Best Taquerias in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in New York City for tacos.

Los Tacos No.1
Mexican · Chelsea · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

“Outrageously good” tacos made with “super-fresh” fillings headline the short, “top-notch” Mexican menu at this Chelsea Market stall ( “just look for the long line” ) with a Times Square spin-off; there's "zero seating" , but eats this bueno and “cheap” are “worth standing for.”
Toloache
Mexican · East 80s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Deservedly popular” , these “haute cantinas” offer “thoughtful” Mexican fare that's a big “step up from the ordinary” served by an “aim-to-please” staff; sure, the “lively” digs can be “jammed and noisy” , but a “dazzling array” of margaritas provides some distraction.
Toloache
Mexican · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Deservedly popular” , these “haute cantinas” offer “thoughtful” Mexican fare that's a big “step up from the ordinary” served by an “aim-to-please” staff; sure, the “lively” digs can be “jammed and noisy” , but a “dazzling array” of margaritas provides some distraction.
Toloache
Mexican · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Deservedly popular” , these “haute cantinas” offer “thoughtful” Mexican fare that's a big “step up from the ordinary” served by an “aim-to-please” staff; sure, the “lively” digs can be “jammed and noisy” , but a “dazzling array” of margaritas provides some distraction.
Pampano
Mexican · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Refined” Mexican dishes highlighting “excellent” seafood are the stars at this “classy” East Midtowner from Richard Sandoval and tenor Plácido Domingo; it’s “not cheap” , but the “beachy” , “whitewashed” decor and “creative” drinks help make it “feel like a vacation” , especially out on the “beautiful terrace.”
Café de la Esquina
Williamsburg · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

Taking a cue from the shabby-chic SoHo original, this Williamsburg Mexican matches “memorable” tacos and more with “on-point” drinks in a refurbished diner car with a clutch back room; a sprawling patio for “hanging out with friends” rounds out a scene that’s “truly Billyburg.”
La Esquina
SoHo · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

“Straight-up delicioso” describes both the food and the scene at this ever- “trendy” SoHo Mexican comprising a “dive” -like taqueria, casual indoor/outdoor cafe and “ultracool” , hard-to-access underground grotto; the Williamsburg spin-off set in a “futuristic retro diner” comes equipped with a moody back room and “huge outdoor patio.”
El Paso Taqueria
East 90s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Eastsiders count on these “solid” , unpretentious Uptown Mexicans for “terrific” tacos and other standards ( “try the aguas frescas” ) made “fresh” with “quality ingredients” ; “tight quarters” and “so-so” service are offset by “unbelievable-value” prices.
El Paso
Mexican · East Harlem · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Eastsiders count on these “solid” , unpretentious Uptown Mexicans for “terrific” tacos and other standards ( “try the aguas frescas” ) made “fresh” with “quality ingredients” ; “tight quarters” and “so-so” service are offset by “unbelievable-value” prices.
Empellon Taqueria
West Village · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“First-rate” ingredients in “imaginative” combinations make for some seriously “haute” tacos at this “trendy” West Village Mexican where the “strong” margaritas are just as “creative” ; “slightly upscale” pricing doesn’t deter those who keep its “barlike” space “crowded and noisy.”
Calexico
Columbia Street Waterfront District · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

Mexican food fans “all abuzz” over these “rough-and-ready” street-cart spin-offs call out their “outstanding” , “Cali-inspired” tacos and burritos; “fabulous prices” and “fast service” offset the “simple” “hole-in-the-wall” settings; P.S. “make sure to get the ‘crack' sauce on anything you order.”
Calexico
Mexican · Greenpoint · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

Mexican food fans “all abuzz” over these “rough-and-ready” street-cart spin-offs call out their “outstanding” , “Cali-inspired” tacos and burritos; “fabulous prices” and “fast service” offset the “simple” “hole-in-the-wall” settings; P.S. “make sure to get the ‘crack' sauce on anything you order.”
Calexico
Mexican · Park Slope · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

Mexican food fans “all abuzz” over these “rough-and-ready” street-cart spin-offs call out their “outstanding” , “Cali-inspired” tacos and burritos; “fabulous prices” and “fast service” offset the “simple” “hole-in-the-wall” settings; P.S. “make sure to get the ‘crack' sauce on anything you order.”
El Toro Blanco
Mexican · West Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

A “great place to hang” , this “chill” West Villager from Josh Capon (Burger & Barrel, Lure) offers “delicious” Mexican fare like “creative” tacos and “fresh” guac alongside “fabulous” margaritas; it might be a bit “pricey” for the genre, but the outdoor seating is a “real boon.”