I don’t know about you but I love tacos and I’m pretty sure I could eat them all the time. A few weeks ago, I met up with Amanda Mactas of Manhattan With a Twist at Salvation Taco. We both love Mexican cuisine and heard a ton about the restaurant that opened recently in the Murray Hill area of East Side Manhattan. It’s conveniently located in the Pod 39 Hotel off East 39th Street. The Executive Chef of Salvation Taco is no other than Chef April Bloomfield, the brains behind well-known NYC establishments such as The Spotted Pig & The Breslin, which I have yet to eat at but I’m sure that won’t be long. This is her first Mexican concept and I heard good reviews for the most part, I mean you really can’t go wrong with artisanal cocktails and affordable tacos, right?!
As I mentioned the restaurant is located right in the Pod 39 Hotel. It has a hip look to it and even a rooftop (I didn’t get to see it though). It was pretty busy for a Thursday night and we were fortunate to get a seat when we did. The cocktails were all so unique so I decided to try the Weathervane to start and that was delicious. It took us awhile to decide what to eat but we figured we’d begin with the chips and guac and the chiccharones con ceviche. Those came out quickly and were great and flavorful. They were also relatively affordable for city Mexican cuisine. The chips and guac were great and a good portion for two people to share. I personally loved the chiccharones con ceviche because it was my two favorite dishes married into one and the Colombian side of me could not get enough. Of course after devouring our appetizers that called for round dos of cocktails, so I got the Salvation Margarita which was delicious and paired great with our tacos. Salvation Taco is unlike any taqueria in the city and serve you mini tacos for about $3-4 a pop and range anywhere from a Morrocan naan taco to a traditional braised beef taco so we
each tried a little bit of each. My favorite was the steak of course, which was cooked to perfection.
Let me tell you, bringing two food bloggers into a Mexican restaurant is dangerous especially when it has extremely unique and tempting desserts which means we had to try them all, and we did. The desserts ranged from unique ice creams to a twist on traditional Mexican favorites. I really loved the chocolate pudding and the churros. I was so full and for a three-course meal on the East Side of NYC the price was well worth it. Next time I’d definitely want to sit on the rooftop and try some of the dishes we didn’t try. I’d highly recommend it to anyone and think Bloomfield is inventive and does her Mexican food justice. I would definitely go back to Salvation Taco and get the cocktails I did again and try the tacos I didn’t get to try next time!