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TACOS MORELOS, 438 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), East VillageIf you walk around the streets along the west side of Tompkins Square Park, you will be shocked at the number of taco and Mexican food options. And we’re not even in Queens!

There is still a strong Latin American community here in the East Village, but even more so, the neighborhood appeals to those looking for a quick cheap meal. We start our new Cocktail Tour just inside Tompkins Square Park so I’ve been one of those people looking for a quick cheap meal before the tour. I almost always turn to tacos.

At Tacos Morelos, a storefront version of the food cart with the same name, I broadened my horizons a bit and ordered both a taco and a huarache. Amazingly, I prefered the huarache.

Cohcinita Pibil Huarache at TACOS MORELOS

Huaraches are open-faced consisting of a disc of fried masa topped with all sorts of goodies, like sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and salty queso fresco cheese. The choice of meat is up to you and I went with the cochinita pibil – a wonderful mound of gently roasted seasoned pork. It’s impeccably tender and moist with a hint of acidity. It’s a perfect foil for the crisp, fried sweet masa underneath. It holds up much better than most tacos.

Dare I say it, but I think Tacos Morelos is the most authentic of the profusion of taco joints in the neighborhood. And since I’m in the area pretty regularly, I should know.

TACOS MORELOS
438 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A),
East Village
(646) 861-1813
tacosmorelosnyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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