I have to make this one short and sweet. My oldest who is now obsessed with everything zombies, finally convinced me to catch up with the Walking Dead. That’s pretty much my evenings this week, between throwing out the garbage and taking out the dishes (I havent proved yet that I can put them IN the dish washer yet, but I’m getting there). I dont even have the time to produce some nice pictures for you on this one, but I may do it later. Besides, tacos I find, are the least photogenic food items out there. Many look sort of messy or the same, and as soon as I get them I want to eat them quickly before they get cold.
In Hell’s Kitchen these days you cant sneeze outside anymore without a Mexican resaturant owner going “gazuntai, come on in, we have something for that”. It seems like every week something new opens up, and we are suddenly spoiled for choice. This walk will give you a nice taste of the Hell’s Kitchen Mexican scene, and at the very least some ideas on where you can get some nice meals.
Shrimp Taco at Otto’s Tacos (9th 48/49). One of the newer kids on the block, and a nice intro to the taco scene. Get your Horchata here too (as opposed to the other places). The rest of the tacos are fine as well, but this is my favorite
Fish Taco at Ponche Taqueria & Cantina (49th 9/10). I would ask for grilled instead of tempura’d. Al Pastor here on the sweet side but nice flavor as well
Al Pastor at Tehuitzingo (10th 47/48). And/or the Lengua. And/or the Goat. Oh fuck it, get all three and share. This place is getting very popular for good reason
Carnitas at Parada 47 (47th 10/11). Former bodega recently reopened with the same cook David (say hi from Ziggy). I like it here because its not discovered yet (and I’m doing such a great job keeping it that way). Its like my little Mexican oasis. Go to the front, order, sit, repeat
That should fill you up. For dessert head across the street for a Canotto Dolce at Sullivan Street Bakery, or better yet head to Gotham West Market for the sick Ample Hills Creamery salted crack caramel. If you still want more tacos, you can have more at Choza at Gotham West, or better yet try the fish tacos at Genuine Roadside. While not a taco, a spicy chicken empanada from Empanada Mama can also be included in the walk (after Otto)
Enjoy! let me know how it goes