Fish taco platter at Calexico (multiple locations), $7.50
If you’re dreaming of beaches in this second round of the polar vortex, head out for a fish taco.
We were first lured to the Greenpoint outlet of this taco-cart-turned-mini-chain by the promise of frozen margaritas one hot summer day, but we quickly discovered a solid reason to return on a semi-regular basis: The fish taco, an envelope of juicy white seafood ensconced in a crispy golden shell plus crunchy slaw, a tart mango salsa, and a drizzle of lightly smoky chipotle-injected sauce. We liked that taco so much more than the other tacos we had that day, in fact, that we’ve yet to try the vast majority of the Calexico menu, instead sliding into seats in outposts around the city for either a pair of tacos or the fish taco platter, which sides one of the tasty tortilla packages with rice and beans. And while it’s a meal that we crave most in the summertime, on a freezing cold day, it’s a nice outlet for our desire to be somewhere far away, our toes in the sand, the warm sun beating down on our faces.
Restaurants open at a dizzying pace in New York City, and keeping up with what’s hot takes some serious cash. If you — like us — need the occasional reprieve from a food-forward spending spree, you’re likely always on the lookout for cheap eats of high quality. In this space each day, we’ll highlight a tasty dish that rings in for less than $10, spotlighting places worth checking out when you’d like to get full while giving your wallet a break.