Taco-bout Tasty Tacos in New York City

The OpenTable Team

From Broadway to Central Park, New York City has an unrivaled number of attractions. When it comes to food, many may think of pastrami on rye, New York-style pizza or bagels. But thanks to a burgeoning Mexican food scene, Central American restaurants and food trucks have opened from Brooklyn to Harlem. New York’s farm-to-table scene has embraced the taco, as have the tasting menus at many upscale restaurants. Discover a BLT in a tortilla in Midtown, West Village surf and turf tacos and even Brooklyn rooftop bars serving crispy duck tacos to share. But where can tortilla lovers find the best tacos in New York? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Our team of experts has trawled taquerias and cafes, fine-dining establishments and neighborhood favorites to find the tastiest tacos in town. From carne asada to crispy codfish, we've found the best tacos with that New York flair. Pick a favorite and book a table today.

Restaurants:Cosme, Empellon Midtown, Kappo Masa
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Mexican, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Gramercy / Flatiron, Midtown East, Upper East Side

Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,954 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Cosme allegedly makes 7,000 tortillas every day- unsurprising seeing as it’s widely hailed as one of the best Mexican restaurants in New York City. The focus here is small plates tRead more
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
1,011 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
One of the magical things about upscale New York dining is how it takes classics from all over the world and gives them that special City makeover. Midtown’s Empellon has done thisRead more
86% recommended
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Kappo Masa

$$$$·Japanese·
Upper East Side
378 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
Walking into Kappo Masa is like stepping into a work of art. Textured concrete contrasts with potted trees and golden wood, and when the food arrives it’s no less beautiful. This URead more
83% recommended
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Blue Hill

$$$$·American·
West Village
3,949 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Anniversaries
Blue Hill is an almost hidden gem, down a few steps in Greenwich Village into the depths of an old speakeasy. There are two menus, a four-course and a six-course, each showcasing aRead more
100% recommended
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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
913 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Anniversaries
Bright, white and welcoming, the airy interior of this Long Island Mexican eatery is as fresh as its menu. The chef comes from the Mexican state of Chiapas. Although he learned hisRead more
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Lure New York

$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
3,608 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • People Watching
  • Good for a Date
If fish tacos are the craving of the day, what better place to find the best than in one of the hottest seafood restaurants in town? Lure takes the aquatic theme to a new level, wiRead more
84% recommended
Hot Spot in New York / Tri-State Area
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ATLA

$$$$·Mexican·
NoHo
118 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
ATLA is one of those restaurants proving that Mexican cuisine is just as contemporary and upbeat as its peers. Stunning grey vs wood vs white interiors are the stylish yet unpretenRead more
100% recommended
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The Clam

$$$$·American·
West Village
1,143 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
The Clam might be closer to the Hudson River than the ocean, but that doesn’t stop it serving up some of the finest seafood in town. The star of the show is the often-underrated clRead more
100% recommended
American in Manhattan

The Little Owl

$$$$·Mediterranean·
West Village
2,825 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Little Owl is a tiny West Village neighborhood spot, beloved by locals and visitors alike. From to-die-for porkchops to Scottish salmon with champagne sauce, the Little Owl promiseRead more
99% recommended
Mediterranean in Manhattan

Westville Dumbo

$$$$·Comfort Food·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
155 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Just moments from Brooklyn Bridge, Westville Dumbo is an accessible spot for veggie-centric healthy fare inspired by the seasons. The theme is simple American dishes with big flavoRead more
94% recommended
Comfort Food in New York / Tri-State Area
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Nobu Fifty Seven

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown West
3,592 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Widely known as one of the best A-Lister spotting restaurants in Midtown, Nobu 57 is a feast for all the senses. Stunning charred wood, woven partitions and Japanese lanterns creatRead more
87% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in New York / Tri-State Area
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Empellon Taqueria

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
West Village
1,696 reviews
Empellon Taqueria is one of the saviors of Manhattan Mexican food. This beautifully lit space is home to modern dishes steeped in heritage flavors. Traditional guacamole has the opRead more
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Seamore's-Dumbo

$$$$·Seafood·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
82 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Authentic
Seamore’s has several locations across New York City now. This Dumbo location continues the ethos of sustainable seafood, healthier choices on the menu and fantastic flavor. The taRead more
100% recommended
Great for Lunch in Brooklyn

BLACKBARN Restaurant - NoMad

$$$$·American·
NoMad
1,232 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
Bright and bustling, NoMad’s Blackbarn is rocking the farm-to-table revolution in upscale, contemporary surroundings. There are vegan plates like the cauliflower steak or for die-hRead more
100% recommended
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The National Bar & Dining Rooms

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
2,698 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Brunch
An East Side “Grand Café”, The National offers food from morning ‘til late. Modern American cuisine is a bit of a catch-all phrase, but here it means gorgeously presented plates ofRead more
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Gitano Jungle Room

$$$$·Mexican·
SoHo
67 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
This SoHo based Mexican joint is a bit like the Jumanji of restaurants. In the sense that walking in here completely transports one away from the manic city streets and into a typeRead more
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Westlight

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
943 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
Westlight is a Brooklyn rooftop bar and eatery with some of the best views across New York City. People come here for the cocktails, which range from the creamy and silky to citrusRead more
100% recommended
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La Contenta Oeste

$$$$·Mexican·
West Village
26 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
La Contenta Oeste is the West Village “big sibling” to the original La Contenta down on the Lower East Side. Oeste has a much larger dining room so it’s ideal for big groups, but tRead more
90% recommended
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Kahlo NYC

$$$$·Mexican·
Chelsea
209 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Browsing Chelsea’s galleries and markets is an activity that needs a lot of fuel. Take a pit-stop at one of the hottest New-Mexican restaurants in town: Kahlo. Named for Freda hersRead more
100% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Pampano New York

$$$$·Mexican·
Midtown East
2,058 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Authentic
With many people’s idea of Mexican food stuck on nachos and burritos, it’s easy to forget the Mexico has an outstanding seafood heritage. Pampano is here to remind New York of thatRead more
85% recommended
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