Los Tacos No.1

By: Manero

This year is turning out to be a landmark one for tacos in New York City. Not only did Hecho en Dumbo’s chef Danny Mena open his notable taquería Sembrado en Nueva York on East 13th Street, but at the same time, a worthy rival was setting up shop on the other side of Manhattan. Los Tacos No.1, a Mexico-City-street-style taco stand, opened inside the Chelsea Market in October, and since then foodies and the most discerning of tourists who swarm that place have been lining up.

The reason? Mostly, their delicious tacos al pastor (“adobada” on their menu): slices of pork marinated in pineapple and spices, slowly roasted gyro-style. You can also get the adobada in tostadas, quesadillas or (our favorite) mulas—two flour tortillas with a cheese center. Whichever you choose, just say “con todo.”

Los Tacos No.1 is the brainchild of three friends, one from Tijuana and two from Brawley, California, who realized that downtown Manhattan and the squeaky-clean Chelsea Market were missing high-quality Mexican street food. The miracle—propelled by accurate street stand decoration—is complete thanks to the offering of delicious aguas frescas and Mexican sodas.

The only thing we’re missing, of course, is a good beer and the chance to sit down and keep ordering these tacos without having to stand in line again. But that would take some of the fleeting magic and perfection of this stand away. Anything this good shouldn’t be messed with.

LOGISTICS: Los Tacos No.1, now open at Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (between 15th and 16th)