Trend: Unorthodox Taco Shells

Tacos are typically just a cheap quick meal when you are craving Mexican food. Not in New York, your options are no longer just soft or hard shell, corn or flour tortilla, chicken or beef. There are new vehicles in town for our beloved tacos and they are getting some Asian influence.

1. Los Tacos No. 1: Cheese Taco Shell- Chelsea Market, Chelsea (Map)

While Los Tacos No. 1 might just seem like a popular Mexican stand in Chelsea Market serving up tacos and quesadillas. The real gem of this place is off the menu and asking for this special will be sure to bring a smile to your server. If you aren’t a cheese-lover this isn’t a taco for you because that is a taco shell fully made of cheese, grilled cheese directly on the grill. If you like those little almost burnt bits of cheese you will love this taco.


I went with the Carne Asada with all of the toppings and it did not disappoint, although the extra cheese does make this a heavy meal so one is all I can handle.

2. Yo! Sushi: Deep Friend Nori Taco Shell- Chelsea (Map)

Yo! Sushi has made its way over the pond and back into my life. Conveyor belt sushi is not a new concept but new to a lot of New Yorkers. You don’t have to just order off the menu. Your meal zooms past you on a conveyor belt and you choose on the spot what you want to eat next. While most come for the sushi, the most surprising item I found on the menu is the Nori Taco. Not your ordinary taco, when you consider the shell is deep fried nori (seaweed) and the filling was sushi rice, tuna, spicy mayo, scallions, and yuzu salsa.


I am a fan of the crunch, it reminded me of deep friend sushi and of course it is messy to eat in the best possible way

3. Ichiba Ramen– Ramen Nori taco Shell- Union Square (Map)

Ichiba Ramen has caught on to the craze of #tacotuesday. While this is a ramen joint 7 days a week, only on Tuesday do they offer the Ramen Taco. My first thought was to compare this to the infamous Ramen Burger, but the ramen taco is very different and the textures and flavors worked better in my opinion. There two options currently available tonkatsu (pork) and tuna poke. The shell itself is a combination of ramen in between a nori shell.


I preferred the Tonkatsu taco flavor combination flavor better but the tuna poke does have a nice wasabi sauce.

Just a few of the fun tacos I have tried recently, let me know if there are any other taco joints I need to check out in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Trend: Unorthodox Taco Shells

  1. How about ours? We have a Chinese black pepper beef taco with shaved cabbage, avocado, cilantro, chilies. The shell is made with egg roll skin. Check out our website, give it a shot!

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