We do a lot of complaining about NYC's Mexican food. We can cry all day long, but nothing's gonna change. NYC has gourmet Mexican covered, we don't need anymore El Toro Blancos serving three tacos for $16 and margaritas that cost double digits. What we need are taquerias on every corner like pizza joints. However, the reality is, selling tacos for $3 a pop isn't a sustainable business model in Manhattan. That's just fact.
Instead of taquerias on every corner, our city has bodegas. Bodegas we usually won't consider buying much more than a bottle of water and box of cereal from. Unless, of course, they're of the Mexican variety. I lived in the East Village for five years before realizing Zaragoza was more than just a dirty looking deli. I walked by every day, without even considering entry. Don't always judge a book by its cover. Zaragoza is an excellent place for a quick Taco Fix in the East Village. Although eating in is an option, this should only be thought of as a Serious Take-Out Operation.
Each day brings new taco options at Zaragoza, but you can always count on Chipotle Chicken and Pulled Pork. In addition, they get crazy with Ground Chorizo, Potato, Goat, and and all kinds of beef, one of our favorites being the Beef Tongue. The small tacos (there is also a jumbo taco option) are double wrapped in tortillas and overflowing with the meat of your choice. These are three biters, sometimes four, and for $2.50, that's a pretty good deal. Two tacos, a flauta (more on that below) and a Mexican Coke makes for a tasty, quick and delicious dinner.
Your choice of meat wrapped in a warm tortilla with beans, lettuce, tomato, pico de gallo, and sourcream. This is the kind of big ass burrito we can get down with.Flautas
This could very well be our favorite thing here. The chicken flautas are awesome. Every once in a while they come out a little soggy, but even so, the flavor is perfect. Definitely get at least one of these. They're $1.50, you can afford it.