Where to Eat on National Taco Day

Sunday, Oct. 4, marks National Taco Day. Don’t ask why just enjoy the excuse to indulge in the classic Mexican street food. Americans are pretty good at that. In 2014, we ate more than 4.5 billion tacos, which if you were to line all those tacos up would be 490,000 miles. To the moon and back.

In honor of our love of the taco, I set out to choose some favorite places to enjoy the beloved dish. Whether you like a crunchy shell or soft tortilla, filled with beef, pork, chicken or seafood, loaded with veggies or meat and cheese only, these restaurants are sure to satisfy your taco craving on National Taco Day or really any day.

Del Fuego Tex Mex Kitchen & Tequila Bar, Babylon, Patchogue, St James
With three locations serving up taqueria style tacos on the Island, there’s almost no excuse not to hit up Del Fuego Tex Mex Kitchen & Tequila Bar on National Taco Day. Try the pulled pork tacos served on either a soft flour, soft corn tortilla or hard corn shell with corn salsa, red cabbage slaw and mango BBQ sauce, or the carne asada with grilled skirt steak, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cheddar jack cheese. Can’t decide? There’s also the taco trio, of you guessed it, your choice of any three tacos.

Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, Bayshore

The romantic Bayshore restaurant has a separate taco menu with eight different types of the Mexican street food. Enough said.

Texicana Grill, Bellmore 
There’s a taco for everyone at this TexMex favorite in Bellmore. Texicana Grill offers hard shell, soft shell, whole wheat and even gluten free hard and soft shell tortillas. Then choose from fillings of grilled vegetables, picadillo, grilled chicken, grilled steak and even carnitas.

Besito Mexican, Huntington and Roslyn


Besito makes some of the best margaritas on the Island. The perfect complement to those tacos. image: besito

Make haste to Besito Mexican in either Huntington or Roslyn for tacos. Choose between street tacos of warm soft corn tortillas filled with options such as crispy shrimp and adobo marinated chicken, or opt for the iron skillet tacos with choices that include carne asada and pineapple marinated pork tenderloin. Besito will not disappoint.

Cabo A Taste of Mexico, Rockville Center

Traditional meets modern at this Mexican eatery in Rockville Center and with a Sunday brunch you can start your taco celebrating early. You can’t go wrong with the Barbacoa tacos.

La Brisa, Montauk

image: yvonne albinowski

image: yvonne albinowski

On the East End, La Brisa is a must stop for tacos. Chef Jason DeBriere is overseeing the kitchen as it sends out his version of casual Mexican taqueria food. Think homemade tortillas filled with the local bounty the Atlantic Ocean.

Cantina Rooftop, Manhattan

image: cantina rooftop

image: cantina rooftop

When in Midtown…escape to Mexico at Cantina Rooftop. The year-round rooftop bar is only steps away from the Hudson River, but with a retractable rooftop, a 20-seat bar and lounge and an 80-person outdoor dining area you’ll feel like you’re somewhere else. Choose between shrimp, carnitas, chorizo, tuna and rib eye tacos from 4-9pm on Sunday.



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Samantha Wieder is a 2014 summer intern at Long Island Pulse. She is a junior at Binghamton University. Follow her on Twitter at @samashwieder.