Tacombi at Fonda Nolita



267 Elizabeth Street bet. Houston & Prince Streets

Tacombi feels like a breezy, outdoor party in a Mexican beach town: twinkly lights, rinky-dink tables, and freshly made tacos served straight out of a parked Volkswagen minivan. There's a diverse variety of tacos to choose from: grilled chicken, crispy fish, shrimp, grilled pork, ground beef, and a few more interesting ones. The tacos are served on two corn tortillas--and there's usually enough of the filling to create a second taco. Also noteworthy is their chorizo breakfast taco, which features finely crumbled spicy Mexican chorizo that's been whisked into beaten eggs and served scramble on a warm flour tortilla with a slice of avocado. A selection of Mexican beers and traditional drinks like horchata (Mexican rice milk) round out the menu. Table service is now offered in the back.

Treehouse Bar at David Burke Kitchen


The James Hotel
23 Grand Street near Sixth Avenue

Dining al fresco on a beautiful night at Treehouse Bar feels like such a treat: it's a casual urban oasis that serves the same menu as David Burke Kitchen downstairs. True to David Burke's form, he adds little unexpected twists to dishes that we may already be familiar with. Tuna tartare is stuffed into mini taco shells with whipped avocado, the crab cake is encased in a pretzel stick-crust, and even a standard brick chicken dish is crowned with a "milanese" egg--a soft-boiled egg that's been rolled in panko bread crumbs and fried to a golden crisp.