At this fun-loving taqueria on Avenue A, the walls come plastered with wrestling posters and brightly colored luchador masks. Here, we may not be able to catch a match after dinner, but wherever we go, we'll certainly arrive well fed.Across from Tompkins Square Park, the folks at La Lucha are paying homage to two time-honored Mexico City traditions: phenomenal tacos and lucha libre. At this fun-loving taqueria on Avenue A, the walls come plastered with wrestling posters and brightly colored luchador masks. The tables and the plush purple booth are lined with happy locals, all hunkered over plates of serious Mexican street food. It's a scene plucked from downtown Mexico City, where fans of the traditional freestyle wrestling flock to taco stands before heading to the arena. Here, we may not be able to catch a match after dinner, but wherever we go, we'll certainly arrive well fed.
Luchadores are tough fighters, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the lighter side of the menu. Recent additions to La Lucha’s lineup of classic meaty tacos — like the El Solitario (Grilled Steak) or the Super Porky (Mexican Pulled Pork) — have included some seriously savory vegetarian options, all of which can even be made vegan on request. The Matemático taco, filled with poblano peppers and a generously gooey helping of cheese, and the Mano Negra, made with mushrooms and fresh queso, stand up well to their carnivorous counterparts. And the cooks mean business: they’ve devoted a separate grill to veggies alone, so no meat mingles ‘round these parts. While contemplating how much more of the fresh guacamole will fit in our stomachs, we like to do as the Mexico City natives do and drink it all in with a glass of horchata. Word from the La Lucha regulars? It's the quintessential hangover cure. Sign us up for round two.
Matemático (Poblano & Cheese) Taco, $3.50
El Solitario (Grilled Steak) Taco, $4
Super Porky (Mexican Pulled Pork) Taco, $4.50
Dr. Wagner (Mayan Style Pork) Taco, $4.50
Chips and Guacamole, $8
Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.