El Azteca’s homemade, hours-long-cooked beef birria is sure to have you coming back for more. Served alone, or with Mexican rice and beans for an additional $2, these colorful tacos are piled high with pulled beef, melted cheese, red onion, and cilantro. End your visit with something sweet, like churros with ice cream or a cheesecake chimichanga.
Poughkeepsie — 97 Main St; 845.483.7677
At this family-run eatery, the endless selection of margaritas isn’t the only draw. The tender, savory Jalisco-style birria tacos come with a cup of the meat’s rich juices full of spices and dried peppers imported from Mexico. Trust us, you’ll keep asking for more. Plenty of lime and radishes will balance out the unique, umami-packed stew.
New Windsor — 335 Windsor Hwy; 845.563.0902
Find a slice of birria’s origin at this beloved Middletown establishment owned by four brothers from Jalisco, Mexico. Enjoy the piquant, melt-in-your-mouth birria quesa taco. Pull up your sleeves and dunk the fried corn tortilla — filled to the brim with beef braised in adobo, cheese, cilantro, and onions — in its luscious consommé. Double- and even triple-dips are welcome.
Middletown — 340 NY-211 East; 845.394.0045
Located just two blocks from Washington Park, this family-owned restaurant is serving up some birria twists. Chow down on the classic taco with slow-cooked beef or chicken, or go pescatarian with made-to-order shrimp birria. Go all out with their inventive birria tacos dorado: tortillas stuffed with meat or cheese, then rolled in spiced consommé and fried.
Albany — 809 Madison Ave; 518.650.8605
Rosanna Rauch outgrew her food truck and opened this new Kingston spot. On Tuesday nights, indulge in the evening’s special birria — be sure to order ahead, as they often sell out — as well as shredded or ground beef, grilled chicken, cod with mango slaw, or root veggie tacos. Did we mention you can dunk them in a crazy birria queso dip?
Kingston — 340 East Chester St; 845.802.0181