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When you are celebrating Taco Tuesday: The Taco Shop
Did someone say tacos? The taco shop is situated a few blocks west of campus. It serves authentic Mexican tacos with delicious margaritas and ice cold Coronas.
What to order: the fish taco. These have a crunchy batter and come with chipotle slaw. If you cannot decide, order the chef’s platter so you get to try everything.
NBC Latino Chef Spotlight
"Dudley Nieto grew up in Puebla, Mexico. His father – who grew up in Spain – was a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen, which provided Nieto a “strong sense of pride, knowing men could be great cooks.” At 21 years old, Nieto intended to study medicine but decided to pursue culinary school instead. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Nieto brought his Mexican palate and classic French technique to kitchens in the Chicago area. He’s opened countless restaurants, from Adobo Grill and Chapuline in Chicago to Bar Taco, Rosa Mexicano-Lincoln Center and Dos Caminos Park Avenue in New York City, finally returning home to the Midwest last year where under his guidance, new eatery Mezcalina has recently earned the distinction of being named one of 23 “Authentic Mexican Restaurants” by the Mexican government."
Caskey Eats review
"I give my gold star of this meal to the grilled corn. I actually didn't order it at first and after the waiter left to put my order in, I realized I was in the mood for it. I am so glad I did, because this side was the highlight of the meal. To start with, it's a great value at $2.50 for a whole ear of corn and they don't skimp at all. It's prepared pretty traditionally if you've gotten Mexican grilled corn before. It was charred just a little on the grill (I could have gone for more charring, but it's a minor complaint) and covered in seasoned mayo dressing and then rolled generously in spiced cotija cheese. They didn't skimp on the cheese and it was creamy and decadent."
Atlantic Kitchen feature article on The Taco Shop
"Tucked away in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, The Taco Shop, a new bar and restaurant, is making waves, but more importantly, it’s making authentic Mexican street food. Since opening in 2012, Jimmy, Natalie and Alex Sanz, along with chef Dudley Nieto, have worked to sling out genuine Mexican fare. In an interview with NBC Latino, Nieto explained that he wants to expose American foodies to tacos that are even better than their Mexican street cart counterparts."
NYC Food and Travel write-up
"The basement space is small but cozy, and the simple chalkboard wall menu makes for easy ordering after a few killer margaritas. I mean, there’s only two categories: 'Tacos,' and 'Not Tacos.'"
Taco Shop's Mango Margarita featured on Metro's shortlist
Now Trending: Mango Drinks
Margaritas are a staple drink to combine with Mexican food. However, Taco Shop’s mango flavored margarita takes things a step further by mixing Herradura tequila, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed lime juice and mango infusion with a fine pastry extraction. The drink is topped off with a classic salt rim; a perfect addition to one of the Taco Shop’s nine different types of tacos. Can’t decide which one floats your boat? Try three different tacos plus a mango margarita or beer for $12, Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Taco Rally for a good cause: NYC org raises funds for Mexican-American Student Alliance
City Restaurants Participate In Taco Rally
How an immigrant built a restaurant empire in NYC
At 75, Sanz is founder and owner of six NYC restaurants – Tio Pepe, Las Ramblas, The Taco Shop, Burrito Loco, Da Rosina and Casa Pepe – the first four of which are neighbors on West 4th Street. He considers the West Village his home now for the past 55 years. That wasn’t always the case though.