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6 Essential Tacos You Should Know About

All you need is $20 and a dream.

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Some people think you can't find good tacos in New York. Those people haven't been to Jackson Heights.

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A neighborhood in Queens, Jackson Heights is home to a diverse array of flavors. It's not unusual to see a quesadilla cart parked outside of a Tibetan dumpling joint. There are so many excellent things to eat here, but today you are on the TACO PATH.

And by taco path, I mean Roosevelt Avenue where you will find a straight shot of stands, trucks and restaurants all offering that beautiful thing we call tacos.


Take the 7 train to 74th Street-Broadway/Roosevelt Av. From Manhattan, connect to the 7 at Grand Central from the 4, 5, 6 at Grand Central, the B, F, M, D at Bryant Park and at Time Square-42nd Street. From Brooklyn, take the G to Court Square.

If you don't want to take my word for it, plan your own route here.

YOU'RE HERE! Welcome! Are you ready? Let's go.

Take out $20. This will cover all your tacos. There is a Chase Bank on 75th and Roosevelt. Citi Bank is on 81st and Roosevelt. Bank of America is on 82nd Street. Just, FYI.

Money saving tip: bring a re-usable water bottle! A plastic bottle will cost you $1. Save that single for another taco (or maybe dessert?).

Taqueria Coatzingo

Brittany Bennett

76-05 Roosevelt Avenue

You have the choice to stay or take out, but if you stay you get to sit at lime green tables. Tacos will run you $2, unless you're an expensive date and choose shrimp which will cost $4. Enjoy everything from Carnitas to Lengua Al Vapor (steamed tongue).

Bill breakdown: $2 a taco, $4 a shrimp taco

Open 9AM-1:30AM, 7 days a week


La Esquina Del Camaron Mexicano

80-02 Roosevelt Ave

The counter is snugged in the back of a corner bodega and seating is limited. Walk down the aisle of dishwasher detergent and chips to find your new favorite fish taco. There are only pesce tacos on the menu and limited options (fried, grilled, octopus). But you can't go wrong. There are two options for hot sauce: hot and hotter.

Bill breakdown: $7, total. Including two tacos and a bottle of water.

Open 11:30AM-3:30PM, Saturday and Sunday

Taco Veloz

Brittany Bennett

86-10 Roosevelt Ave

Prepare to line up at this stand. There is no seating here but there is counter space to nosh on your noms. If you're vegetarian ask for a taco without meat. Otherwise, order from a menu that spans from carne enchilada to lengua.

Bill breakdown: $2.50 a taco.

Open 24/7

Tacos Al Suadero

87-21 Roosevelt Ave

The hardest decision you'll have to make is between the red or green sauce. That's easy to solve by just asking for both. There's plenty of seating and taco fillings range from chivo (goat) to oreja (pork ear) to pollo. If you're in the mood for breakfast, order the huevos rancheros.

Bill breakdown: $2.50 a taco, $7 for huevos rancheros

La Tia Julia Taco Truck

Brittany Bennett

Roosevelt Ave and Benham St

Order at the truck, anticipate a line, and either stand around eating or pull up one of the available foldable chairs and eat from your lap. People visit this truck all the way from Long Island and Connecticut, so it's DEFINITELY worth a visit. And while this is a taco crawl, the tortas this truck whips up are worthy of a detour from the plan.

Bill breakdown: $2.50 a taco

Open 11AM-8PM

Tortas Neza/Juan Bar

Brittany Bennett

96-15 D Roosevelt Ave

This is a blink and you'll miss it kind of stand. If you're at the hair salon, you've gone too far. Re-trace a few footsteps and look for "Juan Bar." You're there. Time to eat another taco.

Bill breakdown: $2.50 a taco

Open 12PM-3AM, 7 days a week

~Many other taco carts dot Roosevelt Avenue, so if you see something you like and you're not yet full, order up!~