New Yorkers starting to feel the winter bite could be forgiven for dreaming of swapping chilly for chilli and jumping in a camper van headed south for a stint hanging out in Mexico. The team from Tacombi did things the other way around – their journey began on the beach of Playa del Carmen in a VW converted to a taco van, but it’s now parked up under the bustling roof of Fonda Nolita on Nueva York’s Elizabeth Street.
The van occupies one wall of the taqueria, which looks and feels just as much a garage as a cantina. The unprepossessing building retains a functional character, with an energetic twist of Mexicana graphics and advertising everywhere you look. The vintage tables and seating have been shoehorned in to create a real neighbourhood atmosphere; the hub-bub is all part of the charm. Hearty street food from a variety of Mexican regions is on the menu here, and customers can order a good sized helping of Tacombi at Fonda Nolita for delivery by booking one of their VW vans to cater a function – there’s also a mobile version of the drinks kiosk too.