Taculito (little ass tacos) is a Mexico City-style taco popup on Friday nights at Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin Street). The chefs, Giovanni Cervantes and Maria Romero, both have creative day jobs and thought it would be fun to fill the taco void in Greenpoint by sharing their kitchen skills and love of traditional Mexican street food. Giovanni is a portrait photographer with a Greenpoint studio and Maria is a textile and fashion designer. Giovanni grew up in Mexico City and lived there until he moved to New York in 2011. Maria was born in Mexico City, raised in Spain and returned to Mexico for college, arriving in New York after a stint living in Italy. Because of their backgrounds, they share a deep affection for authentic Mexican food, which can be difficult to find in New York City.
The special taco we had was fish with pineapple, and it might have been our favorite. But honestly it was difficult to choose which one was the tastiest; the steak was cooked to smoky perfection over a charcoal grill, the housemade chorizo was a taste explosion, and the veggie had just the right texture. And they’re cheap, starting at $3.50 per taco. Pair them up with a couple Modelos (Giovanni’s recommended pairing beer) and you’re in delicious business.
For now, Taculito will be servin’ ’em up every Friday until Giovanni and Maria decide to pack it up in search of another creative endeavor. So get there and try their delicious fare before it leaves the ’hood.