At its best, a fish taco is a totem of simplicity—just perfectly fried fresh fish in a warm tortilla with a drizzle of crema, the sweet crunch of cabbage, and a little hot sauce for punch. We checked out the city's fish taco scene to sort out the good, the bad, and the just alright.
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I'll just go ahead and say that everyone should have a place that delivers massive piles of eggs, beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions, with rice, beans, and tortillas, for less than six dollars.
Nestled in the shelf at Peels, right above baked goods and that killer 3-in-1 Pie, is the housemade Horchata ($4). This is what I want to drink every day as the weather gets warm.
The bar for tacos in Manhattan is not set very high, and the fish taco bar here is set even lower. So when the owner of Pinche Taqueria announced to the world that he was opening a branch of his Tijuana taqueria, in part to show other downtown taquerias like La Esquina how to make a proper fish taco, it sounded like a plenty plausible throwdown.