Dos Toros Taqueria & Toloache: NYC’s new Upper East Side Mexican Spot

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Two of our favorite Mexican spots in New York City, Toloache and Dos Toros–both very different; both very good–opened up new locations on the Upper East Side this fall, and we couldn’t be more excited about having our periodic taco cravings so easily satisfied. Sure, there have been several ok Upper East Side Mexican restaurant options for a while now, but really? Cascabel is never as good as we want it to be, and it’s always a LOT shout-ier. And you CAN get your late-night gloppy burrito fix at the likes of Blockheads and Taco Today… but why not eat something really delicious instead? 

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Upper East Side Toloache Restarante Does Delicious Tacos

Toloache 82 is the third Toloache New York location to serve up Chef Julian Medina’s high-end-ish tacos, and fans of his other two outposts in Midtown and the FiDi–not to mention his excellent Latin-flavored diner on 14th Street, Coppelia–will find much to appreciate about this newest incarnation. We stopped in for the first time the other night, and were rewarded with a bunch of first-rate early evening snacks. En “Los Tacos” section of the Toloache restaurant menu we really liked the pair of Suaderos, the juicy, almost funky brisket (braised, apparently, in Negro Modelo) combined nicely with a tomatillo salsa, chunks of avocado, and, most inspired, a dollop of horseradish crema. . 

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Also first-rate in the taco department at Toloache 82 was the Hongos y Nopales duo, the earthy maitake and huitlacoche mushrooms brightened by vinegary cactus chunks and given added punch with salty queso fresco. And down in Quesadilla territory, the “de Cameron” was pretty to look at, but the plump, fresh shrimp were slightly undermined by too many pineapples (we opted for the pick-the-fruit-off-with-our-fingers method). The decor at Toloache 82 in fun and slightly eccentric, the music safe and not too loud (think Pandora riffing on Coldplay and Jack Johnson) and the prices more in line with downtown’s hotspot Empellon than, say, the nearby Patty’s Taco Truck, but if you’re looking for night out with a menu filled with both the familiar and the less so (for example: roasted grasshopper tacos), Toloache 82 delivers. For those with the taco craving in Upper Est Sise New york, this make push Toloache up into the best of NYC for mexican food! 

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Dos Toros New York Burrito Comes Stuffed with Homemade Ingredients

Speaking of delivers, the new Upper East Side edition of the adored Dos Toros Taqueria now does! Deliver, that is. But even if you’re not getting take-out, please put Dos Toros on your Upper East Side quick-bite list. Specializing in San Francisco Mission District-style burritos (though you can get the same bundle of ingredients in the smaller tacos and quesadillas), keeping with the Dos Toros NYC tradition, they basically take a big pile of fresh ingredients, all prepared with love, and wrap them up in a beautiful belly-filling package. One burrito–we usually get the carne asada with black beans, rice, sour cream, a splatter of the green hot sauce, and, of course, a scoop of guacamole–is plenty for dinner, and it will cost you less than ten bucks. It’s the perfect addition to any neighborhood 

Toloache 82 and Dos Toros Upper East Side Location details

Toloache 82 is located on 82nd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, and is open for both lunch and dinner. More details and a complete Toloache 83 menu here.

Dos Toros is located on Lexington Avenue between 78th and 77th Streets, and is open pretty much all day and well into the night. More details and a complete Dos Toros menu here.        

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