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Taco joint with an upscale twist opens on Thomson Avenue

31-31 Thomson Avenue (file photo)

Feb. 23, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

A new taco joint opened up in Long Island City earlier this week, offering tacos with fillings from around the world created by a Michelin-starred chef.

The fast-casual taco shop Unico, located at 31-31 Thomson Avenue, opened on Monday, offering globally inspired tacos at low prices.

Michelin-starred chef Suvir Saran and entrepreneur Roni Mazumdar named the restaurant Unico, which means one-of-a-kind in Spanish, and based the concept on the idea that a taco is highly adaptable to hold international cuisine.

The restaurant offers a DIY-style experience with counter service, where customers can choose tacos, enchiladas, burritos or bowls, but has certain specialties such as the “Lima,” featuring shrimp marinated in citrus with jicama-mango-cabbage slaw and chile oil; the “Inchon,” which uses Korean flavors with marinated beef, spicy kimchi, and gochuchang salsa; and the “Shimla,” which draws inspiration from India combining roasted potatoes & bell peppers, kachumbar, and raita.

It also has a specialty Rabbit Mole Taco with pepper chutney, salsa verde, cacao, yuzu-cilantro-yogurt crema, and mizuna.

One of the goals of the restaurant was to deliver high quality food at affordable prices, with tacos costing $3 each, enchiladas costing $3.50, and wraps and bowls costing $8 each.

Mazumdar also owns Tapestry in Greenwich Village, which will be offering similar tacos for $7 each at the bar to celebrate Unico’s opening.

 

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Amadeo Plaza

Having already eaten here, I can vouch for its deliciousness. Stopped in totally by chance. Very happy to have a new spot to get yummy tacos. Wishing them all the luck.

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brooklynmc

Michelin chef, affordable prices and tacos! Sounds interesting but when will we get some good old fashioned Mexican street tacos for $3-$4? Skinny’s and Casa Enrique don’t count.

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Anonymous

I travel to sunnyside for authentic tacos. Tacqueria Santa Fe is legit. Economics simply won’t work to bring $3 taco shops to LIC.

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