A list of ten "commandments" lays down the law at this casual, 36-seat taqueria, an outpost of Taqueria Downtown in Jersey City. No pillow-size burritos, no menus with history lessons, and no mini tacos, mini chimis or mini anything else. As at the Garden State original, what you will find is a homestyle Mexican menu of tacos, tamales, flautas, tortas and entrées, including chuletas verde (pork chops in green salsa) and cecina (salt-cured flank steak with chilaquiles). The same no-nonsense formula also applies to margaritas. They're offered four ways: ice or no ice, and with or without salt (no frozen blends, no strawberry-kiwi concoctions). Colorful Christmas lights are strung through the space, which is divided between rustic Mexican art—an Aztec calendar, a painting of a tortilla maker—on one wall and '70s memorabilia—Charlie's Angels posters and Ozzy Osbourne album covers—on the other.
|Venue name:||Taqueria Lower East Side (CLOSED)||Contact:|
198 Orchard St
|Cross street:||between E Houston and Stanton Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $8. MC, V|
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Average User Rating
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I LOVE Taqueria. It’s my go-to spot for Sunday hangover grub. I was extremely discouraged to hear that the owners lost their perfect LES location to unfortunate real estate development plans in the area as it’s character was a perfect fit for the funky downtown neighborhood. I’m happy to hear they’ve found a new home near St. Mark’s, but the situation makes me leery that LES is following in the footsteps of other formerly great Manhattan neighborhoods and losing its inherent charm and quirkiness. Anyway, Taqueria offers up wonderful chicken flautas and carnitas tacos. The chorizo quesadilla is another great option. I will follow them to the ends of the earth.