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Luxe NYC Spots for Elevated Tacos
October 4, 2022, 6:05.32 pm ET


Photo: J-Spec

Wagyu Tacos at J-Spec in East Village, NYC

New York’s premier destination for wagyu, the world’s best beef, J-Spec serves the highest grade A5 Japanese wagyu as steaks, sushi, kebabs - and tacos! The Wagyu Tacos include pieces of orange braised wagyu brisket with lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. On Taco Tuesdays they offer a special of Wagyu Tacos with Suntory Premium Malt Beer. J-Spec is located at 239 E. 5th St., NYC; 212-287-0107 Reservations via Resy

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Shrimp and Crab-Fish Cake Gyoza Tacos at Gugu Room in Lower East Side, NYC

At Gugu Room, NYC’s first Filipino-Japanese izakaya, Chef/partner Aris Tuazon and Chef Markee Manaloto created a menu that highlights Filipino and Japanese cooking with elements from each cuisine weaving through dishes. Their tacos are just as unique and inventive, using crispy gyoza for taco shells in place of tortillas. The Ebi Tacos hold spicy rock shrimp with creamy mayo, while Kani Tacos include crab, fish cake and iceberg lettuce amped up with spicy sesame sambal aioli. Gugu Room is located at 143 Orchard Street, NYC; 646-329-6875; Reservations via Resy.

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Caviar + Tuna at Soogil in East Village, NYC

A veteran of Restaurant Daniel and Hanjan, Korean native Chef/owner Soogil Lim showcases his unique French-Korean cuisine that’s rooted in classic French technique and Korean cooking, while deftly combining Korean and French ingredients. Soogil’s Caviar + Tuna is a playful taco of Black Diamond Kaluga caviar, tuna tartare, watermelon radish, and finger lime crème fraiche in seaweed potato taco shell (served as part of their tasting menu). Soogil is located at 108 E 4th St, NYC; 646-838-5524; Reservations via Resy


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