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Take the L Train: The Best Tacos in Williamsburg and Bushwick

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For several reasons, tacos have replaced burritos as my favorite Mexican entrée. Burritos top my list of foods to avoid on dates, unless I’m sure the dude will find it adorable when I drop half my meal in my lap. It’s easier to scrape up enough change from your bag to pay for a few tacos then a huge-ass burrito. Also, the burritos in New York are subpar, while the tacos are damn tasty. Cheap tacos are a main staple of my diet, and here’s my list of the best taco places in Williamsburg and Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Mr. Taco: Knickerbocker between Jefferson and Starr Streets, Bushwick
Mr. Taco doesn’t have a menu so much as a list of different foods drawn on poster board. The only sign outside is window paintings in the colors of the Mexican flag. The tacos are exactly what tacos should be'”double wrapped with corn tortillas and garnished with hunks of avocado, cilantro, and cotija cheese. The owners speak limited English, but their 12-year-old son is fluent enough to insist that his name is Marshal Mathers.

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos: 271 Starr St, Bushwick
For a while, my favorite part about living in Bushwick was smelling the tortilla factory I passed daily. Then I discovered Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos, which is a taco stand inside of a tortilla factory. The menu is pretty basic, just tacos and tostadas, but do you really need much else when you get to watch your tortillas get made?

Grand Morelos727 Grand St, Williamsburg
When I go to Grand Morelos, I spend the time waiting for my food wishing I knew Spanish while I get hypnotized while watching telenovelas. I completely forget about my desires for higher learning when I start inhaling my tacos. Their spicy green salsa is my favorite I’ve had outside of Austin. Grand Morelos also has the best selection of traditional meats, like chorizo, tongue, and even sometimes goat. Bonuses: they’re open 24 hours and have a bakery case full of five-for-a-dollar cookies. (I promise five is enough to make you feel like you developed diabetes in ten minutes).

The Taco Truck in the back of Union Pool: 484 Union Ave, Williamsburg
You can make all the jokes you want about going to Union Pool to do coke or a flannel wearing dude/girl in high-waisted shorts, but you should really be going there for the taco truck. The tacos are drenched in a sweet, spicy red salsa, covered in cilantro with a bit of green onions'they’re so freaking good that you won’t care if eating like a slob ruins your game.

LA Burritos
67 Wilson Ave, Bushwick; 287 Bedford Ave and 345 Graham Ave, Williamsburg
I get confused when I go into each LA Burrito location. They all play completely different music'”one will be playing 80s love ballads and another plays mariachi music. While the local chain ranks last for authenticity, they rank first in being brokeass friendly. A basic taco with black beans, pico de gallo, and jack cheese starts at $1.25, and goes down in price the more tacos you get. This means two tacos cost $2. I’m not a mathematician, but I’m sure it would cost you more to buy all the ingredients to make that yourself.

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.


  1. kitty
    August 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    cmon you know there are NO good tacos in williamsburg or bushwick. people please. you can tell by looking at that picture that they arent good.

    • Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
      August 21, 2009 at 7:37 pm

      In my opinion the only place to get decent tacos in NYC is up in Harlem. There’s some pretty edible shit up there, but it’s still not California.

  2. Allie
    August 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    You forgot about Loco Burrito on Graham!! THAT is the best green salsa I’ve ever had. Ever. Pure serrano puree. Tacos go mmmmm.

    • Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
      August 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm

      I’m gonna have totally disagree on Loco Burrito. I used to live above the one on Bushwick and it was vile!