Quinoa Taco at Snack Dragon
Snack Dragon taco shack recently branched out from its original East Village location to open a spot on the Lower East Side. There you will find a vegetarian taco that brings together all the various charms of crunchy hippie-Cal-Mex-drunk food.
Plunk down your three bucks and receive a plate teetering with a single, overstuffed taco: a blue corn tortilla filled with spicy quinoa, black beans, mild tomato salsa, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and tart yogurt sauce. Shake on the El Yucateco habanero sauce for extra heat.
The nutty grain is made into a pilaf with scallions, cilantro, and red pepper, and would be tasty, if austere, on its own. But here it gets squished together with the taco's richer elements, creating a delicious mash-up that tastes like what the Moosewood Collective would make if they came home late after one too many glasses of wine.
164 Orchard Street