Jul 21, 2017

Where To Find Taco Tuesday In Astoria and Sunnyside

Get your fill of delicious tacos around town on Taco Tuesday.

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Four times the taco fun at Las Catrinas on Taco Tuesday

One of the happiest and most delicious days of the week is Taco Tuesday. Fun fact: the phrase “Taco Tuesday” was first used by WY-based Mexican food chain Taco John’s in the early 1980s, and they actually went ahead and trademarked the phrase, but it’s not enforced (they tried to do so and got some bad press as a result); and even then it’s only technically trademarked in 49 states—Gregory’s Hotel in Somers Point, NJ has the trademark there.

So there’s your history lesson for the day. Onward to the taco specials! Details have been provided to us by the restaurants listed.

Arriba Arriba

Here at Arriba Arriba, the Taco Tuesday special lasts all day long, and on top of that their happy hour is at the very same time. Taco fillings are extensive and there are options for a wide range of tastes and dietary needs/choices: carne asada (steak), grilled chicken, chicken tinga, mole, carnitas, al pastor, chorizo, bbq pulled pork (atop mac & cheese), baby back ribs, shrimp, Baja fish tacos, mushrooms & equities, and crispy duck in adobo.They offer a $2/each taco special as part of their Sunday brunch, too. Arriba Arriba, 40-15 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside


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Las Catrinas

At Las Catrinas, Taco Tuesday lasts all day and features a special of 2 tacos for $3. Just note that the two tacos must be the same (no mix or match), and this special excludes their Arabes and Pescado tacos. Choice of fillings include al pastor, carne asada, birria, carnitas, pollo, and nopal (cactus). Also from 4-6pm enjoy $6 classic margaritas, $5 white or red sangria, and $4 Modelo Negra and Especial. Las Catrinas NYC, 32-02 Broadway, Astoria

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Every Tuesday at Mojave enjoy $2 tacos filled with a choice of steak, chorizo, chicken, carnitas, or vegetarian. All are served with queso fresco, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, salsa verde and fresh lime. Pair your tacos with $3 seasonal draught beer or $5 Agavales 100% Blue Agave tequila shots. Mojave, 22-36 31st Street, Astoria


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Oliver’s Astoria

Each week Taco Tuesday starts at 5pm at Oliver’s. Tacos are $2.50/each and choice of fillings include ground beef (Oliver’s manager and WHA contributor Matt Archambault’s favorite), shredded chicken, barbacoa pork, and grilled veggies. Wash them down with $5 tequila shots and $5 select draughts. Oliver’s Astoria, 37-19 Broadway, Astoria


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Pachanga Patterson

At Pachanga Patterson, it’s Taco Tuesday each week from 5-10pm Tuesdays. Tacos are 2 or 3 per order, no mix or match. Here are the delicious fillings you expect to see. The following fillings cost $5 for two tacos, or $8 for three tacos:

  • Chorizo tacos—blacks beans, onions, avocado mayo, avocado salsa
  • Cochinita pibil—pulled pork, citrus onions
  • Al pastor—pork shoulder, grilled pineapple, dried chiles
  • Sweet corn & poblano—caramelized onions, cream, radish, lettuce
  • Tinga de pollo—chipotle chicken, radish, crema

The following fillings cost $7 for two tacos, $10 for three tacos:

  • Adobo shrimp—shrimp, mango habanero salsa, pineapple habanero aioli
  • Grilled steak—skirt steak, chipotle chimichurri, pineapple jalapeño salsa

Additionally, they have a late night special on Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 1am—you get a free taco with the purchase of a drink. Pachanga Patterson, 33–17 31st Ave, Astoria


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The Queens Kickshaw

On Tuesdays from 5:30pm-midnight (closing time) The Queens Kickshaw offers a special themed menu where they prepare three unique takes on vegetarian tacos. Two of the taco options are static, with the exception of [this week’s] Picante Tofu taco (Szechuan tofu, zucchini, sour cream); this special taco changes week to week and will include the fresh vegetables they have in house that week. The static tacos are Nopales (breaded & deep fried cactus, pico de gallo, cheddar and the Breakfast Taco (sunny eggs, pico de gallo, baby greens, cheddar). Each order is two tacos for $5; both tacos must be the same (so, no mix or match per order).

On the topic of this special themed menu, they also offer an assortment of plates to share (chips, guac, salsa, rice & beans), as well as cocktails that are made specifically for the menu. They rotate them seasonally and make them with infusions inspired by whatever enticing produce they find at the fruit stand that week. At the writing of this article, they are featuring mango. They offer the special cocktails as a shot, or as a margarita. We hear that the house infusions have been really popular so far. The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway, Astoria


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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.

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