1538 2nd Avenue @ 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
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Cascabel Taqueria East has enjoyed enormous media exposure since its opening. So much success, that it has opened a west side branch and both are in the expansion process. The spic and span, no nonsense décor and modest prices are only part of the story. Add to this warm, friendly service, knock out cocktails, served in glass jars (costing as little as $6 at Happy Hour), and modern inventive takes on authentic Mexican cuisine that is better than many of the top Mexican restaurants we visited in Mexico City.
There is a short, inexpensive and well chosen wine list and loads of excellent beers as well as flights of Tequila and Mezcal. But food is the thing and it is fabulous, as is the amazing operation, which would clone beautifully.
Cascabel is named after the deep red chili peppers the. Menu is priced for the budget-conscious but created for the foodie, and broken into five categories: “(starters), (sides), “tacos,” “ (entrees) and (desserts).
Don’t expect standard Mexi-junk food. The owners and chef are serious and what the atmosphere lacks in a fine dining experience (super-casual), it more than makes up for in quantity, quality and pricing.
They serve modern interpretations of traditional Mexican dishes. The signature cashable tacos are made from dried corn, treated and softened in lime water, not unlike the Aztecs used centuries ago. Drinks try top-shelf drinks from the bar, or select from a wide selection of craft beers, micro brews and wine, as well as the finest tequilas and artisanal mescals.
Make sure you check out the seasonal cocktail menu regularly too. They also offer refreshing, handmade drinks, made from citrus fruits pressed in an authentic Mexican juice squeezer and mixed with seltzer and organic agave nectar. In the mood for sangria, they make it fresh daily.
Cascabel is a casual, Mexican Taqueria offering fresh, handcrafted fare, inspired by the markets of Mexico. We’re sure you’ll love our rocking tacos!
The house salsas and hot sauces are made to complement the food we serve. At Cascabel, It’s not just about food. From the moment you walk through the door, we invite you to relax with their Organic Tequilas, micro brews, and have fun piecing together your perfect meal!
Favorite dishes range from a first rate Guacamole Tradicional con TosTadas, served mild / medium / hot (go for the latter), spiked with grape tomato puree / thai chili / garlic / lime / cilantro.
Better yet are the stars of the appetizers: GordiTas con puerco, moist, tender and grease free heritage pork belly / chipotle honey glaze / cucumber / cilantro / masa cake. Absolutely to die for. Also loved the delicious blue crab / corn / fresh salsa / piquillo pepper aioli eloTe asado (more like elegant conch fritters). Grilled corn / mexican aioli / lime / cascabel chili / queso cotija / cilantro
rabano was cooked to perfection and succulent. Also a steal for $5.
Of the larger dinner plates, you can’t beat the Pollo asado, 1/2 rotisserie chicken / cascabel chili / creamed corn / cilantro / corn tortillas. Like a mirror image of chicken mole, with a white sauce, crushed nuts, herbs, spices and of course chiles. A masterful chicken dish! Also wonderful is carne a la plancha, grilled yucatan achiote strip steak / house made salsa verde / refried beans / rabano / red onion / cilantro. Pretty as a picture with its garnish of fresh sliced red radishes.
There’s great espresso and what desserts: a terrific Tres leche,s fluffy sponge cake soaked in three milks and the best churros, cinnamon spiced mexican doughnut, to dip in chilli chocolate sauce you’ll ever taste.
Packed, noisy and a “no-reservation” policy but, for really great, natural and affordable Mexican food and drink, Cascabel is a joy and belongs at the top of any foodie’s Mexican list.
Cascabel is located at 1538 2nd avenue @ 80th street and 2799 Broadway @ 108th street. You will enjoy both dining venues
Walman Report Rating: A Major
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PARA EMPEZAR starters
Guacamole Tradicional con TosTadas 9 mild / medium / hoT
grape tomato puree / thai chili / garlic / lime / cilantro
sopa de TorTilla 8
chicken / queso fresco / mexican oregano / fried pasilla / tortilla ribbons
avocado pummelo ensalada 8.5
grape tomato / rabano / cilantro / red onion / toasted coriander
ensalada luchador 9
bibb lettuce / grape tomato / fingerling potato / pickled jalapeno / queso fresco /
toasted pumpkin seed / rabano / tostada
Quinoa ensalada 8
organic quinoa / garbanzo bean / green chili / tomato / avocado / queso cotija
GordiTas con puerco 9
heritage pork belly / chipotle honey glaze / cucumber / cilantro / masa cake
Queso Fundido 9
chihauhua cheese / house made chorizo / roasted poblano / torillas
Quesadilla auTenTica 3
queso fresco / epazote leaf / tomatillo sauce
canGrejo Y maize FriTo 10
blue crab / corn / fresh salsa / piquillo pepper aioli
eloTe asado 5
grilled corn / mexican aioli / lime / cascabel chili / queso cotija / cilantro
breakfast radish / sea salt / mexican herbs / coarse black pepper
