This is a sizzling report from our new correspondent, Tucson Girl:
Tucson Girl had a hankering for tacos, and while NYCTACO was MIA on the janky 6 train trapped under Manhattan, she indulged in the company of her good friend Phoenix Girl.
MXco is on Second Avenue and 78th St., and while few things can get Tucson Girl up to the Upper East Side, this was an exciting treaty treat. MXco (UES code for Mexico??) had rather awesome décor with a smorgasbord of beautiful Mexican tile and neat maraca chandeliers.
Though the Arizona Girls opted for the unimaginative though nationalistic choices of Blue Moon and Sierra Nevada, MXco had quite a spate of Mexican beers on draft.
The Girls ordered one Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco and one Achiote Pollo Taco ($9 for the pair), gorging themselves on yummy warm tortilla chips and also-yummy chipotle salsa. Two baskets of chips later, their tacos arrived with an adorable shot glass of ranchero salsa with fusion-y dollops of aioli and olive oil to color up the plate.
Tucson Girl’s chicken taco, though an alarming shade of red, was very good and not as spicy as anticipated, striking a balance between heat and sweetness with little chunks of pineapple. Not expecting pineapple in her taco, she was a little put off, especially since warm pineapple is kind of weird, amiright?
Phoenix Girl’s fish taco was light and delicious with a little bit of cabbage and caramelized red onions—Tucson Girl even had a bite, which she enjoyed, which is kind of a big deal to anyone that knows how repulsed she is by fish.
Once all the tacos and chips were gone, NYCTACO showed up hungry and guilty for having cabbed it uptown. Though he missed the tacos, he drowned his disappointment in a frozen margarita which made him happy again.
In all, MXco is worth a taco pit stop if you’re in the East 70s. A bit more expensive than the Arizona Girls are used to paying for Mexican food, but the beautiful atmosphere, football congeniality and good company made up for it in spades.