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There Is A Taco That Never Goes Out (@oaxacatacos Review – Park Slope)

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Sometimes the nearest taco shop can offer more than just a meal.

Winter has come to Brooklyn and after a rigorous match of bocce at Union Hall in Park Slope, I was faced with about a mile walk in 20ish° wind chill to the nearest G train to take me home. Usually this distance would not faze me, but since it was 60 degrees maybe a week ago, the weather has taken a bit of adjustment.

Not two blocks into my journey, there was a shining beacon to my left. Lights were whirling clockwise around a sign that read, simply:

“OAXACA TAQUERIA ➔ “

This sign said two things to me: TACOS and WARMTH. So, in I went.

Chorizo, Barbacoa, Al Pastor

Chorizo, Barbacoa, Al Pastor

Oaxaca has fairly large taco selection, with eight regular choices and some special offerings listed on the chalkboard. Since the cold knocked the thought out of my brain, I asked the kind dude behind the counter for his suggestions. He chose the chorizo (with papas added), barbacoa, and al pastor tacos for my dinner.  How’d these tacos fare?

Chorizo: This was topped with some pico de gallo, salsa, cotija cheese, cilantro and potatoes. Usually this is one of my favorite tacos, but the unfortunately the best part about this one were the potatoes instead of the spicy goodness that we all love about chorizo. Sad to say, but this one gets 2 out of 5 tortillas.

Barbacoa: My taco friend behind the counter said this was his favorite. This had pickled red onions ,salsa, cotija cheese, and cilantro on top. I found the meat to be a little dry, and the pickled red onions to be a bit overpowering. This beef taco gets 2.5 out of 5 tortillas.

Al Pastor: Here’s the taco champ of the bunch. Delicious chunks of pineapple and slices of grilled onion met up with with juicy roast pork, forming one of those tacos you want again and again. Al Pastor, you get 5 out of 5 tortillas.

Oaxaca Taqueria has 4 locations across the city. Based on that al pastor taco alone, I’d stop in again to try out what else they have to offer. Seriously, just thinking about it is making me hungry. Get that taco!

- Doc

Oaxaca Taqueria
250 Fourth Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Websitehttp://www.oaxacatacos.com/
Facebook: Taco Friends!
Twitter: Taco Tweets!


Keep on Taco Truckin’ (El Carrito Rojo Review)

Keep on Taco Truckin’ (El Carrito Rojo Review)

Finding a taco truck that is cheap, delicious and within a two minute walk from your office…is priceless. Having said taco truck be on your short list for best taco in NYC is like winning the taco lottery. Thus was my scenario: my office is just one short block away from El Carrito Rojo’s daily location in the Flatiron District at the corner of 19th St. & 6th Ave. In addition to being among the most authentic tacos I’ve had this far east/north, El Carrito Rojo has one of the most diverse menus (and that’s just the taco assortment) I’ve seen. What makes this most impressive is that they are able to offer such a wide array of options, including several delicious seafood items, from a truck, yet everything comes out fresh and delicious.

Being that I genuinely LOVE this truck and the menu is so diverse, I’m going to separate this review into four parts. For this first entry I will be focusing on the Chorizo (mexican sausage), Carne Enchilada (spicy pork), and Lengua (beef tongue) tacos.

The best of the bunch, surprisingly enough, was the Carne Enchilada. I am, as is The Doc, quite smitten with chorizo, and that is generally my go-to-taco at El Carrito Rojo. But since I was reviewing the place I figured I would try a few different options. Their Carne Enchilada is spicy pork at its finest (though pretty light on the spicy), and this would be my first response if pressed for a recommendation.

Next up on the menu was the Lengua, or beef tongue. This was my first time trying beef tongue and, despite my co-workers insistence that I was making out with a cow, it was delicious. If I had to compare it to something, I’d have to say slow-roasted lamb shank, surprisingly enough. While it might not have been quite as good as the Carne Enchilada, it was still great and worth a try if you’re looking to experiment a little.

Last up for this review is the chorizo taco. This has been my go-to here for over a year and I would definitely recommend it! In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if my preference for the Carne Enchilada was more due to it being a less familiar flavor than the fact that it was actually better than the chorizo taco. Overall, a sold taco choice and likely the spiciest menu item.

Between the Tortilla:

All the tacos come with the same accessories:

  • Radish
  • Greens Mix (spinach and cilantro)
  • Spicy Verde Sauce
  • Lime Slice
- TS

El Carrito Rojo (Flatiron District)
Corner of 19th St. & 6th Ave.

