Food & Drink

The 11 Best Nachos in NYC

Published On 08/18/2015 Published On 08/18/2015
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1. Taco Chulo 318 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

There is no shortage of options at Taco Chulo, and not just of tacos. They also serve burritos, large plates, and killer nachos that may be some of the cheesiest & messiest in the city.

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2. Taqueria Diana 129 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (Manhattan)

The East Village location of this cheap Mexican food mecca is a bit of a misnomer: sure there are carne asada, al pastor, and pollo tacos, but the non-taco items are the true lure. Opened by Californians, Taqueria Diana makes a fat, guac-loaded burrito and show-stealing nachos, the latter of which are served in a foil pan instead of on a flimsy paper plate. The huge portion has 50 or so tortilla chips and a heap of white queso, beans, and hot poblanos -- but don't be afraid to add a giant dollop of guacamole and crema. You can load them with tender carnitas (you can actually see the pork spinning on a spit roaster when you walk in), but the cheese tastes great on its own.

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3. El Maguey y La Tuna 321 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (East Village)

This family-run East Village restaurant has a casual atmosphere with great, classic, Mexican dishes like burritos, fajitas, & nachos.

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4. Javelina Tex Mex 119 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

Boldy claiming to do the joys of actual Tex-Mex cuisine justice, this cantina -- complete with boar taxidermy! -- is offering tacos with all kinds of fillings (brisket, carnitas, lamb...), skirt steak nachos, the San Antonio puffy taco with marinated pork shoulder, and the "Bob Armstrong," which is either regular or white queso with guac, ground beef, pico de gallo, and sour cream.

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5. El Camion Cantina 194 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This corner resto in the East Village brings fresh, local, ingredients together in classic Mexican preparations by Chef Juan Escobedo. They do dinner, lunch, brunch, and have a bar with over 100 types of tequila.

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6. Coppelia 207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Named for a Havana ice cream shop, this 24/7 "traditional Cuban luncheonette" from the Yerba Buena chef is outfitted Caribbean-style, with a large marble bar sporting spinning stools, and a beautiful stained glass window near the kitchen. The eats are designed for the post-Meatpacking group, with Cuban classics like ceviche, fried cheese balls, and empanadas ready to satisfy even the most aggressive of 4am appetites.

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7. The Commodore 366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Commodore is a Southern/tropical-themed dive bar in Williamsburg. Open late, hipsters flock to its incredible fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, biscuits, and seriously dope grilled cheese. Its cocktails are also top-notch: get the eponymous Commodore, which is a Pina Colada gone buck-wild with an extra shot of amaretto thrown in there for good measure.

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8. El Vez 259 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282 (Tribeca)

Any place named after the Mexican Elvis is worth a visit. Little tip: Order the salsa sampler, which lets you choose a variety ranging from a spicy tuna with pineapple to habaneros, tomatillo and melted manchego with sweet onions. A Philly original, celebrate Vez's descent on Manhattan this Spring by ordering everything on the menu.

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9. Professor Thom's 219 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Boston sports fans take refuge at this Hub-themed bar in the East Village, which, incidentally, sits next to one that's loyal to San Francisco, Finnerty's. Professor Thom's divey, unassuming storefront leads to an interior where tons of sports memorabilia (including a couple of Fenway seats) make the bar look as though it were plucked from Boylston Street. Standard pub fare like burgers, club sandwiches, and fish & chips are on offer, as are lobster night specials and of course, Harpoon brews all around.

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10. El Toro Blanco 257 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

El Toro Blanco is plating pan-Mexican eats in a modernish Southwestern vibe'd space, featuring cowhide barstools and plenty of made-to-order guac, Mexican corn, tacos, and 75+ tequilas/mezcals.