The South Street Seaport is generally not a sit down, let's spend a lot of time eating a meal type of destination. It's the kind of area where Quick Eats are the name of the game. The best place to do it? El Luchador. A super cool little taqueria, and the Seaport's best kept secret.
Unless you've seen it with your own eyes, you'd have no clue El Luchador exists, since it's posted up on the westernmost tip of South Street, steps from the water. We didn't know about it till a friend who worked in the area tipped us off, and now it's our number one suggestion in Text Rex whenever anyone asks where they should eat at by the Seaport.
The fish tacos are excellent, and the full roster of tacos will do more than get the job done. This place reminds us of a simpler version of Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, complete with a retro Airstream on the property that has a couple tables to sit at. There's also a sweet little outdoor courtyard area decorated with string lights.
Get El Luchador on the radar. In an area like The Seaport that doesn't have a lot of great dining options, this place is a gold mine.
Smooth yet chunky, but lacking in any kind of kind of spice, the Luchador guac will get the job done, but won't light your avocado world on fire.
Best item on the menu. When you come to El Luchador, you should order the fried fish tacos. They're delicate and airy and delicious. There aren't a lot of good fish tacos in the city, and Luchador surprisingly does them extremely well.
Large helpings of spicy meat, we were pleasantly surprised with the overall quality of the tacos here.
We've now had two different burritos at El Luch and they've both been a let down. Too much tortilla, not enough flavor, not enough meat + beans + sauce coming together in sweet harmony. Stick with the tacos.