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“American style fast food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Taza de Oro

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La Taza de Oro
96 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10011-5104 (Chelsea)
(212) 243-9946
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Ranked #3,916 of 11,748 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Mexican, Spanish
Neighborhood: Chelsea
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Neighborhood: Chelsea
Lahti, Finland
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“American style fast food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is what you can see in the movies: you sit infront of the desk, throw your order to a man with a hat and he gives you normal home made food in a second. You can eat a bunch of everything with a ridiculous price and staff are very warm and friendly! You can also order spanish language.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Authentic Puerto Rican food, good prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The food was affordable and was served fast. It tasted good but for me it needed more flavor/salt, particularly the beans and rice. The staff was nice. It is nice to come across a place like this in the middle of manhattan though.

Visited July 2013
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Medium-price Spanish/Latin Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is a very small restaurant with tables against one wall and counter space for eating. This is very old-fashioned with the orders going back and forth from kitchen in the back to the diners; the service is fast and furious. The clientele is a mix of office/laborer people. The food is relatively true to Spanish and close to a home-cooked spanish meal. The difference being a home cooked meal would be a lot tastier as this food is cook to also please the palate of non-Spanish people. The price is good for a NYC restaurant; i.e., US$9 to $15 for something like a shrimp dish. The CAFE CON LECHE [steamed sweet milk with coffee] is decent. Their desserts like Flan is also decent.

Overall, the food is good and so is the price. Only one warning: Don't plan to sit around for long, it's a place where you eat and leave quickly. People are usually standing around waiting for a table. Well worth the visit, but don't expect attention to detail, waiters are just too busy for that.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Piedmont, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Service great at this Puerto Rican hole-in-the-wall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I was nostalgic for the Taza De Oro of my childhood: impeccable food when Papi didn't want Mami to cook and hauled us in the '69 Lincoln Continental with the suicide doors.

Impeccable is not the word I'd use to describe the food at this time, but really dry, generic yellow rice and beans (dare I say) from the can. The food was edible, recession-proof prices and the ambiance the same, with two of the same staff still there from back in the day, with less hair and more wrinkles. Regulars tend to belly up on the revolving bar stools and share stories of the 'hood with the staff.

Two positives that allowed me to give them three stars instead of two: service is still attentive and the Pollo al Horno (Oven-baked chicken) was juicy and delicious. I will say that if you've never had Puerto Rican food, give this a try, but if you know our cuisine, you might be a bit disappointed.

I'm glad I went for the nostalgia factor but sad this down-home spot is past its heyday. La Taza de Oro is now gold-plated.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, VA, USA
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164 reviews 164 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Tasty, cheap, very friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Tasty food, fast and friendly service. You can get a sizable lunch here for less than $10 including tax and tip. Mofongo is only decent, but you can't beat it for $6. Bistec encebollado (steak and onions) comes with your choice of beans and your choice of rice - a total steal at $8.50.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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