Details: Located in Chelsea Markets at 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011. Official site is https://www.lostacos1.com/
Los Tacos No. 1 is a taco stand inside Chelsea Markets, which is kind of a food market. Most of the stuff in here is priced for tourists.
The tacos here were pretty good. Nothing extraordinary, but good.
I got the carne asada and the adobada. Both were fine. All tacos cost around three to four dollars. They also give you a choice of tortilla (corn or flour tortilla), though I couldn’t really taste the difference between them.
Overall, an okay place to get some decent tacos. Keep in mind that this is a stand with no place to sit. There’s some public seating areas if you look for them in the hallway, but they are usually packed.
Details: Located at 741 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Official site is http://www.ranchotequileria.com/
Rancho Tequilieria is a Mexcian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. Though I came by for lunch, the space was warm and seemed like a fun place to come for a drink on a Friday night.
I ordered the carnitas tacos lunch special for around twelve dollars after tax. That’s three carnitas tacos, a small side salad and a side order of rice and beans. While I appreciate the sides, the tacos were tiny… which I’m coming to expect from Mexican places in Manhattan.
Overall, this place was okay, but I don’t think I’d come back. Tiny tacos are always disappointing.
Details: Located at 200 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://esquinanyc.com/
La Esquina is small chain of Mexican restaurants in New York City.
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.
Details: Found it on 6th Avenue, between 50th Street and 51st Street, in Manhattan, New York City. The official site is http://bigdsgrub.com/
Big D’s Grub Truck is a Asian fusion food truck that serves tacos, burrito bowls and sandwiches, but with Asian marinated meats. In other words, this is just another Asian style taco truck in a sea of Asian style taco truck.
I got the bulgogi “Grinder,” which is just a sandwich. It had the bulgogi/beef with pickled vegetables in it. It was okay. It cost around ten dollars. It kind of reminded of a bahn mi with bulgogi in it.
Overall, it was okay. It’s unlikely I’ll ever go back if I see the truck again.