Taqueria Lower East Side

Taqueria Lower East Side

198 Orchard St (at E Houston St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sat
    • Noon–Midnight
  • Fri
    • Noon–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.3/10

Based on 476 votes

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  • harryh

    A totally solid inexpensive mexican joint. Everything I've had has been great. Definitely get some chips & guac. Enjoy the 80s movies they show on the TVs.

    harryh · August 7, 2012
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  • Laura C.

    Carnitas ($2.5) are delicious & two tacos fill you up. Round off your meal with a horchata ($2) and a huge slice of flan! ($2.5)

    Laura Chin · August 25, 2011
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  • Village Voice

    To get more bang out of your buck, order the pork tostados over the tacos.

    Village Voice · September 27, 2013
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  • Andrea D.

    The chorizo taco and the cesina taco with a side of crema. Perfection.

    Andrea Duchon · June 16, 2011
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  • Steve L.

    From Thrillist: "...but there's no fusion when it comes to their taco-mestibles, which adhere to 10 sacred Commandments including "no nachos" and "no pillow-size burritos"..." Read more

    Steve LeVine · April 28, 2011
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  • Village Voice

    Take the edge off with a margarita and follow that with the carnitas- piled with slow cooked peppered pig, crispy on the edges and tender on the inside. One bite of this & the room will fade away.

    Village Voice · June 13, 2013
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  • Kalpana G.

    Get the michelada, so spicy, so tasty

    Kalpana G · December 14, 2011
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  • Peter

    You can't go wrong with a margarita with fresh squeezed lemon juice. The pork and fish tacos are also great.

    Peter · October 12, 2011
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  • mahsa h.

    Fish taco and Pork tacos are the best but as a warning the fish taco is quite spicy

    mahsa hojjat · June 9, 2011
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  • Nick P.

    Behold the amazing collection of classic rock posters on the walls. Looks like my college dorm room.

    Nick Patrick · August 16, 2013
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  • qwertney

    Yummy tacos and a puzzling collection of decor

    qwertney · September 30, 2011
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  • KristaNini

    Great food, but music is waaaaaay to loud!

    KristaNini · July 26, 2011
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  • Harald R.

    Good value, Staff friendly, food great... Yumm!

    Harald R · June 2, 2013
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  • Serious Eats

    Solid tacos (including fish) and fat, juicy tortas are all good at this funky taqueria.

    Serious Eats · March 19, 2013
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  • Kyle M.

    Get the soft tacos. The Chorizo and Eggs tacos are a nice change of pace.

    Kyle Meloney · June 22, 2012
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  • Real Cheap Eats

    "You won’t find battered, overwhelming fish tacos here, just simple, fresh, pan-fried tilapia topped with cabbage slaw and salsa on 6″ tortillas. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon snack." Read more

    Real Cheap Eats · June 17, 2012
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  • Andrew C.

    If you want spicy, ya best order the lamb tacos !

    Andrew Cerda · April 11, 2012
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  • Lori M.

    Steak taco is good. Don't get the ground beef one though. You'll be disappointed.

    Lori Martini · December 23, 2011
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  • Madm F.

    Love this place. Affordable, great ambiance, awesome bartenders. We watched willy wonka 3 times with Spanish subtitles. That good.

    Madm Fia · November 14, 2014
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  • Ben M.

    A dive bar version of nearby Tacombi with unbelievable prices. You MUST order the pork tacos and guacamole (with free chip refills)

    Ben Mackey · August 13, 2014
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  • Jessica V.

    Delicious tacos and margaritas!

    Jessica Vaz · August 6, 2014
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  • Kim M.

    Like authentic Mexican food ? This is definitely the place to go. Get the tacos . Fish and carnitas 👌

    Kim Marin · September 3, 2013
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  • Kevin E.

