Address: 141 2nd Ave
What we ordered:
- Chicken Taco
- Shrimp Taco
- Carnitas Taco (would recommend)
- Carne Asada Gorgon
- Horchata (would recommend)
Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $24.50
We tucked the stroller into a corner with some stools and it was a perfect snug fit. She slept for the first 2/3 of our meal, then she fussed for the last 1/3. Turns out she was super sweaty from having a rain tarp covering her car seat. Parent fail.
Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 6.5
Otto’s Tacos is a So-Cal taco place started by a guy named Otto (duh) who came to NY from LA. They have 3 locations in the city now. We went to the East Village for a weeknight dinner. This one has about 15 seats inside, and there is seating outside in the summer. This was irrelevant on a January night like our visit…but it was an unseasonably warm 60 degree night! It’s a pretty small space inside and they do not have a bathroom for customers. We got here early at about 6pm and were the only customers for a while. We both liked Otto’s branding and logos within the restaurant and on their packaging, etc.
First up is the Horchata. It came in a cute little bottle with Otto’s logo. It had a nice grainy texture and a very spice-heavy smell. It wasn’t very sweet, but it was good and refreshing.
The tacos themselves are fairly small, but they are packed with meat/protein. The tortillas broke very easily and were not double layered like many taco places are, so they could have made quite a mess. All of the meats were delicious, especially the carnitas. The shrimp taco had about 20 mini shrimp inside which was impressive…and they were tasty! The chicken was our least favorite of the 4 meats/proteins, but it was still pretty good.
They offer something called the “Gorgon” which is a GIANT crispy taco with double protein and guac on it. Rob obviously had to have it, and got it with Carne Asada. It was very huge and the shell was deep fried. It had a ton of meat inside and a healthy (or more likely unhealthy) helping of guacamole. It was too hot to eat for at least 10 minutes, but eventually Rob just dove in. It was difficult to eat and fell apart towards the end. Overall it was Rob’s favorite in terms of taste and he thought the fried tortilla was delicious.
Overall this is a solid spot for tacos and horchata, reasonably priced and with a variety of good options. Yum!