With so many good taco places in the county, there’s really no excuse to go to Taco Bell. These taco spots run the gamut from trendy to authentic, but what they all have in common is delicious tacos. Since they’re all different, here’s a guide to the county’s top taco joints to help you figure out which is best for you.
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18 Main St, Tarrytown
The Taco Project has been open for almost a year, but it has already received attention from the New York Times and earned a spot on Westchester Magazine’s “9 Best New Restaurants” list. The experience is casual (you order at the register and can opt to sit at the window counter), but the tacos are not the stuff of fast-food joints. Most tacos pack in a mix of flavors (think pork belly with pineapple), and you can choose between house-made hard-shell corn tortillas and locally sourced soft corn tortillas.
Apple habanero salsa. Photo by Aimee Hirsch
Go here if you want: a casual dining experience with good tacos at fair prices
Best Bet: Short Rib and Fish
Price Per Taco: Between $3.25 and $3.50
55 Hudson Ave, Peekskill
Taco Dive Bar is the newest addition to the Westchester taco scene, having just opened in July. Its location near the Peekskill train station and the Hudson River make it a great spot to grab drinks (go for the Margarita) and a bite to eat. The tacos are pricier than those at comparable Westchester locations, but the high-quality, local ingredients do make for delicious tacos. Taco Dive Bar is able to jazz up normally lack-luster tacos with ingredients like goat cheese, pickled vegetables, and truffle vinaigrette.
One of Taco Dive Bar’s best bets, the pork belly taco, with a maple balsamic glaze, shredded romaine, tomato, and guacamole. Photo by Aimee Hirsch
Go here if you want: a trendy spot for cocktails and tacos made with high-quality ingredients
Best Bets: Pork Belly and Chicken
Price Per Taco: Between $4 and $5
A plate chock-full of tacos from Los Gemelos Restaurant & Tortilleria. The restaurant has 10 different taco options. Photo by Aimee Hirsch
6 N Pearl St, Port Chester
If you’re sick of trendy tacos with feta cheese and maple-glazed meat, head to Los Gemelos for a more authentic experience. Los Gemelos has been open since 2000 as a taqueria and tortilla factory. The factory’s tortillas are used in the restaurant’s tacos, which may be as local as you can get. Each taco comes with two tortillas and is bursting with meat. If you really want an authentic Mexican meal, try a veal brain or beef intestine taco. (But pork is a great option too for less audacious eaters.)
A tamale from Los Gemelos Restaurant & Tortilleria is the perfect side dish to a plate full of tacos. Photo by Aimee Hirsch.
Go here if you want: authentic tacos at an affordable price
Best Bet: Chorizo and al Pastor
Price Per Taco: $3.25
Enjoy a taco in the sun at bartaco’s outdoor eating area. Photo by John Bruno Turiano
1 Willett Ave, Port Chester
This stylish, Byram River-fronted taqueria offers reasonably priced fare, most of which is listed under one of two straight-forwardly charming categories, “Tacos” and “Not Tacos.” If you can’t decide which tacos to order—don’t. Instead get a tray of the “chef’s selections.” The ordering system (fill out an order card and stick it on a mini “flagpole” to alert server) lets you set the pace of your meal. And, keeping in mind the eatery’s name, don’t forget to order an inventive cocktail or one of 40+ tequilas offered.
A plate of tacos from bartaco, including one of our favorites, the baja fish. Photo by John Bruno Turiano.
Go here if you want: tacos and tequila in a Hamptons-esque atmosphere
Best Bets: Baja Fish, Cauliflower, Sesame Rib-Eye
Price Per Taco: Between $2.50 and $3.50