From pancakes to burgers, we always say yes when asked if we want anything topped with “the works.” If you also have this automatic-reply setting turned on, you should override it when you go to Taqueria Emilio. The tacos are big on their own, and they become fork-and-knife dishes when topped with everything from cucumbers and radishes to sour cream and cheese. Most importantly, all the toppings mask the flavor of the meat, and the juicy al pastor and tender lengua are the reason you should come to this all-day counter-service spot in the first place.
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Grandpa’s Brick Oven Pizza
Grandpa’s Brick Oven Pizza is an Inwood slice shop where you should be getting cheese-filled carbs after 10pm.
The original location of Patacon Pisao in Inwood serves great fried plantain sandwiches out of a food truck.
John’s Fried Chicken
John’s Fried Chicken is a counter-service spot with incredible fried chicken and Dominican side dishes.
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The Empellón in MIdtown is bigger and fancier than either of the Empellóns downtown, and it’s good to know about if you work in the area.
La Contenta is a Mexican bar and restaurant on the Lower East Side that’s the ultimate neighborhood hang for fish tacos and tequila.
La Esquina Del Camarón Mexicano
La Esquina Del Camarón Mexicano is a tiny, cash-only spot in the back of a bodega, and it’s a wonderful place to eat a cup of shrimp and octopus.
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The Uptown Garrison
The Uptown Garrison is an all-day spot in Washington Heights that works for coffee at 8am or cocktails and bar food at midnight.
El Floridita Restaurant
Floridita is a Cuban spot in Washington Heights that serves one of the best Cubano sandwiches in the city.
Malecon is a Dominican spot in Washington Heights that specializes in rotisserie chicken.
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