beef birria scene. The fad had begun a year earlier with the appearance of Birria-Landia, a truck that pulled up on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights. It was an instant hit and continues to generate long lines even as other birria trucks appeared, and Birria-Landia added a second truck in Williamsburg. We now introduce six more destinations to our map. Note: three locations feature lamb, rather than beef, and here’s to hoping some places begin serving the more traditional goat birria soon.

Meanwhile, here’s a thumbnail history of the gastro-phenomenon:

I had my first taste of birria in 2003 at Birrieria Chalio in East Los Angeles. It was a brick-red stew with a vast wad of goat plopped in the middle, bones and all, served with cilantro, chopped onions, lime wedges, and a steaming pile of fresh tortillas. It was unforgettable, and every ounce of the broth got gobbled up. The armloads of dried red chiles that went into the dish had subjugated the horned mammal and its sinews, rendering the meat as soft as a cashmere sweater.

A birria joint in East LA on the left and two plates of soupy red beef birria on a table on the right.

Birria arose in the state of Jalisco and spread across a wide swath of Mexico going north, proceeding through Tijuana. There, it became a principal street food, often peddled as tacos rather than stew, eventually setting down in LA, more often in stew form, as “the single best regional Mexican dish,” according to Jonathan Gold. Along the way, a beef version became popular. It was this iteration that appeared in 2019 in Jackson Heights at the Birria-Landia truck, causing a sensation.

Sure, we’d had beef birria before, notably at the El Bronco truck near Green-Wood Cemetery in south Brooklyn, where it was served like a stew in a paper cup, and a few other places, such as Sabor a Mexico and Taqueria Coatzingo as tacos. But the birria wasn’t served in the typical way, with consomme on the side, nor were the tortillas dipped in juices first. Now we have several reasonably traditional renditions served in a taco format, with the tortillas dipped before stuffing, and a consomme sometimes served on the side. Ideally, birria tacos should be not only moist, but sloppy, and here’s where to find ’em.

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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 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, and a good pile of tortillas are provided so you can assemble your own birria tacos.

A bowl of red soup with a hand and spoon lifting a morsel of meat. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

2. Moho Mexican Grill

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3805 Bell Blvd
Queens, NY 11361
(718) 709-9695
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I haven’t tried these birria tacos yet, but the pictures and descriptions provided on various social media accounts look promising. The tortillas have clearly been dipped, and the consomme provided on the side looks righteous. The beef is halal at this Bayside Mexican restaurant located fairly far east in Queens, and the birria tacos are available Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

A number of reddish tacos filled with red meat, with red soup on the side against a backdrop of a serve yourself steam table. Photo from Moho Mexican Grill Instagram

3. 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. The tacos 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

4. 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 consomme served on the side. Not only are tacos available, but also tostadas and mulitas, the latter especially recommended, featuring the filling between two tortillas and oozing white cheese.

Three mulitas stuffed with beef birria and cheese. Robert Sietsema/Eater

5. 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 consomme is available as a side dish, but must be requested.

Three tacos with meaty red filling in an aluminum carryout container. Robert Sietsema/Eater

6. 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, but a slightly austere and highly flavored consomme 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

7. 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 consomme, though.

A pair of juicy meat tacos, one with a flour tortilla and the other with a yellowish corn tortilla that looks homemade. Robert Sietsema/Eater

8. Atla

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372 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(347) 662-3522
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Even after last December’s 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

9. Amigo by Nai

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29 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 933-4487
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This collaboration between an LA taqueria and a NYC tapas bar via chefs Juan “Billy” Acosta and Ruben Rodriguez, located just north of Houston in the East Village, has produced a small menu of hybrid tacos. A version of birria made with oxtails is one. A thick red mojo instead of the usual chile braising liquid moistens the meat, and the consomme is more like a species of French onion soup, but the combination works and represents an interesting variation on the other birria tacos in town.

A small taco with a wad of meat and thick pink sauce alongside a cub of brown soup. Robert Sietsema/Eater

10. 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 is 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 consomme is available on the side. This place also marks the advent of birria on the Lower East Side.

A soupy taco with a cup of soup on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

11. 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 six months ago, owned by Mexico City native Roberto Islas, who is also the chef. It is the first place in the metropolitan area to make birria out of lamb rather than beef (though we’re still waiting for goat birria — queen of the birrias — to appear). The consomme 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

12. Birrieria Alexa's Red Taco

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241 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 842-8221

This newcomer to Bedford Avenue’s hopping food truck scene styles itself a Tijuana-style birrieria, and beef birria is its only focus. The braised beef is absolutely delicious, and the tasty consomme (which you get free with the three-taco special) is restrained in its greasiness. The tortillas have been dipped, too, and a Puebla-type super quesadilla is offered, in addition to a broad range of other antojitos, including tortas.

A hand dips a taco in a plastic  cup of red soup. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

13. 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 the lines still form. Unlike the first truck, it pulls up earlier in the day at 2 p.m., which makes it easier to avoid a long wait. Look for a further location in the Bronx. (See our entry for the Roosevelt Avenue vehicle for a description of the approach to the sauced meat, and yes the consomme is the best in town, even though it’s purchased separately.)

