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Takumi Taco at Urbanspace Vanderbilt

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Takumi Taco at Urbanspace Vanderbilt

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Address: 230 Park Ave (East 44th St)
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10169
Phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Japanese
2nd Cuisine: Mexican
Area: East 40s
Entree Price: <$10
Takeout: Yes


The Vanderbilt food court continues to draw large crowds.  On my last visit it seemed like one giant party.  At Suzette, which I thought only sold crepes, it looked more like happy hour.   I was waiting for a conga line to break out judging by all of the merriment.  Lots of folks could also be found lining up for doughnuts at Dough and at other concessions.  But I was hankering for something a little different.  I found it at Takumi.

Takumi is an Asian fusion spot blending the flavors of Japan and Mexico.  It's specialty, tacos prepared in a crispy gyoza shell.  I went for the spicy tuna.  It is made with sashimi grade "big eye" tuna with jicama and cucumber for crunch, avocado, radish and black sesame seeds with a spicy mayo.  It's a little more expensive than other tacos offered here, but worth every bite.  Also offered; Japanese curry beef with a Napa cabbage slaw, adobe chicken, chipotle shrimp with edamame, and braised short rib with Japanese mustard and a yuzu avocado crema.

Takuma also sells Asian-inspired rice bowls, Teriyaki chicken and charred corn salad with shishito peppers and a miso vinaigrette.  Wash it down with a sake cocktail and joing the party!

Review By: Thomas Rafael