Restaurant Review: La Lotteria

Details: Located at 29 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014. The official site is www.laloterianyc.com/

Often times when I visit a Mexican restaurants that isn’t low-end or extremely high-end, I feel ripped off. Tacos are either overpriced, undersized, or both. It’s just a taco, one of the simplest, cheapest to make foods on the planet. When you start charging over three dollars for a taco or if you start shrinking them to teeny tiny serving sizes, you are generally screwing up tacos. The tacos at La Lotteria, though overpriced by this measure, are still better than most (maybe all) other middle range Mexican restaurants I’ve had in Manhattan.

I ordered the De Chicharrón de Puerco (pan fried pork belly in chile pasilla, cotija cheese, guacamole, mango pico de gallo, pickled onions) tacos. They only let you order in sizes of two ($13) or four ($22) tacos at a time. I also tried one of my friends fish tacos, which was pretty good. They were all pretty good. What surprised me is that after two of these pork belly tacos, I was stuffed. These tacos were surprisingly big, which is nice considering how middle range Mexican places love to short change you or overcharge you on the tacos. We also split an order of the guacamole ($13) and chips, which was tasted fine and was nothing special.

Service was noticeably good.

Additionally, the bathrooms downstairs are confusing to use. In each bathroom, there is a black, plastic rectangle attached to the wall behind the toilet. In order to flush said toilet, you need to press down on this black rectangle. It’s not a motion sensor.

Overall, I really liked this place despite having to pay more that three dollars for a taco. The serving sizes were satisfying and the tacos were tasty. I can definitely recommend this place.

Score: 7/10

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