I am a complete sucker for late night food. It doesn’t matter if I wasn’t the slightest bit hungry before or if I just had a late dinner. Once the clock strikes midnight, I’m ready to stuff my face. My go-to late night eats are pizza (of course) or some Pommes Frites, which is why I was totally stepping out of my comfort zone when I hit up Taquitoria one evening.
Now this same Saturday night was probably one of my most “New York” nights I’ve had so far. I went with a couple of friends to have dinner at Veselka, an Eastern European restaurant, after which we hit up Blind Barber, a speakeasy behind a barber shop, then KGB Bar, a Soviet-Union themed bar, and then No Fun on the Lower Eastside. Only in New York City can you have that much diversity, right?
While waiting in line at No Fun (which actually turned out to be a lot of fun…har har), I saw Taquitoria across the street. Once again, I had another one of those moments where I had heard of a place before but never knew exactly where it was, and lo behold it happened to show up right when I needed it.
After dancing for a bit, I dragged my friends to Taquitoria, since I couldn’t pass up the chance to eat there when it was so close. The menu is simple enough; you pick how many taquitos you want (3 or 5), what kind of filling (beef, chicken, pork, or beans), and what “style” (classic or cheesy). The chicken seemed to the “most special” option, so I went with that. It’s Bell & Evans chicken, which they noted is braised in a bloody mix called Batch22 by Marc Forgione (yes, the Iron Chef!). Okay, maybe it was just the “most special” to me because it had a little asterisk next to it and then a note at the bottom of the menu about Marc Forgione but none of the other options did okay!!
Surprise surprise, I got the taquitos cheesy style, which meant getting them topped with nacho cheese, sour cream, and pickled jalapeño relish. The taquitos were fresh, warm, and super crunchy and I loved the jalapeño relish. They also came with some great hot sauce for dipping.
Now for a confession. I’m one of those people that RARELY regrets their order choice at a restaurant. I always scan the entire menu and pick something that seems like a standout winner to me. My boyfriend, on the other hand, will so frequently order whatever catches his eye at the latest possible minute when the waiter is staring at him, waiting for him to make a choice. There’s been times when I’ve asked him why he ordered what he did, and he’ll say that he “didn’t know” and that he was “under pressure.” Sigh. The point of this little segue is that, I actually regretted my order at Taquitoria. I should’ve gotten the taquitos classic style. My friend did and was kind enough to share, and it made me wish I had gone that route too. For reference, classic style comes with guac sauce, shredded lettuce, and cojita cheese. Don’t get me wrong. My taquitos were delicious and definitely hit the spot, but my friends’ taquitos just seemed like the all around better picture to me and hit the spot a littttle bit more.
Heck, you could always screw the choices and just order all the toppings. I’m sure you’ll love the taquitos no matter what, and ESPECIALLY after a night out at the nearby No Fun or Pianos.
Three taquitos with Bell & Evan’s chicken, cheesy style
168 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002