Astoria, Restaurants Sep 15, 2014 Some Things to Look Forward to at Tacuba The WHA staff is pretty excited about the opening of Tacuba, Chef Julian Medina’s newest restaurant. We plan to be there on opening night—September 16, tomorrow– and are looking forward (…) Share this Scoop by Meg Cotner total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print The WHA staff is pretty excited about the opening of Tacuba, Chef Julian Medina’s newest restaurant. We plan to be there on opening night—September 16, tomorrow– and are looking forward (…) by Meg Cotner Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Hello, Cinco De Mayo! Where to Drink and Eat in Astoria On M (...) New Year’s Eve 2017 in Astoria and LIC Five Options for National Margarita Day in Astoria and LIC The WHA staff is pretty excited about the opening of Tacuba, Chef Julian Medina’s newest restaurant. We plan to be there on opening night—September 16, tomorrow– and are looking forward to the tasty eats we’ve heard about over the months. Here are some of the things we’ve learned will be on the menu, and indeed we want to try them all. Photo credit: Tacuba Guacamole ($11) will be made tableside with avocado, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and Serrano chiles, and will come with house-made chips and a roasted tomato salsa. Camarones Para Pelar ($15) features poached shrimp dusted with tajin seasoning (dried chile peppers, salt and lime) and coated in a watermelon barbecue sauce. Peruano ($13) is a Peruvian style ceviche made of fresh fluke, rocoto leche de tigre (spicy tiger’s milk), red onion, crunchy corn nuts, authentic Peruvian corn, and sweet potatoes. Empanadas (fried) include Chicken Tinga, Chopped Steak Picadillo, Shrimp and Huitlacoche, and Mexican cheese ($7 for two). They come with a salsa de rocoto and jalapeño. Carnitas tacos ($13) feature suckling pig, fresh made guacamole, and tomatillo salsa, topped with chopped onion and cilantro. Pulpo y Chorizo ($13) mixes octopus, chorizo, melted Mexican cheese, pickled habanero, red onions and a chipotle salsa. Calabazita con Jamaica ($10), features zucchini, sweet corn, crispy hibiscus flowers and pickled jalapeños. Mariscada en Molcajete ($26) consists of a plate of shrimp, octopus, clams, tilapia and cilantro rice in a garlicky mojo de ajo sauce. Photo credit: Tacuba The drinks side of things include a variety of tequilas and mezcals. With the Tequila Trio ($12, $16, $35) you’ll get to taste Blanco to Reposado and Añejo. Head Mixologist Artemio Vasquez (formerly of East Village hotspot PDT) has created a variety of cocktails for sharing, and many focus on fresh fruit. Image by Tacuba The Pina ($12 each, $20 for two) is served in a whole pineapple filled with Fidencio Mezcal Jovan, pineapple juice, jalapeño, fresh cilantro, agave, and lime juice. The La Sun-Dia is made with Cazadores Blanco, jalapeño infused Cointreau, St. Germain. Watermelon, fresh lime and tajin seasoning served in a hollowed out watermelon ($40). The Coco Loco ($15) is a young coconut infused-‐Lunazul Blanco, Tanqueray Gin, Vermouth, coconut water and fresh lemon, served in a young coconut, and can also be shared. The Michelada ($8) starts with your choice of beer, and comes with six peel & eat shrimp, Valentina hot sauce, fresh lime and a tajin rim. Beer is also offered on tap as well as bottled. All margaritas and cocktails are available by the glass and pitcher. Tacuba Cantina Mexicana, 35-01 36th St., Astoria, NY 11106, (718) 486-2727, tacubanyc.com Twitter Facebook Email Print beercevichecoconutempanadasfresh fruitguacamolemargaritasmicheladaseafoodshrimptacosTacuba About Meg Cotner Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver. Related scoops Hello, Cinco De Mayo! Where to Drink and Eat in Astoria On M (...) New Year’s Eve 2017 in Astoria and LIC Five Options for National Margarita Day in Astoria and LIC 4 Comments DrummerGuy September 17th, 2014 That’s an impressive-looking tequila selection! Reply Mexican restaurant Tacuba opens in Astoria | QueensCourier.com September 17th, 2014 […] The restaurant’s menu includes Mexican favorites such as tacos with homemade corn tortillas, various flavors of empanadas, guacamole and peruano, to name a few dishes. Take a look at more of the menu at We Heart Astoria. […] Reply Wes September 15th, 2014 Are those entrée prices? If so, that’s amazing- I worried this would be another S-Prime type place, as far as price point, but I’m happy to be wrong about that. 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