What: Two Mexican Happy Hours in Manhattan within 2 blocks of each other
Where: The Taco Shop in Greenwich Village and Yuca Bar in the East Village
Who: Friends who can’t find the time to go to Mexico
Why: Because who doesn’t love Margaritas?
Happy hour choice 1: The Taco Shop
I started off my venture at the Taco Shop located on the serene and confusing streets of Greenwich Village. They offer happy hour from 4-7 p.m. every day. For $12, you can get three tacos (mix and match) with one margarita. There was one other couple in the bar so we were seated right away and greeted by a super friendly waiter. The décor was simple with exposed brick everywhere (my favorite aspect of New York). But enough of the chit-chat, let’s get right into the drinks.
Food and drinks: If you were to break down the deal, it’d be $3 even for the margarita and each of the three tacos, which in theory sounds like a steal. HOWEVER, LET ME TELL YOU IT WAS NOT WORTH IT.
My margarita was the saltiest yet non-flavored drink I have EVER had. It literally tasted like they went down to the beach, scooped up some water, put some orange dye in it and sent it out to me. I was extremely disappointed considering the fact that I paid an extra $1 to make it taste like mango. The fish tacos came and while they usually never fail to put a smile on my face, the ones they brought me were straight up depressing. It’s like the chef had never heard of seasoning. Not only were they extremely bland but they were also very dry.
My sea-salt flavored margarita
Happy hour choice 2: Yuca Bar
After I confessed my horrible experience to a friend of mine, he was determined to turn my happy hour around with a visit to Yuca Bar located on 7th and Avenue A. Every time I pass by this place it is super crowded, but luckily we were able to get a table relatively quickly on a Sunday night. The first thing that stood out to me was the fact that they have a food/drink special every night of the week. Lucky for us, Sunday night was taquito night and margaritas were $8. We ordered yuca fries, taquitos, chips and guacamole, and several margaritas and let me tell you it was delicious.
Food and drinks: The failed taste of the food at the Taco Shop was made up for at Yuca Bar. It was absolutely amazing, and that’s not just the margaritas talking. The service was quick, the drinks were savory and strong but without that blatant liquor or overtly sweet taste. I got the taquitos de pescado and was not disappointed. They were flavorful with just the right amount of spice. After that, we moved on to the desserts. We got the Spanish bread budding and the tres leches. I wish I could find the right words to describe how incredible they were. I’d like to think I’m a bit of a bread pudding connoisseur and this was hands down the best I’ve ever had.
Winner for your Mexican happy hour: YUCA BAR
I’m not sure if I even need to wrap this up but really, go to Yuca Bar any day of the week and you’ll score a great deal while being blown away by how good the food is. But, I mean, if sea salt flavored margaritas are your thing, then by all means visit the Taco Shop. #sorrynotsorry