Toloache Taqueria: Do We Finally Have Good Mexican In The FiDi?
In what may have been the quickest turnaround of making a sandwich shop into a taco one, Toloache Taqueria opened last week on Maiden Lane (btw. Gold & William). This was a big deal for lunch’ers in the Financial District because we are barren down here for good tacos and tortas. I was there during their first real day of service, because someone had to eat fancified Mexican food for research purposes.
You can tell they really used a lot of the elements from previous tenant Swich in designing this place including the giant chalkboard menu in the front. Actually it looks mostly the same with the addition of electric yellow tables and some fancy black tile. And hopefully the insane orange sign out front is intended to cover the old Swich one instead of being permanent.
Since it’s a taqueria I opted for an order of tacos ($8.27) although the tortas ($6.43) sitting behind the glass did look tasty and are a good size for the price. All of the items on the menu have weird prices – I guess so they’ll come out to an even amount after tax. They do have burritos, salads and some interesting soups like pozole and fideos but I mostly saw people eating tortas or tacos.
They let you mix and match taco fillings, which worked out well for review purposes. There’s a good selection of fillings and I went for one chicken, one Mexican chocolate glazed pork and one suadero (negra modelo braised brisket). The pork and chicken were both really good, and my least favorite was the brisket because it was pretty dry. I kicked myself after I had ordered and noticed there was a huitlocoche filling way down at the bottom of the wall menu along with tilapia. The corn tortillas didn’t disintegrate even though there was only one per taco.
This is a great addition to the stretch of Maiden that mostly has chain restaurants. Between that and Caliente Mexican Grill the FiDi is definitely getting stronger on the Mexican food front. And any restaurant that serves Mexican Coke can’t be all bad.
Toloache Taqueria, 83 Maiden Lane (btw. Gold & William), (212) 809-9800