Tacos always seem to be deemed as a Mexican dish, and maybe that’s where they originated, but here in American and in Queens we’ve certainly made them our own. Sure, you can get the basic kind: ground beef with lettuce, tomato and cheese. But the world of tacos has expanded beyond what you can find at Taco Bell. Restaurants are now serving up fish tacos, even falafel ones, so they’re sure to appeal to more than just beef lovers. Try out the Best Taco in Queens and see for yourself why this dish is not often given the credit it deserves.
2022: Queens Voted Ruta Oaxaca Best Taco!
3504 Broadway, Astoria
(929) 348-1229 – rutaoaxacamex.com
When you are craving a taco, the place to go to is Ruta Oaxaca in Astoria. This restaurant offers a compact, yet satisfying list of tacos with a variety of fillings to fit your cravings. Order the cochinita pibil, filled with Yucatan marinated, slow cooked pork, avocado salsa verde, habanero pickled red onions and cilantro, or a crispy shrimp taco with guajillo marinated shrimp, manzano chile aioli, queso fresco and cole slaw. There is even a vegetable taco option for those who may be vegetarian or vegan. Tacos are served on traditional, homemade corn tortillas and can be customized to your liking. Get some chips and salsa or guacamole, ceviche, calamari or esquites on the side to complete your meal. Wash it all down with one – or more – of Ruta Oaxaca’s excellent margaritas, beers or some wine.
2021: Queens Voted The Thirsty Koala Best Taco!
The Thirsty Koala
35-12 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
(718) 626-5430 – thethirstykoala.com
Queens foodies are always on the hunt for the best taco around. If you’re on that quest yourself, The Thirsty Koala in Astoria needs to be your next stop. This Australian-inspired restaurant whips up an impressive arsenal of fish, chicken, short rib and vegan tacos with unique recipes you won’t taste any where else. Each taco is served on a soft corn tortilla and topped with fresh ingredients from coriander, daikon to avocado, fresh cabbage and house-made aioli. You can compliment your wrapped concoctions with tasty sides like truffle fries and charred kale. If tacos with an Australian twist sounds like the food adventure you need in your life, look no further than Ditmars Boulevard.
2020: Queens Voted Cinco de Mayo Best Taco!
Cinco de Mayo
42-29 Bell Blvd, Bayside
(718) 224-0330 – www.cincodemayobayside.com
Dine in or order online with no delivery fee at Bayside’s Cinco de Mayo! This local restaurant has been serving authentic Mexican cuisine for almost 15 years in Queens. From “Paella Valenciana” and “Bistec a la Tampiqueña” to taco salad and burritos, the menu is packed with a wide array of choices. The restaurant also has lunch specials and offers a party menu! While you eat, you’re sure to be captivated by the festive ambiance which elevates the dining experience. When you’re deciding where to go for Mexican cuisine, look to Cinco de Mayo for excellent service and exceptional food!
2019: Queens Voted Casa Enrique Best Taco!
5-48 49th Ave., Long Island City
347-448-6040 – henrinyc.com/casa-enrique
Casa Enrique is no stranger to fame and recognition for their amazing tacos, so it’s no surprise that their tacos have been deemed the best in Queens. This Michelin recognized restaurant serves the best, most fresh ingredients around. Their daily specials use seasonal elements to bring out the maximum flavor. Casa Enrique’s tacos are prepared with care. Their pastor option features pork marinated in chilies and pineapple. The suadero features a slow cooked brisket. Each of Casa Enrique’s tacos seems tastier than the last, and with innovative daily specials, no two experiences at Casa Enrique’s can be the same.
2018: Queens Voted Tortilleria Nixtamal Best Taco!
104-05 47th Ave., Corona, New York
It all began with a heartfelt, stomach-led desire, and a simple (yet brilliant) idea. Fernando Ruiz, who grew up eating tacos in the open markets of the Port of Veracruz, Mexico, wanted to change the popular notion that “you can’t find good Mexican food in New York City.” After an intense brainstorming session with his cousin in Mexico, Ruiz concluded that what Mexican restaurants in New York City lacked was very simple: GOOD TORTILLAS.
2017: Queens Voted Cinco de Mayo Best Taco!
Cinco de Mayo
42-29 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361/ (718) 224-0330
Cinco de Mayo has been open and serving authentic Mexican cuisine in Bayside since 2005. They strive, and succeed, to creative festive ambiance and an unforgettable dining experience. Their menu is highly varied, ranging from traditional enchiladas and nachos to burritos and their famous Paella Valenciana. Try any of the tacos, as they are incredibly flavorful.