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.
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.
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.