Tacos: Tacombi Fonda Nolita

Date: 1/1/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 267 Elizabeth Street

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What we ordered: 

  • Crispy Fish Taco
  • Barbacoa Taco (would recommend)
  • Seared Veracruzana Fish Taco (would recommend)
  • Pollo Taco
  • Horchata

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $27.62

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 8 8.5
Presentation 7 7.5
Setting 8.5 8.5
Value  5 6
Overall 7.5 7.75

Ryan comments:

There was a good amount of space between tables here so we were able to keep Ryan’s stroller at our table without it being in the way. She slept the entire time, but made a very sad face midway through the meal. Mom took off her hat, thinking she might be a little warm, and she was happy for the rest of the time.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9

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General Comments:

Tacos is one category where the options really range from high to low end. Tacombi Fonda Nolita definitely falls on the upper end of the spectrum. The restaurant itself was a very fun spot with a great atmosphere. It was dark inside but lit with a lot of candles and string lights everywhere. It had the vibe of a taco truck, with an actual VW van inside where they prep the food. The seating was folding chairs and outdoor-style tables to enhance the feeling of being out at a taco truck I guess? It worked. The walls had some mural-type lettering on them. The bathrooms were fine but unremarkable.

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The menus are little paper cards that you fill out. As you can see, these are pretty pricey for single tacos (especially considering the portion sizes, which you’ll see below)

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They serve every table tap water in a green wine bottle. We love us some horchata, so we had to try it here. It was a little weak for our tastes and wasn’t quite sweet enough or grainy/spicy enough to stand out. Perfectly drinkable, though.

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The food itself was very high quality and upscale. The tacos were all delicious and well-presented. Unfortunately the portions were very small for their price – the majority of the tacos were over $5 each, which is expensive for tacos this size. Fish tacos were served on a single tortilla while meat tacos were on two layers of tortillas. Each table had four types of hot sauces on them, all of which had a good amount of heat.

The Seared Veracruzan Fish Taco – Melissa’s highlight of the meal:

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Melissa’s Pollo (chicken) taco:

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Rob’s Barbacoa Taco & Crispy Fish Taco. Rob thought the Barbacoa was the best of all four tacos we ordered.

20170101_192639Overall this was a great-tasting meal in a very cool setting, but we each rated this a 7.5 out of 10 given the poor value of the portions. That said, if you’re looking for a fancier taco experience with a cool vibe and aren’t starving, it’s worth a visit!

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