When I told Mel from The Adventures of Miss Piggy I was going to New York she insisted I put Tacombi on my “must eat list”. She said it was one of her favourite places in New York and after reading her review it went straight to the top of my list.
Who can say no to trying delicious tacos?
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita serves mexican street food in a converted mechanics garage.
In the centre of the polished concrete floors is a converted Kombi Van with a chef cooking tacos ready for hungry diners.
I mean, how cool can you get?
We were seated right away and studied the short menu while nibbling on some excellent chips and simple guacamole.
Guacamole Con Totopos ($6.90, $11.49)
The garage has been left pretty industrial and I loved how the fittings matched the simple vibe – think exposed metal shelves, spray painted signs for Mexican drinks, fairy lights strung across the room, cans and stock left in crates on the ground, etc.
It’s the ease of a hipster bar that’s not even trying to be cool. I don’t even think they realise how overly trendy some would replicated this style in Sydney and then charge a gazillion per taco.
After a short wait, our tacos came out all at once. We ordered two different types of tacos each. The staff recommend three tacos per person, but we were scared of American portion sizes by this point in the trip.
Beef Picadillo – $3.67
Mr Sticky’s choice of beef taco was enjoyable, but messy. The tacos come with two tortillas, although we found it tricky to transfer the fillings to the second taco and ended up just enhaling without abandon.
When I read Miss Piggy’s post I knew I had to try this taco! Crispy, delicious pork with a fresh pineapple salsa. It’s a house favourite and I found it was all that and more.
Al Pastor De Puerco – $4.14
Mr Sticky’s second choice was a quesadilla and truth be told he didn’t love it. I think it was just not an exciting choice.
Alambre Del Rey (beef and bacon) – $5.98
My final choice was a breakfast taco. C’mon, breakfast AND a taco – it’s a match made in some kind of heaven.
Another house favourite, it was voted Best Breakfast Taco by New York Magazine. I found it worthy of the title, with typical breakfast fare of scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, potatoes, avocado, spicy sauce on a flour tortilla.
Huevos Con Chorizo - $4.14
If you are in New York, take Miss Piggy’s advice (and mine!) and check out Tacombi in NoLita.
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita
267 Elizabeth Street, New York
Open Sun-Wed 11am-12am and Thurs-Sat till 1am.
No reservations, walk in only.