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El Gallo Taqueria in Times Square Offers Some Bang for the Buck
August 5, 2023, 9:42.44 am ET


Dining out these days can ben an expensive proposition. But not at El Gallo Taqueria, a new Mexican spot at 609 9th Avenue near 43rd Street.

El Gallo, which means “the rooster” in Spanish, comes with a bit of history. It begins with two Mexican immigrants, Minerva De Torres and Herminio Torres Sr, who arrived in 1997 and opened a bodega in South Brooklyn and then a restaurant called El Charrito. They later sold the business. As the story goes, twenty years later, two of their children opened El Gallo Taqueria in the same spot. Now they are spreading their wings with this new addition in Times Square.

The space is bright and airy with white subway tiles on the walls, tin ceiling and comfortable seating. Graffiti-style artwork lines both sides of the restaurant giving off a very New York City vibe.

Enter the menu. Tacos with various fillings start at $4. Fillings include grilled chicken marinated in herbs and spices, or shredded chipotle chicken, as well as Al Pastor, Birria, Carne Asada, Pan-seared Fish, and Mushroom & Avocado, among others. Corn tortillas are doubled up with a generous portion of filling topped with shredded cilantro and radishes. They are served with chipotle mayo at three varying heat levels.

Diners will also find a 13-inch burrito, quesadillas, enchiladas, tortas and pozole, a white hominy corn soup served with lime wedges and piquin chili powder. Tamales - Rojo (red) filled with guajillo rubbed pork or Rajas (green) with jalapeno, onion and cheese - are just $2.50 each. Among the desserts is a churro bowl filled with Mexican cinnamon ice cream and dulce de leche.

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