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Jun 19, 2012 08:52 PM

Best fish tacos?

I will be visiting from Toronto and staying with a friend in Park Slope. One thing I always seek out in the US is fish tacos (Although nothing has come close to the taco truck in Kauai!).
Anyhow would appreciate any local recs - or in Manhattan for that matter. Thanks!

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    1. re: gfweb1

      Don't go the the Beer Garden at South St for the fish tacos, you will be disappointed, but go for the scenery and the beer.

    2. I think the fish tacos at the Brooklyn Flea are pretty good. I can't remember the name of the vendor.

      1. Had a very decent fish taco last night on the back patio at Gran Electrica in DUMBO. The taco menu changes, and they don't always have the fish, but this place is worth a stop if you're in the area.

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        1. re: jmh

          Gran Electrica is an obscene rip off. The food is OK, but way overpriced. This is street food, not worthy of $11 for 2 small tacos. The taco truck in DUMBO is way better...and $3, as it should be.

          1. re: NYJewboy

            I guess obscene rip off is in the eye of the beholder. DUMBO rents are some of the highest in the city - probably why there are so few restaurants in the neighborhood aside from the tourist lures like Grimaldi's. Trucks obviously don't have to deal with the rent issue (and don't have to provide you a place to sit and eat your tacos) so the lower prices make sense.

            The food at Gran Electrica can be hit or miss, and it's certainly not the most economical option. But the question on the table was fish tacos. I happened to like them - fresh fish battered and fried, choice of salsas, fresh corn tortilla, and a decent beer alongside. All in a quiet backyard garden. Your mileage may vary.

            1. re: jmh

              The food can be quite good, not great, it is true. The fish tacos are very well prepared. Yes. But the context bothers me more than the price, actually. Street food in minute portions presented as a pseudo-high-end urban farce is what seems obscene to me. Maybe it is just my own dislike of such things, but I'm going to the truck and not looking back.

        2. If you are willing to travel into Manhattan, I love the fish tacos at Papatzul in Soho.

          In Brooklyn, Calexico has pretty good ones. They have a location in Red Hook and one in Greenpoint.

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          1. re: hannahcampbell

            I don't know when it will open, but there is another Calexico coming to 5th Ave in Park Slope next to Bonnie's. Not a rec since I've never eaten there, but it might suit you for time and place.

            1. re: hannahcampbell

              Also in Manhattan, Baby Bo's Cantina in Murray Hill. I had them for brunch there, granted a few yrs ago. I loved their chipotle crema. I've never found a fish taco as good. (Mind you, I live in Boston, not exactly a fish taco mecca.)

            2. Why would you come to NY and then want to go out of your way for Fish tacos?

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              1. re: jason carey

                Just defending my countryman/woman... fish tacos are not something that is anywhere really in Toronto area, and even if NY isn't the first place in the US you would choose to go for fish tacos, if you like fish tacos, you are going to have way more choice and better in NY than in Toronto! Mangolassi - I understand :-)