Tacombi, New York

Mexico in Manhattan

Mexico in Manhattan

Nigel Gillingham

You could easily walk past Tacombi, but you would miss out of one of my favourite experiences of our 7 days in New York and Chicago. Squeezed into what we assumed was an old garage, it's nestled between emerging brands such as Kit and Ace and Tory Birch Sports in Elizabeth Street. The rawness of the simple street food was a great contrast to the gentrification of Elizabeth Street.
Behind the entrance curtain is a simple fit out, of a concrete floor and painted breeze blocks. This is brought to life by blocks of colour from supermarket baskets stacked with fresh lemons and limes and a wall of cardboard beer boxes, which splits diners from the kitchen. In the centre of the room sits a red VW camper van, which houses a chef who is busy preparing food; this represents the VW which brought the owners from Mexico to Manhattan in 2010.
The menu is simple, mainly consisting of a variety of Tacos y quesadillas, which seemed best accompanied by a Victoria beer. The food was served quickly and it was good value for money and tasty, provoking the senses and warming us up on a cold New York afternoon.