Cascabel Taqueria East

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Cascabel Taqueria East Cascabel Taqueria East in New York’s Upper East Side is a casual taco joint with great grub & lots of tequila. Visit Mexico via NYC with Party Earth. New York United States 40.774009 -73.954277
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Party Earth Review Wrapping the hard-shelled authenticity of a food truck with the flour-soft comfort of a sit-down restaurant, Cascabel Taqueria East lives by the motto that patrons should “eat, drink, and love tacos.” Originally a counter... ... read full review

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    4, 6: 77 Street / Lexington Avenue; 4, 5, 6: 86 Street / Lexington Avenue

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  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 11am–midnight, F–Sa 11am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Cascabel Taqueria East Review

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Cascabel Taqueria East in New York’s Upper East Side is a casual taco joint with great grub & lots of tequila. Visit Mexico via NYC with Party Earth.

Wrapping the hard-shelled authenticity of a food truck with the flour-soft comfort of a sit-down restaurant, Cascabel Taqueria East lives by the motto that patrons should “eat, drink, and love tacos.”

Originally a counter-service establishment, the expanded venue’s interior is awash in a citrus explosion of lemon and lime, with the otherwise bare walls peppered with photos of masked luchadores a la Nacho Libre.

Long high-top tables meant for communal dining and smaller tables for more intimate groups account for most of the seating, though there is also a bar full of organic tequila and microbrews crammed in one corner and a wraparound patio out front that usually offers more breathing room.

Regularly busy, the large crowd manages to seem subdued by a layer of calm as flip-flopped locals sip $6 margaritas during the weekday Happy Hour, which kicks off at a vacation-friendly 4pm.

Colorful tacos ranging from traditional faves to inventive varieties like veal tongue and cornmeal-crusted yellow fin are the stars of the show, but tables are also inevitably loaded with pints and salt-rimmed mason jars, the contents of which keep noise levels high later in the evening.

By Thursday, dinner time can mean a wait for a seat (como se dice “No Reservations?”) as hip young professionals pre-game over tequila flights and couples get giggly over booze-laced snow cones.

But even with a little wrestling required, getting a spot at Cascabel Taqueria East is worth the fight to get in, get tacos, and leave tipsy.

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Tip from Emma:

Follow Cascabel on Twitter for nightly specials, seasonal deals, and giveaways. And during brunch you can add an all-you-can-drink option for $12 that includes bottomless sangrias, mimosas, and Bloody Marys!

  • Crowd

    Taco fans, tequila tasters, Upper East Siders looking to mix up their dinner routine, groups of über-casual friends, couples, young families with a kid or two in tow, old families who kicked the kids out a long time ago, mid-20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music barely audible beneath the din.

    Four flat-screens usually tuned to sports and usually ignored.

    Masked wrestlers staring down menacingly from the walls. “¡¡¡¡¡ ATANGANA!!!!!!”

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of kicked-up Mexican grub including tacos with shrimp, veal tongue, pork butt, and tuna, as well as sandwiches, steaks, and a handful of desserts.

    Daily food specials.

    Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7–$10, appetizers $6–$10, tacos $8.50, entrées $12–$14.50, desserts $2–$4. Beer $4+, wine $9, cocktails $12, margaritas $11.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, polos, flip-flops, traditional office attire, tank tops, sundresses, Hawaiian shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for a packed dinner scene, weekends for a busy but more relaxed brunch, or weekdays for Happy Hour and a healthy crowd.

  • Close By

    Swig (1629 Second Avenue) keeps the relaxed vibe going with budget-friendly drinks, burgers, and traditional Irish favorites.

Cascabel Taqueria East User Reviews

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Tiny, Tasty, and Tacos
Loren D. Feb 21, 2013
Whether your plan is drinks with friends, a date, or a casual lunch, the intimate (aka, small) Cascabel always feels like the right choice. Nestled among the not-so-happening streets of the Upper East Side, each trip to this local favorite taqueria is a transportive experience. Bold colors and festive decor brighten even the dampest of days, and the lucha libre masks that line the walls definitely add a nice touch. Authenticity is the key to Cascabel’s scrumptious tacos, which veer towards the traditional without holding back on taste. Not sure what to order? My go-to dinner duo is the chicharrón topped pollo chipotle taco and a cheesy elote asodo (grilled corn) on the side. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the veal tongue flavored with serrano chili. For a satisfying lunch on a chilly winter’s day, you can’t go wrong with a giant bowl of sopa de tortilla. Whatever you order, be sure to wash it all down with a salty, delicious-- and thankfully, affordable-- margarita (and keep ‘em coming, please).
Mediocre Mejicano
Jaclyn W. Nov 29, 2012
So my go-to date spot is Penrose in the UES, however, last night for some reason it was over-packed and neither one of us felt like we wanted to run into anyone we knew from college. It was freezing out and after racking our brains for five minutes, we decided just to walk and stumbled upon Cascabel. Being that it was 10pm on a Wednesday night, the place was pretty empty. I guess that isn't a bad thing though because seating is limited. There's a bar up front, tiny tables scattered around the floor, another counter with black stools and then two stools perched awkwardly in-between window sills around the room. I ordered a traditional margarita on the rocks that was served in a mason jar. It was alright. My date ordered Jack Honey with ginger-ale the entire night. I switched over to tequila and club and then joined him with the ginger-ale eventually. The ginger-ale tasted extremely sweet and had a vanilla after taste. I actually asked the waitress about it, but she had no idea. We ordered chips and guacamole, which I did not quite understand. The guacamole was fine, but the chips were four huge corn tortillas that you had to break yourself. Not only was there not enough chips, but how awkward is that? I definitely would not go there for food nor with a large group. It's fine for someone you are dating or know extremely well and can occupy yourselves with lots of alcohol and good conversation. Also, if you need to catch a basketball game they had about three TVs surrounding the place, so regardless where you are seated, you'll still be able to catch the score.
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