It’s Taco Time!

by Aisha Hasan

Coming from the south, specifically Houston, Texas, I was raised with any type of Tex-Mex available to me in all ranges.

Almost as good as tacos from Texas. 

When moving, a small concern of mine was losing access to food that I considered essential to me whenever undergoing stressful moments. Remembering that my new home was NYC, a cultural melting pot, I decided to scope out the best foods that I could. When my friend suggested going to Cascabel Taqueria on 108th and Broadway, I decided to give it a try.

After a short walk, I was welcomed by a waiter at the door who seated us immediately and brought us some water before giving us a few minutes to take our order.

Starting off with the guacamole, which was reasonably priced at $9, I would have to say it’s the best I’ve had out of Texas so far. It wasn’t too spicy, since we ordered mild, yet it still had a nice consistency and even amount of flavor through it.

Both the friends with whom I was eating ordered watermelon frescas and exclaimed how refreshing they were since the sun was blazing down on us that day.

After 10 minutes or so, we were given the much-anticipated tacos and, to my delight, they resembled the ones I enjoyed at the taquerias close to home. Already giving Cascabel points in my head for serving a taco in the proper manner, I picked up my veggie tacos (as seen in the photo) and took a bite.

Quite simply, it was a really good taco. Content with the amount of ingredients and the way it was served, I finished it off while awaiting my friends to comment on theirs.

My roommate, who is of Hispanic descent, commented that the tacos had satisfied her cravings (since moving from California) for Mexican food. We all left pleased to have found this quaint restaurant that is reasonably close to campus and inexpensive.

Overall rating: 9/10
(I can’t give a 10 because I haven’t tried other taquerias, but I will update once I have).

Aisha Hasan is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of Aisha Hasan.

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