A line of people stands in front of a wide taco truck James Park/Eater

14. 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 not long ago, 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

15. Derek Truck

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18 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(347) 956-1791
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As birria mania ramped up, it was inevitable that plain old taco trucks would begin to make it — and often make it well. Parked near the Jefferson L stop is a little cluster of vans, which includes Peter’s Crunchy Red Tacos, Derek Truck turns out all the usual antojitos, but has a sign advertising the new specialty. Three birria tacos come with free consomme, and even though the tortillas aren’t dipped and the consomme is more like a beef soup, the birria is richly flavored and a bargain. And the guac topping is free.

Three small meat tacos in a white plastic tray with a dark soup on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater

16. 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

17. 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 consomme 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

18. 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.

A white paper cup of chunky beef stew with a spoon stuck in it. Robert Sietsema/Eater

19. 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 spot on, though a little milder that you might like. There’s no consomme, 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 small and welcoming institution.

A pair of double tortilla birria tacos with a glimpse of the striated meat underneath chopped cilantro and onions. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

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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. 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 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, and a good pile of tortillas are provided so you can assemble your own birria tacos.

2109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10029

2. Moho Mexican Grill

3805 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361
A number of reddish tacos filled with red meat, with red soup on the side against a backdrop of a serve yourself steam table. Photo from Moho Mexican Grill Instagram

I haven’t tried these birria tacos yet, but the pictures and descriptions provided on various social media accounts look promising. The tortillas have clearly been dipped, and the consomme provided on the side looks righteous. The beef is halal at this Bayside Mexican restaurant located fairly far east in Queens, and the birria tacos are available Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

3805 Bell Blvd
Queens, NY 11361

3. 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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. The tacos 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

4. Birria-Landia

77-99 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
Three mulitas stuffed with beef birria and cheese. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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 consomme served on the side. Not only are tacos available, but also tostadas and mulitas, the latter especially recommended, featuring the filling between two tortillas and oozing white cheese.

77-99 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372

5. Chinelos Birria Tacos

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

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 consomme is available as a side dish, but must be requested.

4-09 Center Blvd
Queens, NY 11101

6. 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. 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, but a slightly austere and highly flavored consomme 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

7. 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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 consomme, though.

206 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

8. Atla

372 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
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A banana leaf filled with chopped red meat. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Even after last December’s 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

9. Amigo by Nai

29 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
A small taco with a wad of meat and thick pink sauce alongside a cub of brown soup. Robert Sietsema/Eater

This collaboration between an LA taqueria and a NYC tapas bar via chefs Juan “Billy” Acosta and Ruben Rodriguez, located just north of Houston in the East Village, has produced a small menu of hybrid tacos. A version of birria made with oxtails is one. A thick red mojo instead of the usual chile braising liquid moistens the meat, and the consomme is more like a species of French onion soup, but the combination works and represents an interesting variation on the other birria tacos in town.

29 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Birria LES

127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
A soupy taco with a cup of soup on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This combined effort of Iqbal “Iggy” Ahmed, Emon Ullah, and Raymundo Garcia is 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 consomme is available on the side. This place also marks the advent of birria on the Lower East Side.

127 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

11. 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

La Brujeria (“the witchery) is an amazing taqueria in the back of a Jersey City gas station. It opened six months ago, owned by Mexico City native Roberto Islas, who is also the chef. It is the first place in the metropolitan area to make birria out of lamb rather than beef (though we’re still waiting for goat birria — queen of the birrias — to appear). The consomme 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

12. Birrieria Alexa's Red Taco

241 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A hand dips a taco in a plastic  cup of red soup. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This newcomer to Bedford Avenue’s hopping food truck scene styles itself a Tijuana-style birrieria, and beef birria is its only focus. The braised beef is absolutely delicious, and the tasty consomme (which you get free with the three-taco special) is restrained in its greasiness. The tortillas have been dipped, too, and a Puebla-type super quesadilla is offered, in addition to a broad range of other antojitos, including tortas.

241 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Birria-Landia Williamsburg

486 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A line of people stands in front of a wide taco truck James Park/Eater

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 the lines still form. Unlike the first truck, it pulls up earlier in the day at 2 p.m., which makes it easier to avoid a long wait. Look for a further location in the Bronx. (See our entry for the Roosevelt Avenue vehicle for a description of the approach to the sauced meat, and yes the consomme is the best in town, even though it’s purchased separately.)

486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

Appearing just above the Jefferson stop on the L in Bushwick not long ago, 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

15. Derek Truck

18 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Three small meat tacos in a white plastic tray with a dark soup on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater

As birria mania ramped up, it was inevitable that plain old taco trucks would begin to make it — and often make it well. Parked near the Jefferson L stop is a little cluster of vans, which includes Peter’s Crunchy Red Tacos, Derek Truck turns out all the usual antojitos, but has a sign advertising the new specialty. Three birria tacos come with free consomme, and even though the tortillas aren’t dipped and the consomme is more like a beef soup, the birria is richly flavored and a bargain. And the guac topping is free.

18 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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16. 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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

17. La Lupe Cantina

9 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Two red saucy tacos with meat on a white china plate. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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 consomme 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

18. Tacos El Bronco

860 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
A white paper cup of chunky beef stew with a spoon stuck in it. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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.

860 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

19. 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. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

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 spot on, though a little milder that you might like. There’s no consomme, 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 small and welcoming institution.

214 Highlawn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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