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New York's 4 favorite spots to find cheap Mexican fare

New York's 4 favorite spots to find cheap Mexican fare
The Taco Shop | Photo: San C./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 15, 2020.

Craving Mexican food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Mexican spots around New York, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to fulfill your urges.

1. Blue Maiz

Photo: mish h./Yelp

Topping the list is Blue Maiz. Located at 606 Eighth Ave. in Midtown, it is the highest-rated low-priced Mexican restaurant in New York, boasting 4.5 stars out of 247 reviews on Yelp. 

If you're looking for more, we found these details about Blue Maiz.

"Blue Maiz goes back to my childhood where my grandmother. I always wanted to get the blue corn. At the time, I didn't understand why she would go to great lengths to obtain the blue corn and grind it so we could make fresh blue corn tortillas," the business notes on its Yelp profile. "The blue corn was at the time a healthier choice for her and helped improved her diabetes."

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "At Blue Maiz we prepare dishes following traditional Mexican style, homemade and handmade tortillas, preserving the healthiness of all the ingredients," it states on Yelp.

2. The Taco Shop

photo: the taco shop/yelp

Next up is the West Village's The Taco Shop, situated at 166 W. Fourth St. With four stars out of 360 reviews on Yelp, it has proved to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option. 

The site has lots more information on The Taco Shop.

"Jimmy loves tacos, not the Tex-Mex tacos rendition, he loves the tacos of Mexico City," the business states on its Yelp profile. "The Taco Shop embraces the taco culture, combines it with a post-Mexican flavor and delivers an outstanding, authentic Mexico City taqueria experience."

In terms of signature items, "With a range of authentic Mexican ingredients at their kitchen's disposal, and a touch of post-Mexico culinary fusion, the Taco Shop promises to bring the true taquería experience to the West Village," it states on Yelp. 

3. Los Mariscos

Photo: los mariscos/Yelp

Chelsea's Los Mariscos, located at 409 W. 15th St. in the Meatpacking District, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly spot 4.5 stars out of 580 reviews. 

Yelper Rex W., who reviewed Los Mariscos on March 17, wrote, "Get the fish tacos. They are good. So good."

Santiago C. noted, "This place makes some amazing fish tacos. Make sure to get the margarita. Really delicious. Also enjoy the mixed seafood on tostado."

4. El Rey del Taco Truck

photo: amy s./yelp

This outpost of the popular chain El Rey del Taco Truck, a food truck in Astoria, is another much-loved, budget-friendly go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 475 Yelp reviews. Head over to 33-01 30th Ave. to see for yourself. 

Yelper Olga F., who reviewed El Rey del Taco Truck on Jan. 14, wrote, "Delicious late night tacos. Good portion size/prices and just so, so good."

Renato D. noted, "One of the top taco spots in Astoria. Good size burrito, the meat isn't dry like many other taco spots. Usually very quick service and friendly staff."


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