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El Atazcon - new taqueria in the EV


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El Atazcon - new taqueria in the EV

hungrycomposer | | Jan 13, 2009 04:49 PM

Has anyone else been to El Atazcon on 1st Avenue just south of Saint Mark's?. Apparently they have been open for two weeks, but I only noticed the place a couple of days ago. They are calling themselves a taqueria, and they serve a few other things as well. The tacos cost around $3, and are fairly delicate servings (two taco-sized tortillas with 3 pieces of catfish, for instance). The Alambre taco was my favorite: chorizo, beef, chilies, and onions. I was unfamiliar with an "alambre" taco, but they told me it's a specialty of central Mexico. Salty, varied, quite delicious. The Carne (grilled beef) was a close second: flavorful beef, carefully cooked, not chewy or overdone. We also had a catfish taco, chicken taco (simple sliced grilled chicken breast, sounded like a gringo special but also very tasty), al pastor taco (marinated pork), tortilla soup (tomato base, rich and spicy, with avocado, cheese, and fried tortilla strips). Their grilled corn is worth getting too. The room is very pleasant, painted orange and candlelit, with pictures of wrestlers on the wall. The waiter, who I assume is also the owner, was nice, friendly, and eager to please. We wound up spending $30 with tax and tip for a delicious but fairly light dinner for two. They are throwing in a free sangria with 3 tacos. As far as tacos go, it's not the cheapest place, but the food was all good and it was very pleasant. It's more expensive than a taco truck, but it is a much cheaper (and in some cases more pleasant) alternative to many of the overpriced Mexican restaurants in the East Village. I would definitely go back. They are planning on expanding their menu, but there's plenty of good stuff to eat there already and I look forward to trying more.