I don’t take the title of this post lightly.
I’ve done my research and I’ve had a lot… a LOT.. of tacos in this city (it’s a tough job but someones gotta do it).
My taco travels have taken me near and far, from Brooklyn to Harlem, between food trucks and swanky authentic Mexican restaurants. It’s been a long road, but I’ve found – hands down – the best tacos in New York City. And I’ve taken enough friends for a second opinion, so I promise these tacos have been put the test.
The best news? They can be yours for less than $4 (a steal for NYC). Without further ado… drumroll please…… let me introduce you to Five Tacos.
But before we get to more shots of the taco porn, let’s back up a step.
Set up in the East Village on St. Marks, Five Tacos is a happy medium between taco truck and sit down restaurant. It projects a casual cool vibe and serves up exactly what it’s name implies – five tacos. And beer and chips and guac and other necessary items like burritos (of course).
No need to stand by for a waiter, the man behind the counter will take your order, whip up the best tacos you’ve ever had in this city, and ring up your Pacifico all at once (truly a one man show).
They might have other yummy items on the menu, but truth be told, I’ve never been tempted to order anything but the tacos. You have five options – chicken, ground beef, pulled pork, chorizo, and veggie. I’d be doing you an injustice if I told you to order less than three (not because they’re small – they’re actually quite large, but because at the very least, you have to try the chicken, pork,and beef). Bring friends. Make it a party.
Once you’ve ordered your tacos of choice, grab ALL five – yes, all five – of the sauces and cozy up to the bar or community table and dig into your chips and guac. This is an opportune time to test out all sauces on excess tortilla chips (just saying).
Within 5-8 minutes, you should hear the heavens calling you from behind the counter, signaling your tacos are ready to be devoured.
BUT… fight the urge to dig in, and proceed to cover all exposed tacos in chipotle mayo + whatever other sauces you choose (devil’s hot sauce, coconut masala, hickory bourbon BBQ and habanero jerk).
Then…. have at it. Because you’ve gone your whole life without these tacos and you deserve it.
It goes without saying, you need these tacos in your life. You can find Five Tacos at 119 St. Marks (St. Marks & Ave A).