Cascabel UWS: Tacos Disappoint But Other Dishes Shine
Before Hurricane Irene, Cascabel on Broadway at 108th Street was one of the few restaurants in the area that was open. That was also true immediately after the storm had sped north to New England. So I wound up eating there twice in two days.
The tiny place was a mob scene, filled to overflowing with Columbia students as well as with locals chowing down before le deluge.
What do you order at Cascabel? Well tacos, of course!
Day 1 (pre-Irene), I ordered carnitas. Sorry to say the shredded pork was dry as dust.
Day 2 (post-Irene), I went back to Cascabel with my hubby. He tucked into hanger steak tacos and declared them, “great.” I took a bite, and found them dry, as, you guessed it, dust.
But there were winners. We fought over the queso fondido, a molten pool of chihuahua cheese, studded with house made chorizo and roasted poblano. The guacamole was satisfying, nicely hot, but not chunky enough for my taste.
On Day 2, Cascabel was packed with college kids. The service is amiable and the food comes out quickly. Plus, it’s cheap.The taqueria has located itself in just the right place, near starving hoards of Columbia students.