48 Greenwich Ave [btwn Charles St & Perry St]
New York, NY
Greenwich Ave has somewhat recently turned into a great food street, with TOSS, the Meatball Shop, and Yerba Buena Perry. Now add Oaxaca Taqueira to that list. The small taqueria uses locally sourced food, which always tastes better. It can get crowded during lunch, so I would call ahead. Also, it’s cash only.
For my first visit, I went with three tacos + rice and beans, which is normally $9.95 except if you get a fish or special taco which costs $1 more. The three tacos were enough for lunch, and I barely at the rice and beans. The thing is, the tacos are $3.25 each by themselves, so you might as well get the rice and beans for $0.25 and eat it later.
I got the Carne Asada (grilled steak), Carnitas (braised pork) and Pescado (fish). All were good and were topped with pickled onion, cilantro, cotija cheese, salsa & avocado lime. But alas there has to be a ranking:
1) Carnitas – Not sure if the meat they use it fattier, but the pork was incredibly juicy. Many places serve overcooked or dry pork so when you get that delicious moist pork, it’s something special. It was just a really tasty taco overall, mixing the sourness of the pickled onions with the saltiness of the pork.
2) Fish – I tend to prefer fried fish, which this wasn’t, but Oaxaca Taqueria’s version had a clean and fresh taste to it. The fish was cooked well, not too dry, and all of the toppings were a nice accompaniment.
3) Steak – The steak itself had some heat to it, but wasn’t the most flavorful. Solid taco, but I’d rank it last of the ones I’ve tried. I would go for one of the other tacos first.