My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to eat on the Upper East Side and stumbled upon Taco Taco on Second Avenue and 90th street. It's gotten a lot of good reviews from places like New York Metro and Zagats, so we decided to try it. Terrible idea.
Every single thing we got tasted like it went directly from a can to the microwave to our table. I honestly would be surprised if they had a stove or oven in their kitchen. To be fair, neither of us got the tacos, which all the reviews praise. He got a mole enchilada with tinny, weak mole, cheddar cheese, and rubbery chicken. I got a pork torta with incredibly overcooked and dry meat and "spicy fries" --frozen fries, still cold in the middle, covered with cheap chili powder. Even the rice and beans were soggy and tasteless. The chips and salsa were OK, though the salsa was still definitely out of a can.
Combine all this with the fact that it took 15 minutes of active signalling to get our check, we were hard-sold on the $8 guacamole by three different restaurant employees, and the bill for two dishes and a beer was $40--I'm never coming back. A papaya king hot dog has never tasted so good.