I had high expectations for this taco joint after perusing the reviews on Yelp, and Tacombi not only didn’t disappoint, but far surpassed any hopes I had. If you’re in the area, this place is a “can’t miss,” and I would gladly go out of my way to end up in Nolita just to stop here.
Now let’s talk food, because a happy belly is always my number one priority. We started with the guac, which was a little pricey at $11- but we finished the big plate, and I would order again. The guac was a good balance of all the right flavors, and the tortilla chips were the star of the show. Tacombi makes their own tortillas fresh throughout the day (and their tortillas + salsas (also homemade!!) are sold at retailers throughout the city). They had a perfect combo of crunch and salt.
All the tacos we had were delicious. The tortillas were strong, flavorful, and didn’t break apart as I eagerly shoveled them into my mouth. All of the fillings were amazing, full of spice, heat, and flavor. My favorites were the chorizo con papas, and the seared fish. The fish was a large piece of obviously fresh fish covered in poblano peppers. I also adored the yellowfin tuna tostada. I wish I could tell you how delightful the al pastor was, but my dining parter shoveled it into his mouth before I could grab a bite. (He said it was also delicious). Tacos range in price from $3.95 to $6.95, which felt reasonable for the quality and amount of meat on each taco. The tuna tostada was $7.95 and there was a nice amount of very delicious tuna included.
For drinks, I had both an agua fresca (hibiscus flavor) and the house margarita. The fresca came with a small pitcher of agave to sweeten to your preference, and the margarita was refreshing + strong. There is also a good selection of Mexican beer. Cocktails are all about $13 which is typical for the area, though beers were pricier than I would expect at $7 a pop.
Really, though, what sets this place apart is the atmosphere. As you walk into the restaurant, which seems to be a converted warehouse, you become transported to Mexico. Truly, after a few sips of my margarita, I was hanging out in Playa del Carmen. The attention to detail is top notch, and it really takes the experience to the next level. The combination of quality food and an awesome space to eat it in, easily pushed Tacombi into one of my top restaurants in the city.
Overall, it was truly an enjoyable meal/experience. Have you been? Did you love it like we did? What are some of your other NYC or taco favorites?