Where to find delicious birria tacos—plus burritos, ramen, you name it—in Harlem

Updated: Feb 17


The birria tacos and consommé at Frijolitos.

Birria, the super tasty Mexican meat stew, has been gaining in popularity across the city thanks in large part to a food cart in Queens, where it's wrapped in tacos and dipped in a red broth.


And now the cult of birria—a complex dish traditionally made with beef or goat and braised with chiles, cilantro and other spices—has finally reached Harlem.


It seems like every week another local Mexican restaurant is adding it to its menu in the form of tacos, burritos—even ramen soup.


Dying to try it for yourself? Find it at these uptown spots:


Cocina Consuelo

Fri-Sun, takeout and delivery only

Launched by an uptown couple who lost their jobs at two top New York restaurants when the pandemic first hit, this home-style Mexican takeout and delivery start-up offers tacos stuffed with birria that's been cooked for 15 hours. You can also add cheese and consommé.



Frijolito's

3446 Broadway between W 140th and W 141st Sts

This Mexican mom-and-pop in Hamilton Heights puts its beef birria in practically every item on the menu: tacos (with or without consommé), burritos, quesadillas and bowls.


Harlem Birria

Sat & Sun, pick-up only

Follow this weekends-only birria maker on Instagram or Tik Tok for each week's menu—including birria tacos, its "famous" birria ramen, even birria egg rolls—then send a direct message to place your order. Pick up is at an East Harlem location that's revealed once you make your payment.


Ollin

339 E 108th St between First and Second Aves

For this year's New York Restaurant Week To Go (extended through February 28), this East Harlem Mexican spot is offering a special set for $20.21 that includes birria tacos and consommé, chips and salsa, homemade agua fresca, and churros for dessert.



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