Choza Taqueria: Not Just Your Typical Fast-Food Taco Joint
By Miss Jane
Upon first entering the fairly new location for Choza Taqueria, there’s the usual set up for a taco spot: fresh ingredients, buffet-style behind a Plexiglas wall, with servers scooping out the meat, sauces, and condiments of the customer’s choice; a cash register at the counter; tables and chairs set up nearby; photos of stacked cans, fruits and veggies.
But don’t get this mixed up with any other popular taco spot: the ingredients and flavors are what make Choza stand out among the rest.
The Madison Avenue eatery, which has another location in downtown Manhattan’s Open Air Café, offers tacos made traditionally Mexican–with a gourmet flair.
From veggie to pork to beef, you can enjoy soft tacos, burritos, Mexican bowls, and grilled corn either for lunch, take-out, or for a quick sit-in bite with friends. Tacos are filled with toppings specially matched with meats and prepared fresh right in front of you.
My favorites were the pork taco, which was paired with pickled carrots and union and fresh cilantro, and the grilled corn, which is topped with a chili cream sauce that had me licking my fingers! We finished our meal with Jarritos (or Mexican sodas); The grapefruit and Jamaica Jamaica flavors were refreshing and a great ending to our meals.
If you have more of an appetite, try the beef burrito, which my guest loved, with its savory, juicy meat that was nothing like the usual offered at other taco eateries. (The meat had been marinated in spices before being grilled.)
Choza has daily specials that constantly change. I was saddened to find that one of the day’s specials – tamales—were all out. They must’ve been pretty good considering the chef had prepared them fresh that morning and were already out of them by early evening.
According to the owner, who lived in Southern California and has a love for Mexican cuisine, none of the dishes are fried except for the chips and dip, which by the way come with an excellent guacamole dip made fresh at the restaurant.
This is a quick-eat spot that will have you asking yourself whether you’ll want to ever have to say “make that a supreme” again. And though Choza is similar in concept to that other very popular burrito spot with the same first letter in its name, Choza provides yet another refreshing option for lunch or dinner. And who doesn’t like options?