    Guacamole amazing. Steak taco- a must-better than lamb & pork. Beef head & tongue--seasoned & seared to perfection! Avoid purchasing bottles of wine. 1000 times better than San Loco & cheap! $3 tacos

    Kevin Ennis · July 31, 2013
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  • Uday P.

    The only place I've been to in the last 15 years that is running through 10...first pearl jam album

    Uday Palled · June 21, 2013
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  • Maritsa P.

    Super cheap and delicious

    Maritsa Patrinos · September 1, 2012
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  • Andreas W.

    Fantastisk!

    Andreas W · March 3, 2012
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  • Angela

    This place is superb! Yummy, inexpensive food, great movies and music while you hang out, and Paul is the best!

    Angela · July 18, 2011
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  • Natalie

    Pork tacos! Guacamole! Goood Mexican Food in NYC!!!

    Natalie · June 26, 2011
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  • Brian C.

    Great enchiladas. Nice waitstaff. Read more

    Brian Clark · May 31, 2011
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  • Beth B.

    Great tacos with plenty of spice and quality ingredients. Try the Egg & Chorizo Platter,  the Barbacoa taco and Beef tongue. Their fish taco is extremely delicious as well. 

    Beth B. · January 24
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  • Deana C.

    100x better than Mission Cantina. Do yourself a favor & go here.

    Deana Cosper · April 24, 2014
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  • Holly S.

    Pork and fish tacos can't be beat. Tortilla soup is surprisingly good.

    Holly Stair · December 18, 2013
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  • Holly S.

    Tacos. All of them.

    Holly Stair · October 1, 2013
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  • Ren Dy

    Finally, some real fish tacos!! Margaritas were pretty strong, but that's not necessarily a bad thing :)

    Ren Dy · August 23, 2013
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  • Lana W.

    They'll kick you out if they're busy. Even if you continue to order drinks.

    Lana Waites · July 24, 2013
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  • Taco A.

    Best guacamole in the lower east side.

    Taco Aficionado · June 17, 2013
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  • Jennifer S.

    I rarely order carnitas buuuut the carnitas tacos are amazing! Do it.

    Jennifer Shaw · May 17, 2013
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  • Betty

    There's a lot of grease in the tacos but in this case the carnitas as well worth it.

    Betty · March 16, 2013
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  • Sook Y.

    Hands down, the BEST chorizo tacos I have EVER had.

    Sook Yeung · February 17, 2013
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  • sarah s.

    Cheap yummy food , expensive margaritas ($8)

    sarah stone · September 23, 2012
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  • Andrew C.

    Legit tacos. Californian approved.

    Andrew Cove · July 19, 2012
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  • Jeannette N.

    Margaritas are bomb. So are the chicken flautas and sopes. Dirt cheap prices.

    Jeannette Norris · June 5, 2012
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  • Leslie L.

    Highly recommend their hibiscus margaritas. The downstairs room reserved for bottle service is really nice. You can order individual drinks at the bar and bring them to the banquette.

    Leslie Laurence · May 6, 2012
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  • Carleigh F.

    Best tacos I've had in NYC. Pork, chorizo, and salted beef are top 3. Start with some guacamole and keep the margaritas coming.

    Carleigh Ferrante · April 14, 2012
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  • Marcy E.

    The pork, fish & lamb tacos are off the hook...and like California's awesome tacos. The horizontal taco is super greasy. Avoid.

    Marcy Erhard · January 27, 2012
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  • Victor C.

    Awesome horchata and great chorizo!

    Victor Colombo · July 1, 2011
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  • Nish J.

    Really good, pork and salted beef are amazing.

    Nish Junankar · June 26, 2011
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  • Demetra S.

    Horchata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Demetra Sherwood · September 2, 2013
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  • Maribel P.

    Tacos de bistec y lengua están muy deliciosos. Extrañaba los frijoles refritos!

    Maribel Padilla · July 20, 2013
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  • Jordan M.

    Micheladas!

    Jordan M · July 20, 2012
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