Los Tacos No.1

Restaurants, Mexican Chelsea
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Los Tacos No.1
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Three California transplants dole out casual Mexican eats (tacos, quesadillas) and homemade aguas frescas at a colorful Chelsea Market stand, decked out with hand-painted signs.


Venue name: Los Tacos No.1
Address: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave
Cross street: between 15th and 16th Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-8pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average main course: $9. Disc, MC, V
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Mary F

Totally agree.  This place is the bomb.  You have to have an Adobada Taco and also some of the drinks too.


More than one friend has said - these are the best tacos in NYC. I tend to agree. The only thing missing is a place to sit down, but the chaos and pushiness of fellow starving taco lovers somehow ads to the street-food excitement. Nothing beats a handmade tortilla. Los Tacos No. 1 has become our benchmark when trying new taco spots in the city. You can't beat 'em!

Dorian G

The best taco's I've ever had - The adobada tacos and steak tacos are ridiculous - can't describe - you just have to go - and don't expect a seat there ...there aren't any!

Christa Sully

Is there anything Questlove can do wrong? The answer is no. Case and point: tacos. Seriously? How does one even get into the taco game. I actually don't even care about the answer to that question, because whatever he's doing, it's working.

All of the tacos are on point and I usually go for the corn tortillas with everything on it. You can even watch the tortillas being pressed fresh on site. Get chips and guac too. 

The line is usually long, but it moves fast, and you can't get better cheap eats anywhere in the area. 

Now take your delicious tacos and go find a spot on the High Line to eat them.

Amy I

Some of the greatest bites I've ever had in my life. After many recommendations, I decided to check out Los Tacos No. 1. I've only ever been to fake "Mexican" food knockoff places, so I never thought I would like Mexican food. I was so wrong. It was now time for authentic Mexican food, and what better place to do it than where most food can be ordered for under $5? I ordered a Carne Asada tostada. This must've been the fastest I've ever been given food after I ordered. And the tostada had everything one could ever have wanted. Come here. You won't be disappointed.

Peter Y

Los Tacos No. 1 is indeed number 1 in my heart. Located in Chelsea Market, this no frills taco stand does its job efficiently and well. While the menu may mirror any other Mexican place (think adobada, carne asada, nopal, etc...), the various taco toppings, ranging from fries to guacamole, propels this to the top. Every taco is also extremely tasteful and juicy, and can be further enhanced by their selection of free sauces. Their salsa verde is literally crack. Come here ASAP if you haven't already. 


Authenticity is what Los Tacos takes seriously and it shines through in the flavors of their taco meats, salsas and fillings.  Their legendary shells have a unique richness because of the addition of lard so if you like the soft, chewy texture and don't mind the extra calories, you're in for a treat.

Jordan F

This place is truly authentic. Thankfully I am by chelsea market often, so I am able to get a taste whenever I want. Highly recommended for anyone who likes great Mexican. I go for the carne asada quesadilla and chips and salsa. It's the perfect meal under $10! 


I was born and raised in a town close to Tijuana in Mexico, and I know these tacos are 100% mexican; this is the real experience you get when you cross the border to Baja (except for the charcoal grill). For Adobada (pork) use corn tortillas, for Carne Asada (steak) order a flour tortilla quesadilla. Sometimes they do have grilled jalapeños and scallions, ask for some of them to the guys serving the tacos.