Paloma Taco & Tequila’s recipe for success

Paloma Taco & Tequila opened in July 2020, which could have been a disaster. With many well-established restaurants closing their doors, how could a brand new restaurant survive, let alone thrive? Against all odds, Paloma Taco did just that. Great food, fantastic drinks and a real community vibe were the recipe for success.

The cozy interior is full of bright colors. Tables and counter seats are suitably separated by plexiglass. Smiling staff and a pleasant kitchen team in an open kitchen immediately put diners at ease. During the warmer months, the outdoor patio offers additional seating options and is so dog-friendly that there’s a special taco on the menu just for the puppies.

Tacos !

There’s so much right about Paloma Taco food. For starters, everything on the menu is clearly labeled whether it’s available as gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan. The tacos, which are obviously the star here, come a la carte and with the choice of soft flour or corn shell, crispy queso shell, or served “naked” on a bed of shredded lettuce. People who just want a classic taco will love the Gringo All The Way! ($3.50) filled with ground beef, cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato.

For those wishing to try something more unique, there are several delicious options to choose from. Al Pastor de Paloma ($4) is made with incredibly tender stewed pork and topped with sweetened, roasted pineapple, cilantro and onion. The Crispy Sprout ($4), chock-full of seasoned, fried Brussels sprouts, which are topped with elotes corn, Cotija cheese and cilantro, is a crowd favorite and may even create a few new Brussels sprout fans. . Or try the inventive Tuna Poke Taco ($5) made with leek oil and soy sauce seasoned with Ahi tuna, lettuce, cabbage and topped with jalapeno, guacamole, pineapple and coconut seeds. sesame.

If a simple taco, or two, doesn’t quite sound like a meal to you, go for the Paloma Taco Pocket ($10-$14) which is basically one giant taco. They’ll stuff a grilled burrito shell with a tostada shell and add your choice of toppings – price varies depending on your choice of protein. Another good choice for a big appetite is The Usual Suspect Burrito ($12-$16), a huge burrito filled with cheese, salsa, cream, lettuce, your choice of protein, and fresh tortilla chips that add a delicious crunch.

Tequila!

With over 20 different varieties of tequila on the menu, this team knows what it’s all about. And, yes, there are plenty of options for margaritas ($8-$12) and palomas ($8-$9). Old Fashioned lovers should try their luck with the Spicy Mexican Old Fashioned ($8.50), featuring the expected muddled orange, cherry and soda, plus the unexpected Bittercube chipotle cocoa bitters, Sauza tequila infused with pineapple and jalapeno and a slice of fresh jalapeno!

A great addition to the Washington Heights neighborhood, we hope Paloma Taco and Tequila will be around for many years to come.