Table for One

Tacos aren't just for Tuesdays. Earlier this summer, I took myself out to dinner at Tacombi, a stunningly cute, tastefully pleasing, Mexican taqueria. As an added bonus, the location I visited is a new fixture on the same avenue as my apartment building. Nothing like a convenient dinner after a long work week.

A few things I loved about Tacombi:

1) The tacos. But not just the tacos - the bartender crafted a piña colada for me that made me feel like I was on vacation. I'm a huge fan of sweet drinks with a hint of coconut, so the concoction that filled my glass was right up my alley. I had a chance to walk up to the bar after my meal to check out the set up and mixing process and to chat with the bartender who hooked up my beverage.

2) The ordering process. I went on a pretty quiet, non-holiday weekend, so traffic was low and the waiters and waitresses were even more attentive than I expect that they would be on an average, busy day. I had time to take in the vibes while I read my book (I like to bring books to dinner instead of dates, you know) and turn my attention to the menu long enough to mark my order on the order form with a small graphite pencil.

Tacombi is also extremely reasonably-priced for a Midtown eatery, which is likely an output of the restaurant's nature as a taqueria. I ended up going with an avocado tostada ($3.95), one taco al pastor ($3.95), and one baja crispy fish taco ($5.95). Both my wallet and my tummy were pleased.

3) The aesthetic. Sue me, I'm a millenial and I love a cute eatery. Tacombi is very "old-school diner meets new age taqueria," from the plush booths to the metal table- and chair-legs to the glass-bottle beverages and beyond. According to their website, their ingredients are also fresh, so, the incorporation of fruit and other ingredients into the restaurant's decor was a pleasant reminder that what you see is what you get.

Dining out alone isn't for everyone, but, don't knock it until you've tried it. Especially if there's a restaurant that's been on your list and checks all of the boxes for a quick stop and a good meal. This week was also a reminder for me that sometimes, it's not only okay, but necessary, to spend some time doing you with just you. Solitude provides us with the opportunity to check in on ourselves in the ways in which we so often only check in on our friends and family members.

If you visit Tacombi, let me know what you think! Whether alone or with great company, enjoy taking time to introspect while you wait for your check.


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