Cali-Style Mexican Food with A New York Flavor
I don’t consider myself a foodie. I can’t pinpoint specific ingredients or flavors and my taste isn’t too adventurous. Not to mention that I am no stranger to the occasional bowl of cereal for dinner. But when it comes to Mexican food I’m all in. Quesadillas, burritos, tacos… those are essential food groups in my book. So when I stumbled upon La Gringa Taqueria in New York’s West Village neighborhood I knew I was home.
First things first, if you live in New York City, you know that getting lunch for under $10.00 is hard to come by these days. So La Gringa is a welcome addition to my rotation of places where I can get great food (with great portions) without breaking the bank.
The second of two New York locations, this West Village gem sits on a peaceful block right off the 1 train stop at Christopher Street. Complete with quaint back patio seating, free wifi, and hand-painted murals, La Gringa makes hanging out at their establishment just as appetizing as the food.
La Gringa West Village
Beautiful mural by NYC artist Danielle Mastrion (@daniellebknyc)
On my visit I dove right in to the classics, a chicken burrito and steak nachos. I asked for the works on both which includes your choice of meat, rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, hot sauce, and of course guacamole. Standard stuff here.
Taking a bite from La Gringa, you know, for research.
But what sets La Gringa apart from similar set-ups is one game-changing ingredient, fried sweet plantains. This added ingredient brings a delightful surprise to every bite and it truly makes this place so unique. Next time I’m asking for extra!
Extra on the sweet plantains, please!
The homemade nachos are delicious, fully-loaded, and topped off with hot, melted cheese that they torched right on the spot. Beer is served on tap and happy hour is a daily occurrence at both their New York locations. And if you happen to be near their Brooklyn establishment on a Friday evening, be sure to stop by for free movie nights. Nothing says a perfect evening out like beer, tacos and a good movie.
La Gringa truly was a gem in the heart of one of New York’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Great food, great people, great sights. This gringa has already been back for more!