08/19/14 4:19pm
blind barber tacos

Mmmmm…tacos… via Twitter

It doesn’t matter what season it is summer, fall or even fummer (summer + fall) when cheap tacos come calling we come in droves. Blind Barber (524 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg) the barbershop that happens to have a cafe/bar in the front will be having $2 Taco Tuesday starting tonight. (more…)

sunset park

Go up Sunset Park’s hill a bit and play ball with all the locals, while they still exist. Photo by Dave Rosado

Following through on his campaign promise to do so, Mayor de Blasio is ready to funnel $100 million into some heavy duty development in Sunset Park, planned for the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Industry City and Liberty View Plaza which includes high-budget sequels to DUMBO and the Chelsea Market.

Affectionately known at one point as Gunset Park by those who grew up there (like me), and slapped by those who lived in neighboring sections of Brooklyn with the derogatory moniker Gunset Park, it’s is still a place where you can get some of New York’s best bahn mi and tacos, and where you can enjoy an amazing view of Manhattan from the highest point in Brooklyn, in the actual park itself. Sunset Park is, for now, still known as an affordable place that’s just barely resisted the fast moving gentrification of Murray Hill East, Park Slope and countless other neighborhoods. Now though? It’s on the fast track.

In case you haven’t visited Sunset Park before, might I suggest you do so now, while it’s still in its twilight days? This way, when the transformation to Sunset Park 2.0 is complete and nobody will be able to afford to live there anymore, you can at least say that you saw it before the change over to yet another place people write stupid hacky lazy hipster-related jokes about. Make sure to hit up some of these old local favorites now, before they’re bulldozed to make room for luxury housing. (more…)

07/08/13 8:00am
What are you going to do with these people? Via Flickr's Robotpolisher.

What are you going to do with these people? Via Flickr’s Robotpolisher.

‘Tis the season for jorts, drunkenly re-installing a window unit (advice: no) and — eep — parent visits. Assuming your M &/or D have a few New York trips under his or her belt, it’s time to mix it up from the Met-High Line-Grimaldi’s trifecta. Continue to impress your parents or at least give them reason to act impressed by taking any of our suggestions come their next pilgrimage. Make them proud by showing off your savvy, budget-conscious tour of the city, and maybe you’ll impress them enough they’ll buy you a real meal in a sit-down restaurant for once. (more…)

Matomoros tacos. Photo by Vallen Leigh

Tacos Matamoros. Photo by Vallen Leigh

Que onda guero!  You ready to talk tacos? It appears that you’re already well-versed in the finest tacos of Bushwick, but everyone will eventually be priced out of north Brooklyn and end up in Sunset Park. It’s cool though, because Sunset Park is pretty awesome. It’s filled with tacos and tortas and tres leches and one of the coolest little parks in the city (dumplings too, but that’s another story). Being from Southern California, I have eaten many, many tacos. So for educational purposes, I went down to Sunset Park’s taco town to judge all the tacos against one another. Twelve tacos enter, one (eh, two) win! (more…)

05/02/13 11:34am
Hello old friend

Hello old friend

Now that we’re all ready to go for the summer, it’s time to start planning trips to the Rockaways. No, not to look hip and disaffected for fashion, but to enjoy the beach and support the local economy. And joy of joys, the Rockaway Taco countdown clock is showing less than 24 hours until they’re back to slinging tacos to the masses. Field trip! (more…)

04/03/13 10:33am
Drooling on the keyboard oh god this picture was a mistake

Drooling on the keyboard oh god this picture was a mistake

No matter how many successful locations your local franchise has, you’re not a success until you’ve opened one in Brooklyn. That’s our philosophy anyway. And apparently the philosophy of the two brothers behind Dos Toros taqueria, because they’re so excited about opening a Williamsburg location that they’re practically giving their food away. Scrounge up the change in your couch cushions, because if you find 100 pennies, you can get yourself an entire burrito! (more…)

01/09/13 2:01pm
It's good. via Facebook

It’s good. via Facebook

Tacos are an amazing, wondrous creation. They’re small enough to tide you over as a snack with just one, but have a couple more and you’ve suddenly had yourself a decent meal. Really, the only downside to getting tacos is having to pay for tacos. And while we can’t help you get free ones right now, we can at least help you pay less for tacos, by directing your attention to this Oaxaca Taco Groupon, obviously sent here from Heaven itself. (more…)

10/26/12 7:51am

Send us an Angel to steal us a taco. via MLB

If case you weren’t watching Game 2 of the World Series last night, you missed a taut pitcher’s duel that put the San Francisco Giants two wins away from their second championship in three years. You also missed centerfielder (and former Met) Angel Pagan stealing second base, which triggered Taco Bell’s “Steal a taco” promotion, in which a stolen base in the World Series  won every American man, woman and child a free Doritos Locos Taco, to be given away next Tuesday, October 30 between 2pm and 6pm. (more…)

Bushwick has a lot of freaking tacos. In my search for the ultimate, thought I’d find a few places, like maybe five, and then write up the best. But then it turned into seven, and then 10, and then every block I was stopping into another taco place. There were so many tacos eaten that my clothes stopped fitting. I figured I was pregnant. Which would have been a total bummer. But nope, it’s just that I ate so many damn tacos. Here, the highlights in my journey of 6,253 calories.

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07/26/12 3:18pm

Brooklyn Taco’s Guac Taco is best when enjoyed on a vintage bicycle seat. Photo via New York Magazine.

Tacos, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. You can be bought for pocket change, you’re beloved by meat eaters and vegetarians alike, perfect at parties, small enough to snack on but big enough to make a meal of, endlessly varied, best when served with beer… that’s at least 33 reasons, which, as it happens, is the number of taco joints in Grub Street’s roundup of knockout New York tacos. Brooklyn makes a strong showing, accounting for 13 of the “tortilla triumphs” on the list, which range from old-timers to brisket and spicy tuna takes. Then there’s Whirlybird’s potato-chip-topped egg and stewed vegetable breakfast taco (# 33), which defies genre altogether. After the jump, all the Brooklyn places that made Grub Street’s top tacos list, plus menu picks from Grub Street editors. How did they do? Did NYMag’s salsa sleuths track down the best in Brooklyn, or did they miss your favorite taco truck / stand / restaurant / dealer?  (more…)