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Sabor a Mexico Taqueria

New York NY (East Village)

160 1st ave (btwn. 9th & 10th st), new york NY 10009
sun-wed 11am-12am, thurs-sat 11am-2am

Sabor a Mexico

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Rating: 89
Price: $$$$

On a cold wintry day, my business associate Ben and I decided to check out another taqueria in the neighborhood. Across the street from Paquito's, Sabor a Mexico is the new kid in town - still nice and clean, as the East Village grime has yet to overrun the place. Unlike Paquito's (and most other comparable restaurants in the neighborhood), Sabor a Mexico is a sit-down establishment with full table service, though they also offer take-out. It's a small place with just a few tables, though an extremely clean mirror on one wall creates the illusion that it is doubled in size.

Unfortunately, as is often the case in these sit-down taquerias, tacos come as a plate, meaning you have to get 3 of the same beast. Ben and I divided and conquered by purchasing the carne asada and the al pastor, and then trading one for one. While we waited, the waitress brought out a tray of chips and salsa. The chips were nice and crispy, and the salsa had a very strong tang - definitely a portent of good things to come.

The tacos came out before too long of a wait, with a couple slices of lime and radish on the side.They were well-packed with meat, cilantro, and onions. First thing to note is that the tortillas are delicious at Sabor a Mexico - maybe I was just freaking out after 2 taco-less weeks, but they seemed fluffier than most other options in the neighborhood.

The meat itself was delicious. The al pastor had a strong pineapple-based marinade with a healthy portion of spice, and was cut and cooked perfectly: no gristly pieces, nice and chewy, chunks of varying size. The asada was similarly delicious, with a mild but flavorful salty marinade to complement the high quality of the meat.

Sabor's main drawback is the lack of salsa options. While their one salsa certainly shines (and is especially good on the al pastor), it does not present the options necessary for one who wants to enjoy a variety of flavors. On the whole, Sabor a Mexico is a great option in the "upscale taqueria" category, and some of the best tacos in the neighborhood (though that honor still goes to Zaragosa).

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