Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday Night: Otto's Tacos

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Otto's Tacos

I went to Otto's Tacos in the East Village from a recommendation from a dear coworker. Disclaimer: he knows the guy that opened it, Otto. But, I'm always on the lookout for a good taco and this place seemed promising. West Coast style Mexican food? Yes please.
We arrived on a wet and rainy night to Otto's Taco which was very small. A few seats are available but most patrons took their order to go. Mr. Matzo was hesitant at the recommendation since he doesn't enjoy Mexican food due to the amounts of cheese. I told him that good Mexican food doesn't use much cheese on their food. And when we arrived, he was happy to know there was no cheese to be found. Instead, we saw housemade masa tortillas filled with our choice of meat topped with cilantro, onions, and salsa of choice. Simple tacos filled with superb flavors.

Thin tortillas pressed right up front then griddled until soft. We chose carne asada ($3 each) and chicken ($3 each) to start off. The chicken was soft, juicy, and delicious. The green salsa paired really well with it. The carne asada was even better. Chunks of juicy beef cooked tender but had still retained some char. We devoured these really quickly.

And just to explore the menu some more, we ordered a side of masa fries ($3) and, chips and guacamole ($3.25). Both were really good. The masa fries were crispy and thinly cut. The accompanying chipotle mayo was divine. We started eating eveything with that dip. The guacamole was smooth and simple. It just let the avocado shine.
While we waited for Mr. M&P to show up, I also enjoyed a horchata ($2.75) which is freshly made daily. The guy at the register told me that they usually sell out by the end of the lunch rush. I was lucky that night because the rain kept many people away. This was really good horchata. No weird chalky texture. Just almonds, spices, and sweetness. I downed this pretty quick.
When Mr. M&P arrived, we ordered more food again. We just liked it that much that we wanted more. It was that good. More tacos, masa fries, and chips and guacamole was added. We sat and enjoyed the food again. And that really paid off because we got to try a sopapilla which is kind of like a fried doughnut. They were testing the recipe that night. And Otto himself came around and said hello. He was super friendly and we gave him great feedback.

All in all, we all agreed that this place was legit. Good food, good service. Even Mr. Matzo, the Mexican food skeptic, said he'd go back regularly. A win win for all.

Otto's Tacos
141 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(646) 678-4018


  1. This sounds really good. Hopefully remember when craving real Mexicano.

  2. I think I walked into this place randomly - is it on the same block as Pommes Frites? Must go back. HORCHATA MONSTER

    1. I don't think it's on the exact same block but it's down not very far. Maybe 1 block away.

      I'm not a huge horchata person in general but I really liked their version.


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