September 19: Taqueria St. Marks (East Village, Manhattan)

Ah, Taqueria St. Marks (TSM).


For three years you were my salvation in a taco desert.

And, this week, you hosted me and 20+ loving friends in observance of America’s most underrated holiday – my birthday.

I’m only kidding.
About it being a holiday, not about my great friends, or your divine tacovention.

I recommend any Angeleno who finds themselves in NYC – whether tourists or transplants – visit TSM.

The walls are littered with nostalgic, Los Angeles-themed memorabilia, road signs and tchotchkes. Surfer flicks, 80s comedies and Dodgers games grace the TVs.

It’s like an LA island.

The food is good and inexpensive. From tortas to nopales, this place gets it.

But, we were there for the tacos. I ordered the lengua, carne asada, nopales (cactus) and carnitas. The group? All of those plus some.

The lengua is my favorite. And, that’s a good thing. Because when you have good lengua, you have good tacos.

Of note, the carne asada taco is a bit spicy. You’re going to love it.

The nopales taste like home. The carnitas, while a little salty for me, are still satisfying.

Needless to say, I’ll be back next time I’m in town. I just hope it’s well before my next birthday.

And for the sake of continuity, I give this place:

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