Friday, March 4, 2011

Adios Taco Tuesday

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Taco Tuesdays are for the birds! After trying Dos Toros in Union Square, Foodies in NYC is taking a stand to invoke Taco Wednesday, Taco Thursday, Taco Friday and…well, you get the idea! Anyone who’s been to Cali knows that tacos are their “thing” and are very hard to imitate on the East Coast. It’s like how bagels and pizza are here – why can’t Cali make good pizza? So instead of travelling 3000 miles across the US of A, we decided to try Dos Toros in Union Square owned by two San Franciscans (or is it San Franciscoans) Leo and Oliver Kremer – yes, they’re brothers too!
Don't mind if we do!

So on a blistery cold and blizzard-y January night, Foodies in NYC ventured out in the ice storm to Union Square (ok, it wasn’t that dramatic – we just had to take the 4/5 downtown) to warm up with a pre-dinner bevy at Vintage with a fellow Foodie and Union Square local Rob, followed by some hot new Mexican food. The line was practically out the door and we had to throw some ‘bows to get a table, but we did it! And it was worth it!

Anne’s pork quesadilla won, hands down! It was warm flavorful pork wrapped conveniently in a soft and grilled tortilla. But our order envy didn’t go too far after we bit into our chicken plato (a burrito without the tortilla) and chicken and pork tacos. The meat actually had (gasp!) flavor and wasn’t loaded with condiments and hidden behind walls of sour cream so we were actually able to taste it! Hint, hint, Chipotle. To wash the meal down, we sipped on some Red Stripes and then somehow wandered into Chocolate by the Bald Man for some espressos and a peanut butter chunky chocolate crepe.

So for a taste of Cali right in your hood, Dos Toros is as close as it gets to the quaint but delicious taquerias of the west. Proving, yet again, NYC is the mecca for ALL types of cuisines!

Dos Toros Taqueria
137 4th Avenue
New York, NY, 10003
(212) 677-7300

Vintage Irving
120 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-6300

Max Brenner
841 Broadway (14th street/Union Square)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0030