You can take a girl out of Texas, but you can’t take away her love of tacos. I am constantly on the search for great tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and the like because Mexican food is, and always will be, one of my comfort foods. This deep love of all things wrapped up/made with tortillas brought me to Dorado Tacos.
I feel pretty knowledgeable about the food options around Union Square, since I’ve spent my time exploring the area during my lunch breaks, but for whatever reason, I don’t wander down University Place nearly as much as other streets in the neighborhood. One day, I realized that there was a taco place down there that I had walked by numerous times but hadn’t tried yet–really a misstep for a taco lover such as I.
Dorado Tacos is small, but there is some table and counter seating. If it happens to be packed, just take your food to the nearby park like I did. The menu is simple–do you want a taco, quesadilla, a salad, or a soup? The options for tacos and quesadillas are fairly similar with a couple variations. You’ll find things like grilled mahi mahi, beer battered chipotle shrimp, chorizo, steak, grilled chicken, spicy portabella mushrooms, and grilled zucchini and red peppers. I was having a tough time deciding if I wanted tacos or a quesadilla, so what did I do? Say it with me now: I got both!! One Baja original taco and one ground pork chorizo quesadilla for me please!
The taco was beer-battered Atlantic whitefish in corn tortillas with cabbage, cream, pickled onions, and salsa fresca. The quesadilla was a 12-inch flour tortilla with chorizo, three cheeses, and salsa (I could’ve swapped out the salsa for sour cream). It was a little tricky eating the chorizo quesadilla in the park, trying not get the juices all over me, and the taco was it’s own challenge of me trying to not have all the filling spill out at once (look at the ratio of that piece of fish to the tortillas!). But really, both are just minor speed bumps when eating yummy Mexican food. It was a super filling lunch and I had enough for a leftover snack later on in the day.
Everything is reasonably priced with tacos being around $3 to $3.50 each and quesadillas priced at around $7. For a quick and satisfying lunch, you could do worse than a meal at Dorado Tacos.
Grilled pork chorizo quesadilla, Baja original taco
28 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003