Manhattan, NY 10011

Website: Nope
Twitter: No Tweets, Just Meat
Facebook: Nein danke
Menu: http://newyorkstreetfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/menu-meat.jpg

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Two Bulls, Two Reviewers, Two Tacos, Two More Tacos (Dos Toros in Union Square)

Dos Toros Logo

Dos Toros (Union Square, NYC)


If you’re looking at the GPS on your phone while looking for Dos Toros, you are more than likely going to miss it.  Dos Toros is right in the hustle and bustle of 4th Avenue just east of Union Square, and the store front can’t be more than 10 feet wide.  Usually when seeking taco treasures this is a good sign, as smaller, harder to find taco joints are usually where you’ll find the most authentic mexican food.  Unfortunately in this case, we’re not too sure this held true.  The doctor and I met here with high hopes last week, and were in the end largely disappointed in what we found, which we both described as a ‘wet taco’.

This is as unappetizing as it sounds.

We sampled all four tacos, and found three of the four (the vegetarian being the exception) to be overly greasy.  Yes tacos are supposed to be greasy to an extent, but this reached grease levels more along the lines of a slice of pepperoni pizza in a white to-go bag than your ideal taco.

In terms of decor, it resembled a miniature version of Chipotle.  I’ve got nothing against Chipotle, but when seeking out a more ‘authentic’ mexican dish this is not what one would hope to come across.

These tacos weren’t a complete waste of time, but needless to say we’ve had better.

- The Slut & The Doc

Clockwise from Top Left (Pollo Asada (Chicken), Carnitas (Pork), Basic (Vegetarian), Steak (Steak)

- The Slut & The Doc

Dos Toros (Union Square)
137 4th Ave.
(Between 13th & 14th Street)
Manhattan, NY 10003 

Website: http://www.dostoros.com/
Twitter: @DosTorosNYC
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dostorosnyc


Pop’s Seafood Shack (Island Park, LINY)

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Blackened Fish Tacos (Pop’s Seafood Shack – Island Park, LINY)

Good fish tacos in New York are, to say the least, rare.  Believe it or not, I’ve actually had more success deep sea taco diving on Long Island than I have within city limits.  So this past weekend, when presented with the opportunity to enjoy some fish tacos whilst on the south shore, I seized it. I’m glad I did.

First off, I would like to say that I have an in-born prejudice where I automatically discount the possibility of finding legitimate seafood at a bar where the floors are made of sand and the average customer resembles a reject from a TNT knockoff of Jersey Shore.  In this case, I was wrong.  In addition to the fish tacos, Pop’s also has top notch PEI mussels (I recommend the Provencal), Clams Oreganata, and Buffalo Wings (Check out the full menu here).

But back to the matter at hand.  The fish tacos were definitely the standout of the meal. The lightly breaded fish was soft and tender, the roasted corn and pico de gallo added a refreshing chilled crispness, and the guacamole was good enough to stand on its own merit but still managed to mesh well with the rest of the taco.  I usually avoid sour cream, as I prefer a less domineering dairy product in my taco such a Cotija Cheese or Crema Fresca. In this instance, I welcomed it. The fact that this sour cream was of the jalapeno variety definitely contributed to my acceptance of it, and also gave the tacos a nice, spicy kick.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend stopping into Pop’s if you find yourself on Nassau County’s south shore.  The drinks are cheap, the taco is mighty and, intermingled with the rampant guidoism, you’ll find a fun crowd.

Between the Tortilla:

  • Soft Corn Tortilla
  • Market Fish (I had Tilapia)
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Jalapeno Sour Cream
  • Guacamole (served on the side)
  • Roasted Corn
Love & Pico,
Taco Slut

Pop’s Seafood Shack (Island Park)
15 Railroad Place
Island Park, NY 11558

Website: http://www.popsseafoodshack.com/
Twitter: @PopsShack
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PopsSeafoodShack


TACO KING (Long Island/West Hempstead, NY)

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Escape to Taco Island

Taco King is by no stretch of the imagination “authentic” Mexican cuisine.  In fact calling it “cuisine” is a little like calling Keanu Reeves an “actor”.  That being said like watching Point BreakBill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or even The MatrixTrilogy, if you’re hungover on a random Sunday in the West Hempstead area and just feel like slothing around, getting takeout from Taco King is actually one of your better options.

If you’ve ever been to Taco King before, the lack of authenticity should come as no surprise.  The restaurant must have been a Chinese restaurant in a past life, and the entire atmosphere right down to the photos of menu items above the counter are clearly relics of the old restaurant.  That being said if you’re looking for good/cheap Americanized mexican food on Long Island, you’re not going find much better than Taco King.

Chicken Hard Tacos

Chicken Hard Taco (Taco King), Grilled Chicken, Cheddar, Lettuce, Sour Cream, Tomato

Between The Tortilla: 

  • Hard Shell Tortilla
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomatoes
Synopsis: Go hardshell for the Chicken Tacos.  These won’t blow your mind, but having one midway through a big order is a nice change of pace.

