Taco Wednesday (or is it Tuesday), taco month, national taco day. I lose track sometimes, and I never discriminate. I once even had an Al Pastor on a Thursday, a designated personal soup day. I did not enjoy it. But is there a governing body that registers all these national days? Are all 365 days already taken, or can things overlap. For example, can we add a National Shakshuka day on a day that just happens to be a National Chihuahua day. Personally I dont see why Shakshukas and Chihuahuas cant be combined, but I can see the need for a limit of some sort as eventually the list will become too tedious to maintain its usefulness. Do Chihuahua even eat Shakshuka? I bet Sabra Chihuahuas do.
Even though this list includes some of my usual suspects, I had to work a little hard to find the 5th for the latest W42st compilation. After revisiting some old faves, and trying some new popular places, I suddenly found myself in my longest streak of taco mediocrity. In a neighborhood with a largish Pueblan community like Hell’s Kitchen with tacos in every corner, you start to lose hope in humanity at some point. But with some determination, we prevailed at the end. Its “Never Lose Hope Friday” after all.
You can pick up your free copy of W42st anywhere in Hell’s Kitchen. The inserts are now gone, and the KTCHLST is now embedded inside the magazine
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Shrimp at Otto’s Tacos – Small but with a lot of Chutzpah. Smartly seasoned with Serrano cream and onions. The shrimp tacos to beat in the entire city me claims
Carnitas at Taqueria Diana – As many things in life, it gets juicier as it gets older. Slowly cooked porkiness, almost like they do in Mission, SF
Lengua at Tehuitzingo, – I brought many visitors for these tender delicacies that are sort of life changing. Some turned into big fans, some religious, and some in therapy
Garbanzo Y Hongos at Choza – As for veggie tacos this little guy is tough to beat. Mushroom and Chickpeas with “Chana Masala” like Salsa Negra.
Carnitas at Tacuba – This is the entree (below), not the “tacos”. You make your own tacos with wonderfully greasy suckling pig and Chicharron. CHICHARRON!