Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hidden Taqueria on Ave A Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Zaragoza Mexican Deli Grocery is easy to pass over as just another East Village bodega. But that would be a big mistake. The nondescript exterior gives nothing away. Step inside this teeny - and curious - neighborhood shop and you're still not sure what to make of it. You're instantly distracted by shelves jammed with hot sauce, canned chipotle peppers and cleaning products. Walls are crowded with a colorful giant mural, 'Viva Mexico' flag, and party decorations. And the speakers are blaring festive corridos.

But just focus on the handwritten menu behind the counter featuring burritos ($6), quesadillas ($3), and tostadas ($2.50). The food is clearly the reason you are here. This is some of the most authentic and delicious Mexican street fare in the East Village. Classic tacos, fully loaded, cost $2.50. You won't find that price at Snack Dragon or La Lucha.

Spicy chicken tacos
Try the roast pork or spicy chicken, made before your eyes. Grab a Formica-topped table in the back, and with your first bite, you'll think you discovered some random but fantastic road side taco shack south of the border. Autentico y delicioso.

This Thursday, September 16th, Zaragoza celebrates Mexican Independence Day from 6-10pm with a traditional Mexican musical trio, and food and drink specials. It may be small, but I'm certain this taqueria knows how to throw a fiesta.

Roast pork tacos
Food served Sun - Thurs, 10am - 11pm, and Fri - Sat, 10am - 4am. Located at 215 Ave A (between 13th and 14th Streets).

Taqueria Alert!  KikaEats also is closely monitoring the soon-to-open East Village taqueria Sabor a Mexico at 160 1st Ave. It's the third location for this Manhattan based family business. Expected opening Sept 24th.

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