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Skip the crappy Mexican food at this Danny Meyer joint and order a margarita or michelada instead. The restaurant is inside Domino Park and has amazing views of the New York City skyline and the Williamsburg bridge. If you can secure a table, it’s a lovely spot to watch the sunset or day drink. The food, on the other hand, is among the worst Mexican we’ve had in the city. The chips taste like stale Tostitos bought at a rundown deli and the tortillas they serve the crappy tacos on are an embarrassment. Adding insult to injury, you’ll wait in line for a minimum of 30 minutes. Stick to burgers, Danny Meyer.
It’s the first taco stand for hospitality industry titan Meyer — the guy behind such establishments as Shake Shack and Union Square Cafe — and he’s tapped Barbara Garcia, Union Square Cafe’s former sous chef and an Aguascalientes, Mexico native, to oversee culinary operations at the restaurant. Meyer says that while he and plenty of other people have been eating tacos for a long time, he wanted to involve someone who grew up eating them… She put together a menu of six tacos to choose from, ranging from pork and mango to shrimp and chayote tartar to beef and salsa negra. There are two vegetarian options, too: a mushroom and elote sauce taco and a monterey and cotija cheese taco. Chips and guac, cheese chicharrones, and Mexican shrimp cocktail round out the snacks menu, and there’s a vanilla ice cream sandwich slathered with chocolate crunch on one side for dessert.
It’s a casual affair, with cocktails — including a mezcal negroni — coming in at under $10 and cans of rosé. There’s also draft wine and a tight list of three summery beers. Horchatas and Coke in glass bottles add to the summer vibes.
Tacocina is a taco spot from the people behind Shake Shack, which would be pretty exciting on its own. But it’s also located in Domino Park, a new outdoor space on the water in Williamsburg, and they have a bunch of picnic tables with great views of the river and Manhattan. So, the wait to order at this counter-service spot can stretch over an hour. Once you do get to the front of the line, get the fried mushroom and shrimp tacos, and some small plates, like cheese chicharrones and chips and guacamole. But the main reason you should come here is to drink margaritas on the water with a group. Have one friend get here early and wait in line, or day-drink here on weekends.