‘Taco Mix’ LES Location Revealed on Delancey Street

Posted on: August 21st, 2018 at 5:00 am by

An acclaimed Spanish Harlem taqueria is head south to the Lower East Side.

Taco Mix, founded on East 116th Street in 1991, is known for its al pastor tacos, and considered by many as one of the city’s best. Its chosen downtown shop is to be headquartered at 156 Delancey Street, part of the one-story strip mall near the Williamsburg Bridge. The eatery reportedly signed a ten-year lease on the 606 square-foot store – previously the Happy Wok Chinese takeout restaurant that recently shuttered – and should open imminently. (You’ll recall that this property is currently on the market for $14.5 million.)

Taco Mix was one of the first restaurants in the city to introduce al pastor tacos, which use meats prepared on shwarma spit-grills. The street-style food is based on a Central Mexican cuisine adopted from the Christian Lebanese immigrants that settled the area. Alejo Sanchez, who runs the restaurants with his parents, attributes its success to a “special recipe.”

“You can smell that tender crispy pork with the nice seasoning,” Sanchez told the Jackson Heights Post. “People are looking for an experience.”

Although al pastor has become popular across the city, Taco Mix has maintained its popularity because it is one of the only restaurants where the pork roasts on a spit near the front counter, Sanchez said.

Taco Mix had already expanded to Brooklyn last year. This Delancey Street location debuts in the fall, preceded by a fourth outpost in Jackson Heights, Queens.

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