Steamed Vegetables Hard Tacos

Steamed Veggie Taco (Taco King), Broccoli, Black Beans, Lettuce, Cheddar, Sour Cream, Shitake Mushrooms, Carrots

Between The Tortilla: 

  • Hard Shell Tortilla
  • Broccoli
  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Cheddar
  • Sour Cream
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Carrots
Synopsis: Even sans meat, this taco is a personal favorite of mine!

Chili Soft Tacos

Chili Soft Taco 2 (Taco King), Ground Chili, Lettuce, Sour Cream

Between The Tortilla: 

  • Soft Tortilla
  • Ground Beef
  • Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
Synopsis: This is the epitome of a sloppy, slutty taco.  That being said it’s delicious.  Double up on these bad boys!

Jalapeno Quesadilla Supreme (Non-Taco Bonus)

Jalapeno Quesadilla (Taco King), Jalapenos, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Lettuce

Between The Tortilla: 

  • Two Soft Tortillas (it’s a Quesadilla)
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • Lettuce
Synopsis: This is one of my favorite faux-mexican dishes I’ve ever had.  I spent a few misguided years as a vegetarian, and I would order at least one of these bad boys with some steamed tacos at least once a week.
- Taco Slut

Website: http://2.tacokingonline.com/
Twitter: No Tweets, Just Meat
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taco-King/115564335133786

Taco King (West Hempstead)

480 Hempstead Trnpke.
West Hempstead, NY 11552


Calexico Tacos (Greenpoint) – A Tale Of Two Tacos

WhereCalexico, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

What: Gringo Taco, Frijoles Negros Taco

Now, on a previous taco journey, I checked out what Calexico had going on with their Chorizo taco (you can read about that in the link). This time around I had my stomach set on these two, as recommended by a friend.

First up, the Gringo:

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This taco is the oddball on the menu, being the only one to come in a crispy tortilla. It’s a take on the Americanized version of a taco (thus, Gringo): spiced ground beef, pico de gallo, shredded Monterey Jack cheese plus a bit of crema. This doesn’t sound too far off of a taco you might make in your own home. That being said, with such a great selection of tacos on the menu, the Gringo shouldn’t be your first choice. It’s a solid taco, but if you want beef I’d take the Carne Asada.

But here’s the money maker, the Frijoles Negros:

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I know what you may be thinking. “A delicious meatless taco? That’s not possible!” Well friends, it is. Out of all the tacos I’ve eaten at Calexico, this is by far the tastiest. It comes with black beans, great guacamole, roasted tomato salsa, cotija cheese, and a touch of chipotle sauce to round it out. I think everything should come with a bit of cotija cheese, it’s so damn good. If you find yourself at Calexico, you have to get the Frijoles Negros taco.

Until next taco…

Doc Taco

Website: http://www.calexicocart.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/CalexicoNYC
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027032489

Calexico Cart (Greenpoint)

645 Manhattan Ave
(between Bedford Ave & Norman Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



Calexico Tacos (Greenport Brooklyn)

When your friends asks “Wanna get some tacos?”, you must say YES. This was the situation I found myself in last night in Brooklyn. So, with hunger in our bellies and tacos on our minds, we headed over to Calexico in Greenpoint.

I had been there once before, but that was around midnight one Friday for some margaritas and guacamole. Now was the time to dive into their deep taco menu. I wasn’t that intimidated by the choices since I know I’ll be back next week for a friend’s birthday.

Started off with the chorizo tacos. I liked what they had going on with the chunks of roasted potatoes and cotija cheese sauce on top of the sausage. They added a great texture and savory flavor that the Tacos Y Quesadillas chorizo taco lacked. When it comes to chorizo, though, the spice is what matters. This one did have a great bite to it, but if I had to put it up taco-to-taco with Tacos Y Quesadillas’, the taco truck would win.

- Doc Taco

Website: http://www.calexicocart.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/CalexicoNYC
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027032489

Calexico Cart (Greenpoint)

645 Manhattan Ave
(between Bedford Ave & Norman Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



Tacos & Quesadilla Taco Truck (Manhattan)

Witness: Chorizo taco, all the toppings, salsa verde. Just one bite and you get that perfect chorizo spiciness that could only come from a taco truck. Which one? Tacos Y Quesadillas on 59th & Columbus. I’ve sampled most of the tacos on the menu, the chorizo reigns supreme. Know it. Eat it. Love it.

- Doc Taco

Website: We don’t need no stinking website
Twitter: No Tweet, Just Meat (Chorizo at it’s Best)
Facebook: Nope

Tacos Y Quesadilla

924 9th Ave.
(between 58th St. & Columbus Ave.)
Manhattan, NY 10019


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