ZOCALO's fish tacos in Grand Central Station: NOPE!
My summer quest continues...finding a decent fish taco in Manhattan.
I decided, "Why not try Zocalo in the Grand Central Food Court?"
I would say they're pretty bland overall. The portion is fairly generous, however they load the 2 fried-fish tacos with so many bland vegetables: cabbage, carrots, etc., that you are forced to eat the tacos with a knife and fork!
The tacos are simply too cumbersome to pick up without causing a huge mess.
The two accompanying sauces --one red, one green-- don't add any real zip to the overall taste. (You can completely skip the rice and beans that accompany the tacos: We're talking canned quality here!)
For the $10 I paid, I'd rather get some decent grub in Chinatown.
So far, my ratings of the 3 Manhattan fish-taco places I've tried:
1) MERCADITO (E. Village): The most flavorful of all. Fried, with just enough spice and sauce. Two tacos. I was warned that they would not fill me up, but somehow I thought it was just enough of a portion for me. Nice texture overall. $9.50?
2) CAFE DE LA ESQUINA (SoHo/Nolita): Grilled. Two fish tacos. Not bad. Fresh, but they don't give enough sauce. Cabbage seemed a bit wilted. $8
3) ZOCALO in Grand Central: Fried. Doesn't work. $10
I have not yet tried the Mexican places around TENTH AVE, nor have I tried JUANITA's on Rivington Street.
I'M TOO SCARED TO TRY PAMPANO'S TAQUERIA for fear of having even-worse tacos than ZOCALO!!
Any other fish-taco reports, please post back here. Thanks.
re: bill p
I second Bonita.
Pequena (Ft Greene) has great fish tacos as well. You can have the fish grilled or fried.
To get this back to Manhattan though- Cafe el Portal (Elizabeth St) has grilled fish tacos. I had them once a couple years ago, but I can't remember how they were. I always order the shrimp tacos because they are so good.