In November 2017, an intimate, fun restaurant called ZenTaco opened on the Upper West Side. Last week, they hosted a press-brunch to debut their new mouth-watering brunch menu.
ZenTaco is an Asian-Latin fusion taco shop owned by the Executive-Chef, Rene Garcia. The owner previously owned Verde Latin in North Carolina before making the decision to join his brother, Alex Garcia, who owns the popular A.G. Kitchen just down Columbus Avenue.
The ZenTaco brunch menu features Latin and Asian inspired dishes such as a Vietnamese Torta, Papas con Panza, Chilaquiles and Vegetable Fried Rice with a fried egg and a choice of meat. Vegetarians and vegans can choose to substitute meat with tofu. Everything I tasted was cooked and seasoned to perfection, my personal favorite dish was the Mexi-Tatertots. This dish includes potato tots, cheese dip, pico de gallo, crema, guacamole, cotija, and a fried egg. It was delicious.
Coming into an Asian-Latin restaurant, one would expect for their taste buds to burn a little bit (in a good way), but ZenTaco has got you covered. Something that makes this restaurant unique is their speciality Popsicle Cocktails including the Bloody Mary Pop, a Tequila Bloody Mary served with an Avocado Tortilla Popsicle inside, and the Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa Pop made with Orange Juice, Vodka and a Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle inside. Even on the freezing 9-degree day, these drinks were a huge hit.
ZenTaco is the perfect restaurant for a quality yet inexpensive brunch on the Upper West Side. For more information, check out their Instagram (@zentacousa) and their website http://www.zentacousa.com.