St. James Deli – Queens, New York - Gastro Obscura

St. James Deli

Some of New York's best tacos can be found in the back of an unassuming bodega in Queens.  


From the street, St. James Deli looks like a run-of-the-mill bodega. Inside, it feels much the same. Until you make your way to the back, where you’ll find one of the city’s best taquerias.

The bite-sized eatery is a playground of so many Mexican classics—tacos, tortas, tamales, flautas, burritos, and more, all impressively over-stuffed with carnitas, cesina, lengua, nopales, chicharron, and a host of other favorites—that you’ll wonder how they all fit in the back of a deli. The deep set of breakfast options, which ranges from huevos rancheros to eggs perico, is served all day. 

The space is cozy, with only two or three stools beneath a shallow elbow counter on the wall. So order takeout and peruse the deli’s Mexican spices and dried herbs section while your food is prepared, or grab a beer across the street. The deli also offers plenty of sweets and drinks to round out your meal.

St. James Deli is proof: Some of New York’s best tacos don’t come from restaurants at all.

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