Tostadas, Quesadillas and Tacos at Tacombi


267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
Rating: 5/5.
Ideal for: Family Gathering, Friends Gathering, Quick Lunch.
Price: High-Price.

I was meeting my friend for lunch and she suggested Tacombi. I didn’t know what to expect, except that it was a Mexican place. When I walked across the I fell immediately in love. The outside looks like a typical Latin store, with the name of the restaurant, painted on the white bricks. Right on the left side of the door, there is a small paletas (ice pop snacks, think of a popsicle that is water-based) cart that looks exactly like the ones back in Mexico and even Venezuela.

The restaurant is filled with natural light that makes you feel you are eating outside. It has an old Volkswagen van stationed in the restaurant that is used as a bar, and it is next to the hostess’s station that is decorated with a pineapple.

I love pineapple, and although it offers pineapple juices I skipped it and ordered an agua de jamaica (hibiscus tea) to go with my meal. Back at home, I would drink agua de jamaica with lemon with every meal of the day. I loved it. This one was served with some agave on the side to make the drink a little sweeter, which went perfectly well with the food I ordered.

As any person who goes to a Mexican place, I ordered the guacamole with totopos (corn chips) as an appetizer. The guacamole was extremely creamy, packed with the flavors from the pepper and onions, and the chips were homemade. These chips, in particular, were a little too spicy for me, but nothing the agua de jamaica couldn’t control.

Whoever meets me assumes I love spicy food. Sure, I am Latina, but I can’t eat anything spicy. See for example Buffalo sauce. I can’t even have a drizzle of it because it will burn my mouth and throat. I hated it until I tried the avocado tostada at Tacombi. The avocado tostada was made on a homemade crunchy corn tortilla and topped with black beans, avocado, pickled onions, and cheese! It was extremely delicious and the perfect snack before my quesadillas.


What I liked the most about these quesadillas is how authentic they are. See, they barely have any cheese compared to the Mex-Tex ones. It was also made with chihuahua cheese on a homemade tortilla. I topped it with avocado and a little of the pickled onions from the tostada. I absolutely loved it. The cheese was gooey, the guacamole was creamy and the tortilla was both soft and crunchy.

Jewtina Tips: Order to share. Everything is delicious and you’ll want to try every item of the menu.

Teenu- Disfruta- Enjoy!