TACO NIGHT: The 12 Tastiest Tacos in NYC

While we’re definitely not near Mexico on a map, it’s not hard to find a killer taco in Manhattan. Whether you’re looking for a taco counter that is sure to satisfy [Los Tacos No. 1 is pretty spectacular], or want to celebrate a special occasion [Tolochae or Empellon], we’ve got all your taco needs, right here. Because there are so many awesome places that serve up these tasty Mexican treats, we present to you our top 12 recommendations that will literally start a fiesta in your mouth— guaranteed. In no particular order, here’s where to satisfy your taco cravings:

Toloache

  • Hood: Midtown West, Upper East Side & NoHo
  • Budget: $11 – $17 per taco plate.
  • What To Order: Fish tacos and guacamole… but really, anything.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Scene: Trendy.
  • More Info: Toloache 212-581-1818

toloache

Cafe el Presidente

  • Hood: Flatiron
  • Budget: $12 – $15 per taco plate.
  • What To Order: Seared Fish Taco and Crispy Fish Tacos.
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Scene: Trendy.
  • More Info: Cafe el Presidente 212-242-3491

cafe el presidente

Empellon Taqueria

  • Hood: West Village
  • Budget: $10 – $26 per taco plate.
  • What To Order: Brussels Sprouts Tacos, Pork Shoulder Tacos and Smoked Cashew Salsa.
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Scene: Trendy & Upscale.
  • More Info: Empellon Taqueria 212-367-0999

Empellon Taqueria

Los Tacos No. 1

  • Hood: Chelsea [inside Chelsea Market]
  • Budget: $2.50 – $3.50 per taco.
  • What To Order: Carne Asada Taco and Guacamole.
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: No
  • Scene: Casual, Take Out Spot.
  • More Info: Los Tacos No. 1 212-256-0343

los tacos no. 1

Salvation Taco

  • Hood: Murray Hill
  • Budget: $13 – $15 per taco plate.
  • What To Order: Al Pastor with Pineapple and Avocado Salsa.
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: No
  • Scene: Trendy, but casual.
  • More Info: Salvation Taco 212-865-5800

salvation taco

Five Tacos

  • Hood: East Village
  • Budget: $3.67 per taco.
  • What To Order: Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Taco.
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: No
  • Scene: Casual, Take Out Spot.
  • More Info: Five Tacos 212-477-7090

five tacos

La Esquina

  • Hood: Soho
  • Budget: $9 – $12 per taco plate.
  • What To Order: Pork Shoulder Tacos and Grilled Corn.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes [and you definitely need one!]
  • Scene: Trendy & Cool.
  • More Info: La Esquina 646-613-7100

la-esquina

Calexico

  • Hood: Lower East Side
  • Budget: $3 – $4.50 per taco
  • What To Order: Chipotle Pork Taco, Baja Fish Taco and Carne Fries.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Reservations: No
  • Scene: Casual.
  • More Info: Calexico 646-590-4172

calexico

Mercadito

  • Hood: East Village
  • Budget: $14.50 per taco plate.
  • What To Order: Pancita Tacos, Pastor Tacos and Pollo Tacos.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Scene: Trendy & Casual.
  • More Info: Mercadito 212-529-6490

mercadito

El Parador Cafe

  • Hood: Murray Hill
  • Budget: $18 – $28 per taco plate.
  • What To Order: The Taco Tray.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Scene: Old School Casual.
  • More Info: El Parador Cafe 212-679-6812

el parador

Taqueria Diana

  • Hood: East Village
  • Budget: $3 – $3.50 per taco.
  • What To Order: Al Pastor Taco and Chicken Tacos.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Reservations: No
  • Scene: Casual, Take Out.
  • More Info: Taqueria Diana 646-422-7871

taqueria-diana

Mission Cantina

  • Hood: Lower East Side
  • Budget: $4 – $12 per taco.
  • What To Order: Fish Tacos.
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Scene: Casual.
  • More Info: Mission Cantina 212-254-2233

mission cantina