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North East Manhattan Taco Tour
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North East Manhattan Taco Tour

On April 18th, Emily from Mouth Of The Border and J.D. from Citizen Taco met yours truly at my favorite Harlem Taco Establishment El Aguila and started eating.

We each tried twelve (count ’em – 12) tacos from three separate establishments above 80th Street and east of Fifth Avenue. I was going to call it the “East Harlem Taco Tour,” but Cascabel is solidly entrenched in its UES-ness, from the location to the decor to the frilly, expensive tacos (and if you wanted to try the one J.D. was taking about in the video, it’s here: Tulcingo Del Valle).

El Aguila came out victorious, but received a bit of a fight from the Chorizo Taco at El Paso and the Fish Taco at Cascabel. I don’t know too much about tacos, but I’ve never had a bad one at El Aguila. It’s one of my favorite places to show people in the city when they come here. Of course, I’m the mayor.

The Locations:

El Aguila
136 East 116th Street
New York, NY 10029
Telephone? We don’t need no stinkin’ telephone!

El Paso Taqueria
237 E 116th St
New York, NY 10029
(212) 860-4875

Cascabel Taqueria
1542 2nd Avenue (at 80th)
New York, NY 10075
(212) 717-7800‎

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  • jake October 12, 2010, 11:03 pm

    You bastard! Here I am innocently clicking a link to see what NYC tacos look like.

    Go figure, they look close enough the the TX/CA versions, that I am now salivating. This is of course after I click on this the very night I decided to stay in and eat leftovers vs. going and grabbing Mexican.

    Veggie tacos are ALWAYS lackluster unless you are either:
    1. Down with eggs
    2. Get lucky and find yourself at a place that does deep fried avocado, veggie chorizo or cactus(a.k.a. napales)
    3. Are in the presence of salsa greatness

    • Hagan October 12, 2010, 11:29 pm

      That salsa up there at El Aguila is pretty strong, but they wouldn’t be caught dead serving vegetarian tacos.