mexi WinGs 6pcs-8 / 12pcs-16
house made bbq sauce / cotija cheese dressing
cobb ensalada10 (add chicken 2 or shrimp 3)
romaine / sweet corn / avocado / rabano / tomato / pickled jalapeno / crispy
shallots / cotija cheese / chipotle ranch dressing
E A T • D R I N K • L O V E T A C O S E A T • D R I N K • L O V E T A C O S
SANDWICHERIA served with sweet potato fries lunch only
cemiTa poblano shredded berkshire pork butt / mango / oaxaca cheese / queso
fresco / smashed avocado / aioli / papalo 11
pollo TorTa shredded amish chipotle chicken / black bean spread / roasted
serrano relish / bibb lettuce / red onion / queso fresco / aioli / papalo 11
luchador burGer queso fresco stuffed chili relleno / black beans / avocado aioli /
chipotle ketchup 14
TACOS two per order 9.5 three 12.75 lunch only
pescado crispy yellowfin tuna belly / hearts of palm / olives / onions
camaron roasted shrimp / red onion / oregano / garlic / chili oil / black beans
lenGua braised veal tongue / spring onion / garlic oil / serrano / cabbage
pollo chipoTle amish chicken / avocado / spring onion / chicken chicharrón
baja Fish corn meal crusted tilapia / cabbage carrot cumin slaw / chipotle aioli
al pasTor chipotle achiote marinated pork / grilled pineapple / sauteed onions /
carne asada sliced yucatan achiote strip steak / oyster mushroom / house made
creme / crispy shallots / cilantro
carniTas slow roasted berkshire pork / pickled red onion / roasted chili de arbol /
crispy rice / culantro
chorizo house made mexican spiced sausage / smoked paprika / onion / cilantro
veGeTal oyster mushroom / bibb lettuce / fingerling potato / poblano /
queso fresco / house made creme
*add halF a luchador salad To Your Tacos 4.5 lunch only
BURRITOS served with sweet potato fries 14
carne asada sliced yucatan achiote marinated hanger steak / yellow rice / black
beans / pico de gallo / queso fresco
pollo chipoTle shredded amish chipotle chicken / yellow rice / black beans /
pico de gallo / queso fresco
chorizo house made mexican spiced sausage / yellow rice / black beans / pico de
gallo / queso fresco
carniTas slow roasted berkshire pork / yellow rice / black beans / pico de gallo /
veGeTal bibb lettuce / organic quinoa / garbanzo beans / pinto beans / corn /
olives / tomatoes / onions / carrots / cucumbers / oyster mushrooms / salsa verde
We are a casual mexican TaQueria, oFFerinG handcraFTed Fare inspired bY The
markets of mexico. We’re sure you’ll love our rocking tacos!
our house made salsas and hoT sauces are made To complemenT The Food We
serve. From The momenT You Walk ThrouGh The door, We inviTe You To relax
and enjoY our nuT and GluTen Free oFFerinGs, orGanic TeQuilas, micro breWs,
and have fun piecing together your perfect meal!
Buen provecho!CASCABEL TAQUERIA
Eat • Drink • Love Tacos
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EASTSIDE 1538 SECOND AVE @80ST (212) 717-7800
WESTSIDE 2799 BROADWAY @108ST (212) 665-1500
WE DELIVER DAILY 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
L E T U S C A T E R Y O U R N E X T E V E N T
ca s ca B E L – is a medium hoT mexican cherrY pepper WiTh seeds
ThaT raTTle around inside, hence iTs name cascabel or jinGle bell.
cascaBel’s cuisine is Best descriBed as “modern mexican With flair”
PARA ACOMPANAR on the side
Quinoa organic quinoa / queso cotija / onion / cilantro 5
Frijoles black beans / queso fresco / onion / cilantro 5
Quinoa y Frijoles queso cotija / queso fresco / onion / cilantro 6
cebollina green onions / garlic / ginger 4.5
pickled veGeTales tomatillo / sweet onion / tomato / jalapeno 4
baTaTas FriTas sweet potato fries / cilantro / cotija cheese 4
Yuca FriTa smoked paprika / chipotle aioli 4
PLATOS GRANDE dinner only plates
Pollo asado 14
1/2 rotisserie chicken / cascabel chili / creamed corn / cilantro / corn tortillas
puerco en adobo 14
adobe berskshire pork butt / cucumber / sauteed onion / tamarind / roasted
garlic / corn tortillas
carne a la plancha 15
grilled yucatan achiote strip steak / house made salsa verde / refried beans /
rabano / red onion / cilantro
Tilapia vera cruz 15
tomato / mexican oregano / golden raisin / caper berry / crispy garlic / red &
green olives / fresh lime juice / corn tortillas
DULCE desserts 4
Flan caramel custard
pasTel de Tres leches fluffy sponge cake soaked in three milks
churros cinnamon spiced mexican doughnut / chilli chocolate sauce
helado FriTo fried vanilla ice cream / chilli chocolate sauce
helado sampler vanilla / mexican cinnamon / coconut
Serving Mexican Street Food in New York City
In 2009, David Chiong and Elizabeth Gaudreau opened a tiny, funky, down town casual taqueria on the Upper East Side with a surprisingly sophisticated take on comida Mexicana. Cascabel Taquería is what happens when a restaurateur and an interior designer get together to bring Mexican street food to New York City to serve delicious tacos and more. The top quality and local ingredients, innovative cocktails, and energized atmosphere made them out grow their tiny restaurant. One year later, they moved two doors away to a larger corner space and in 2011, they opened another location on the Upper West Side near Columbia University in Morning Side Heights.