Calexico's Baja Fish Taco, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

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Later this year, we'll pen our Best of New York issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes and drinks. Until then, you can get a taste of our contenders as we count down, in no particular order, our 100 favorite dishes from around the boroughs, a list of laudable eats worth tracking down right now.

No. 72: Baja fish taco from Calexico

Aptly named for one of the California-Mexico border crossings, this cart-spawned mini-chain does a booming business in California-style Mexican food paired to frozen margaritas. The Baja fish taco is, by far, the best thing on the menu: Built on a pair of warm corn tortillas, fat hunks of crispy, beer-battered white fish are drizzled with a chipotle-imbued crema and topped with tart, juicy mango salsa and fresh, peppery cabbage slaw. Each bite is savory, piquant, acidic, and slightly sweet, a balanced harmony enhanced by the rich textural play of all elements. And while every outpost of Calexico adheres to the same recipe for this Southern California staple, we daresay the Greenpoint outpost does this taco the very best.

No. 100: Taqueria Lower East Side's carnitas
No. 99: Tartine's steamed mussels
No. 98: Malu's Cookie Monster ice cream
No. 97: Coppelia's Havana salad
No. 96: Falansai's clay pot catfish
No. 95: Uncle Boons' Khao Soi Kaa Kai
No. 94: ABC Cocina's salted caramel "impossible" flan
No. 93: Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine's peanut noodles
No. 92: Distilled's country-fried duck and waffles
No. 91: Calliope's octopus salad
No. 90: Charlie Bird's diver scallop crudo
No. 89: Silver Moon Bakery's fig and pepper bread
No. 88: Stage Restaurant's egg, cheese, and sausage on a roll
No. 87: Manzanilla's Marbella's Full Moon
No. 86: Bia's Cary Ga
No. 85: La Newyorkina's pineapple jalapeño paleta
No. 84: Empellón Taqueria's skirt steak tacos
No. 83: Sugar Sweet Sunshine's pistachio cupcake
No. 82: El Chivito d'Oro's skirt steak
No. 81: Saro Bistro's satarash
No. 80: Oda House's adjaruli khatchapuri
No. 79: Hill Country Chicken's pie milkshake
No. 78: Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue's chili mac
No. 77: The Musket Room's steak and cheese pie
No. 76: Battery Harris' Baked Patties
No. 75: Legend's Dan Dan Noodles
No. 74: Pure Thai's Nakorn-Patom duck noodles soup
No. 73: Melt Bakery's Morticia

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Location Info

Calexico Restaurante

153 Rivington St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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