The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC

The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC
Laura Shunk

Like bedfellows and debut albums, we're omnivorous in our tastes, which is why we go to different taquerias for specific tacos -- al pastor here, shrimp tacos there. You want the best cecina? Not here. You have to go to Queens. It is hard to do one thing well, and since a taco has the potential to be a perfect palmful of food, we think it deserves genuine focus. Here are the 10 best taquerias in NYC, each of which clearly executes its vision deliciously.

The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC
Scarlett Lindeman

10. El Vagabundo Truck Queens, Queens Plaza at 40th-41st Street, Queens, 347-276-4522

This late night truck in Sunnyside, Queens, serves an arresting cecina. Paper thin sheets of beef are cured with salt and par-dried, the closest thing we have to a beef jerky taco. The cooks here are affable and knowing, tucking the juicy, plump cecina into tortillas with a smile and an extra order of grilled onions. The meat tears under the tooth with a burst of iron savoriness.

The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC
Scarlett Lindeman

9. Cafe el Presidente, 3938 Broadway, 212-927-7011

Sometimes, when we're feeling tender, all we want is a rich, flaky flour tortilla gobbed with melted cheese and bits of pork. That's what you get if you order the "gringa" at Cafe el Presidente, where the tacos, salsas, and even the escabeche, is made in house. Additionally, all of the seafood tacos -- shrimp, lobster, and fish -- soothe the soul.

The 10 Best Taquerias in NYC
Taco Mix

8. Taco Mix, 234 East 116th Street #1

These guys have the biggest and best trompo'd al pastor in town, spinning slowly on a jacked-up spit. The taquero shaves off crusty, caramelized shavings of marinated pork with a machete, a couple slivers of pineapple in the mix. Each tortilla is lovely dunked in rendered fat. And, if you catch them on a favorable day, they'll let you bring your own beer inside.



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