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Taco Tuesday

Whether it's Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, who doesn't crave some south of the border action now and then?

Personally, I'm more of a "now" than "then." I could get down with a margarita and some crispy fish tacos almost any day of the week. After almost four years of, ahem, “research,” I rounded up the best restaurants to quell your craving without breaking the bank.

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Tacombi Fonda Nolita

267 Elizabeth Street

New York, NY 10012

917-727-0179

Why It’s Great: They cook much of the food in the middle of the restaurant in a vintage Volkswagen van.

What To Order: If you don’t get a crispy fish taco, you’re doing it wrong.

When To Go: Midwestern dinnertime (read: before 8:00 PM). If you’re looking to do double duty, get your food to go and walk down the street to Tom and Jerry’s Bar with your ~perfectly legal and delicious~ contraband.

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Playa Betty's

320 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10023

212-712-0777

Why It’s Great: Young crowds, fun music and decent prices transport you to Southern California as soon as you walk through the door.

What To Order: The guacamole comes with every possible fixin’ you could want, so you can customize it to your cravings.

When To Go: Happy Hour — perfect for drinks + that aforementioned guac.

Cascabel Taqueria

1156 Second Avenue

New York, NY 10028

212-717-7800

Why It’s Great: They have excellent food, strong drinks and multiple sauces to spice up every meal. 

What To Order: I mean, I would personally commit crimes for the breakfast burrito and spicy watermelon basil margarita.

When To Go: When you want a little brunch and a little hair of the dog, but aren’t looking to ruin your Monday either.

Toloache

166 East 82nd Street

New York, NY 10028

212-861-4505

Why It's Great: This is a little fancier Mexican restaurant without being too stuffy, making it a perfect place to being the 'rents when they roll into town. 

What To Order: Feeling adventurous? Try a dried grasshopper taco. Feeling... well, more like me? Try almost anything else. 

When To Go: A warm summer evening — just make sure you get a table outside. 

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The Excelsior Hotel

45 West 81st Street

New York, NY 10024

212-873-5025

Why It's Great: This unlimited brunch spot is not for the faint of heart. Each brunch entree order includes all-you-can drink sangria, available in a myriad of flavors. 

What To Order: To cash in on that sangria deal from above, you have to still be eating. Order the item that will fill you up AND that you can consume as slowly as possible. 

When To Go: Saturday morning between noon and 3:00 PM — you'll need Sunday to recover. 

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