Portable, convenient, and filling, breakfast tacos are in many ways the perfect food. Which is why it’s exciting that a bunch of NYC restaurants are serving phenomenal flour or corn tortillas filled with eggs, cheese, potatoes, and bacon or breakfast right now. So if you’re looking for a new handheld meal good enough to make you shed a tear of joy before 10am, here are five new places where you can find them.
In May, the team behind ham specialists & Sons opened a breakfast taco spot just a few doors down from their ham bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Mockingbird is a tiny takeout window with just four taco options on its menu - each one costs $6 and an order of two makes for a solid meal. Prioritize the bacon, egg, and cheese option that comes with two slabs of extra crispy pork, rich cheddar, and a soft flour tortilla. And since this popular neighborhood spot is open from 7am till everything sells out, we suggest getting here early and enjoying everything at one of their picnic tables out front.
Walking into Yellow Rose on a weekend morning is the closest you’ll get in NYC to the feeling of pulling over at a pit stop in Texas. Before you receive your orange tray of excellent breakfast tacos, you’ll hear Willie Nelson playing through the speakers, spot a poster of Dolly Parton glamorously overseeing business from above, and notice the bags of stone-ground grits and heirloom beans on a shelf in front of a saloon-style swinging door. In addition to options like smoked bacon and egg, bean and cheese, or carne guisada tacos on fresh flour tortillas, Yellow Rose serves a rotating menu of glazed and sugar-covered doughnuts for breakfast on weekends, all of which rank among the best we’ve eaten as of late.
King David Tacos
You can get King David tacos at a number of carts across Brooklyn and Manhattan (Madison Square Park, just outside Prospect Park, or in FiDi), along with an ever-growing number of coffee shops. But their first brick-and-mortar in Prospect Heights has a slightly more expanded menu. Along with all of their classic breakfast tacos, you’ll find a few all-day tacos and some really tangy queso here, which you should order with chorizo. The two new tacos - the Cowboy (steak, potato, eggs, and cheddar) and the Pollo Verde (shredded chicken, verde migas, and white cheddar cheese) - taste like meaty love letters to on-the-go eating, and should always be accompanied with a Topo Chico or iced horchata.
The Blue Light Speak Cheesy
This Greenpoint brunch pop-up offers “double decker” breakfast tacos on Tuesdays between 9am-1pm at Getaway. And just in case you haven’t been to Taco Bell in a while, know that “double decker” just means you get a crunchy taco shell wrapped in a flour tortilla with some refried black beans in the middle to hold the two together. Blue Light serves a vegetarian take on this Taco Bell classic, involving scrambled eggs, avocado, soyrizo, and green salsa. But these creamy, crunchy breakfast tacos can also be made vegan upon request.
At its second location in Brooklyn, Chilo’s serves the same excellent fish tacos, frozen margaritas, and massive tortas outside. But you should also come here for breakfast tacos on weekend mornings. The rotating menu posted on a sheet of paper outside of their taco truck usually involves a few chicken, chorizo, and potato options topped with scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa on corn tortillas. Any two is more than enough food for a single person, but if you decide to order more, know that you can always walk around Greeenwood Cemetery right across the street after you meal until the bloating subsides.