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Taco Tuesday Fever: Best Mexican Restaurants in the Albany, NY Area

If you're craving an authentic Mexican food experience to get your Taco Tuesday on in Albany, then you don't have to travel very far. We've rounded up some of the best Mexican restaurants located in the city and nearby.

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El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

289 Hamilton St., Albany, NY

Look no further than El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant on Hamilton Street in Albany for some high-quality Mexican food. Voted #1 for over 11 years in a row by Metroland's Best of the Capital District Reader's Poll, El Mariachi's menu features family recipes handed down from one generation to the next. You can't get more authentic than that! Try the Cochinita Pibil (tender pork roast) or the Chile Relleno De Carne (roasted poblano pepper).

New Scotland Taco + Bar

Corner of Ontario Street & Avenue A, Albany, NY

Enjoy a wide selection of tacos and drinks when you visit New Scotland Taco + Bar in Albany. From ancho chicken to chili lime shrimp, you're sure to find a taco that will satisfy your hunger. They also have tasty sides like street corn and some creative margaritas. Dine inside or have a seat on their patio.

El Loco Mexican Cafe

465 Madison Ave., Albany, NY

El Loco Mexican Cafe offers tasty Mexican food in a warm atmosphere located just outside of the historic Washington Park in Albany. El Loco first opened up in 1983 and was the city's first authentic Tex-Mex style eatery. Their claim to fame is traditional Mexican & Nuevo Southwestern dishes served in generous portions.

ama cocina

4 Sheridan Ave., Albany, NY

If you are into funky atmospheres and creative dishes, ama cocina is your place. Located in downtown Albany, this Mexican restaurant offers delicious margaritas and a creative twist on modern Mexican street food. Try the signature dips, the burritos, the Mexican pizza, or their customizable enchiladas.

Salsa Latina Restaurant

315 Central Ave., Albany, NY

When you're in need of a low-key option to satisfy your taco fix, swing by Salsa Latina on Central Avenue in Albany for exceptional Mexican and Latin American dishes served in a laid back atmosphere. From tacos and burritos to enchiladas and poblanos, everything on this menu is full of flavor.

Mexican Market

654 Central Ave., Albany, NY

This hidden gem is a must try! Off the beaten path, Mexican Market is located behind a bus stop - but don't let the lack of curb appeal stop you. Mexican Market is 100% authentic. From the tacos to the burritos, you can't go wrong with any of the menu items. If you are feeling adventurous, try the Lengua (beef tongue) tacos.

Bombers Burrito Bar

258 Lark St., Albany, NY

Located on historic Lark Street in Albany, Bombers Burrito Bar features mouthwatering burritos, quesadillas and more. This restaurant is well-known for affordable prices and generous portion sizes. Be sure to swing by on your birthday and enjoy their giant birthday margarita on the house.

Mexican Radio

325 State St., Schenectady, NY

Editor's Note (9/4/2020): Mexican Radio is currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice.

Check out this Mexican restaurant located right in the heart of Schenectady. Mexican Radio serves up tasty Mexican fare in a fun & eclectic setting. Originally located in New York City, this Mexican restaurant continuously wins awards including Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Margaritas, and Best Flan in America. They specialize in traditional Mexican food with vegetarian and vegan options.

La Mexicana

1759 State St., Schenectady, NY

Kick off Taco Tuesday at La Mexicana on State St. in Schenectady. This Mexican grocery & restaurant is super affordable with tacos starting at just $2.50. They pride themselves in serving traditional Mexican food made from scratch. La Mexicana offers tacos, flautas, nachos, sopes, quesadillas, and more.

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