Cheap Eats: Great Tacos, But More Than I Wanted To Pay

“Cheap Eats” is my post-series on cheap restaurants and prepared food options in New York. I recommend cooking your own food most of the time, but every once in a while it is nice to indulge and you don’t have to pay through the nose to do so. I plan to review many of the cheap options I find on various websites and will let you know if they are as good and as cheap as advertised. If you have a suggestion for a place to review, feel free to let me know through my contact page.

I have been busy scouring the Internet and coming up with a long list of “cheap eats” to try. There are a LOT of options out there, so lucky for you, this series will turn into a pretty extensive list. Next up on the list:

Dos Toros – 11 Carmine St (map) and 137 4th Ave (map)

Sorry for the image quality. It was cold and I had to take it quick before my fingers froze off!

Sorry for the image quality. It was cold and I had to take it quick before my fingers froze off!

I walked in the door, thankful to be out of the BITTER cold we experienced at the beginning of January. I had read about a great $3.50 taco deal that was delicious, so I sauntered up the the counter to place a taco order.

Plenty of amazing fillings and sauce on this puppy!

Plenty of amazing fillings and sauce on this puppy!

The Cheap Eats Breakdown

How was the ordering experience? Great! Similar to Chipotle or Subway, you make your way down a line of ingredients and indicate what you want on your taco. In typical Mr. NYBudget fashion, I asked for the hottest sauce they had. The woman who was helping me looked concerned and said “our hot sauce is extremely hot – why don’t you try it first” and with that, she picked out a pepper and placed some of the hot sauce on it. She was right, this wasn’t Chipotle’s version of hot. This BURNED. I loved it.

How unique is the food? One of the great things about living in NYC is that your cheap eats don’t have to be mundane. Tacos are not the most exotic food in the world, but these ones definitely had fresh and interesting ingredients. This certainly wasn’t just an order from Taco Bell! I’d say this was middle-of-the-road for uniqueness.

How delicious was the food? Very! I am a sucker for Mexican food, so I may be biased, but this was definitely tastier than many of the tacos I have tried in the city (I have a few favorite taco places that still far outshine Dos Toros, though).

Did it fill me up for $5 or less? Not even close. $3.50 got me one vegetarian taco. Not an order of tacos. Just one. Sure, in NYC, this is still inexpensive, but I am looking for TRULY cheap eats here.

Conclusion: The food was very good and the people behind the counter were friendly and helpful, but if I have to drop $10-$15 per meal, I would rather call it a special occasion and go to my absolute favorite Mexican restaurant, Tulcingo Del Valle for the same price. That said, if you find yourself in the West Village and want to treat yourself to some pretty tasty tacos, Dos Toros is a pretty damn good option.


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