It is an unwritten law that truly excellent tacos should be served on paper plates. For all of the high-end Mexican eateries cropping up around the city, some of the very best are at places like Los Tacos No.1 -- an unassuming Chelsea Market stall doling out tortilla chips in wax paper bags, and horchata in to-go coffee cups. On most days, the line -- which is more of a tangled mob -- is a spectacle unto itself. Customers wait their turn to pay, and then confirm their orders by handing their receipts to the chefs in the next window. In other words: be assertive, or go hungry.
Founded by a team of three friends from Tijuana, Mexico and Brawley, California (noted taco capitals), Los Tacos No.1 now has a No.2: a recently opened outpost in Times Square. And while it’s easy to be skeptical about any business with locations in both Chelsea Market and Times Square (tourist hell-holes, both), Los Tacos No.1 is an exception. The tortillas, available in flour or corn, are hand-made throughout the day; the pico de gallo is always fresh; and the signature guacamole is the stuff of dreams.