Instead of heading out for Wednesday Friendsday, this week we decided to have dinner on Tuesday night – or as I like to call it, Tuesday Boozeday. Â We thought the perfect way to start off the week was with some Mexican and drinks (or in my case, a strong glass of H2O as I’m fighting a cold). Â
The UES gang and I headed over to Taco Taco on 2nd Ave between 89th and 90th. Â While I was a little annoyed that our table was not ready when we walked in – despite making reservations for the six of us – the problem was quickly resolved and we received some great service throughout the night. Â
Taco Taco has a great date ambiance, and is also perfect for an intimate gathering with friends. Â Dim lighting, little flowers on the table, without the typical cheesy Mexican feel – no sombreros or multicolored blankets. Â The waiters give you time to relax and enjoy yourself, which I wasn’t really used to because I am impatient and like seeing menus, but it turned out to be a nice change of pace. Â They started us out with our drinks, where several of my friends sampled margaritas and sangria, and asked if we’d like some guac. Â The guac was prepared table side and we ordered it medium spicy. Â The guac was the perfect level of spiciness for our table, with bit of jalapeno tossed in there. Â Still, I needed a few chips to calm my mouth after eating it.
I ordered the shredded beef burro grande, essentially a burrito with lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and rice and beans. Â The burrito to me was just okay – I ended up with a few mouthfuls of fatty beef which made me cringe, and for some reason, potatoes ended up in my burrito too. Â A choice on the menu was chorizo and potato burrito, so I’m not sure if the stations were close together or what, but I found it odd that got mixed in there. Â It wasn’t a good find like when you find an onion ring in the middle of a medium french fries at Burger King. Â It was just odd. Â I also wished the burrito was a little cheesier and not so heavy on the lettuce. Â Since the lettuce was baked in the burrito, it wasn’t as refreshing as if it were on the side – same went for the pico de gallo. Others at my table got a chicken burrito which was described as just okay, enchiladas (which were enjoyed), mushroom quesadilla (which was discussed as disappointing), a steak burrito (no complaints) and fish tacos (which to me looked the best and is the accompanying photo – thank you Joe Burridge).
From a price perspective, Taco Taco wasn’t that cheap. Â Burritos were about $12 but most entrees ranged at the 15-20 range. Â Drinks, guac and entrees, set everyone back about $30.
My experience on the UES with Mexican has left me with these three conclusions -Â
- If I want good food, I’ll go to Blockheads
- If I want good ambiance, I’ll go to Taco Taco
- If I’m broke and want a good deal, I’ll go to Fresh Tortilla