Sunnyside Taco

Technically called “Sunnyside Fresh Taco” (based on what it says in the menu), this small Mexican take-out place is located on Greenpoint Ave between 42nd and 43rd streets. The cooks appear to all be Chinese, but that doesn’t prevent them from making some descent Mexican food.

Sunnyside Taco

Sunnyside Taco

There are two small tables inside, but this restaurant is clearly aimed at the take-out/deliver crowd. The menu includes a large variety of tacos, burritos, salads, quesadillas, and fajitas (which you can even buy by the pound). Prices are very low, with almost no item exceeding $6, and many being much cheaper.

Nachos with guacamole

Nachos with guacamole

Motivated by the low prices and an assumption the dishes would be small, I ordered what ended up being an excessive amount of food for 2 people (which still only cost $18, including tax and tip!).These nachos with guacamole ($4) were actually the worst of all the dishes, as may be evident by the picture itself. The cheapest kind of cheese formed a blob in it of itself, while all the bland tortilla chips were stuck together and difficult to separate. The guacamole was very liquidy, and overall this whole concoction was less than appetizing.

Black bean soft taco

Black bean soft taco

The tacos all come in “soft” (seen here) or “crispy” varieties, for the same price. I was curious what one could get for a mere $1.09. and here it is. Basically, a soft shell filled with black beans – which were actually quite good! The size is difficult to tell here, but these tacos are relatively small. The tinfoil, by the way, is the original they wrap them in.

Crispy chicken taco

Crispy chicken taco

This crispy chicken taco was the best value for your money from all the items I ordered. Meat-based tacos are $1.79, but it’s definitely worth it, as the come with cheese, lettuce, and some tomato. Two of these for lunch could certainly be enough if you’re not super hungry!

Jack cheese with chicken quesadilla

Jack cheese with chicken quesadilla

Our multi-course meal continues with this cheese and chicken quesadilla ($3), which was pretty much the same as the taco (even volume-wise), except more expensive and in a different shape. So not bad, but in the future I would just get more of the tacos instead. The worst part in all these dishes was the cheese – the cheapest kind you can get.

Chicken burrito

Chicken burrito

And finally, the piece de resistance of our meal was this chicken burrito ($5) which was significantly larger than the tacos, and filled with chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and guacamole, with a bit of salsa on the side. Was it great? No. Was it sufficiently good and worth the price? Absolutely.

 

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One response to “Sunnyside Taco

  1. I’d probably avoid this place at ALL costs! THere are SO many good Mexican places in the neighborhood! More authentic (and better presentation) than this! De Mole of course, Haab, Real Sante Fe (very good), and of course El Vagabundo truck). If you want quick tasty authentic tacos and/or a tostada Rincon Azteca up the street is good as is Real Santa Fe!

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