Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Taqueria Diana

New York
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Mon4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tues12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wed12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thu12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Fri12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Sat12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Sun12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Taqueria Diana

129 2nd Ave

New York, NY 10003

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.