April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco
April 11th, 2013 by donuts4dinner

Having eaten a whole suckling pig at Chef April Bloomfield’s The Breslin a couple of years ago, I was excited to see what she could do with one of my comfort foods: tacos. What made Salvation Taco even more appealing to me is that it’s on 39th Street, just south of my boyfriend’s apartment, in this part of the Murray Hill neighborhood that’s mostly filled with highrises and Irish pubs meant to attract the after-work crowd.

(It was ridiculously dark in the restaurant, so please excuse my heavily-lightened pictures.)

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5 Island Rum, coconut horchata, cold-brewed coffee, Fernet Vallet, cinnamon and vanilla

I’ve secretly loved the totally-Americanized horchatas I’ve had with pounds of sugar and cinnamon mixed in, but this one tasted much more grown up with the coffee and spice-ful Fernet. You’d, uh, never know it by the vessel it was served in, though. It should be noted that my friend Kim‘s drink came in a totally normal glass, so I’m 100% sure they were trying to shame me for ordering a frozen drink at 6 p.m.

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pork belly and pineapple salad

The textures of the pork belly and pineapple were so similar that I couldn’t tell which I was picking up in the near-dark of the restaurant, but I did love the pork-fruit combination and the spicy finish. This was the sort of thing I think of when I think of Chef Bloomfield: perfect meats and a flavor punch. I just needed something crunchy thrown in.

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an array of tacos

From left to right: Moroccan lamb on naan, al pastor, skirt steak with pecan and chipotle, roasted cauliflower with curried crema, fried striped bass with Mayan mayo.

They were all flavorful and delicious, but the fish taco was the major standout, and I say this as someone who is almost 100% against the idea of fish mucking up my tacos. The mayo was just the right amount of spicy, and there was just enough citrus, and the fish was breaded just enough to give it some crunch without masking the flavor, and those pickled onions were the perfect accompaniment. On my next visit, I’d order five of these. And nothing else.

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the perfect fish taco

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other, less important tacos

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burnt sugar and pumpkin ice cream

If I’m being honest, the burnt sugar ice cream was terrible. Truly, truly bitter and inedible. My perfectly classy dining partner and I were practically wiping it off of our tongues with napkins. BUT. When eaten with the pumpkin ice cream, it became like a caramelized sugar crust to a pumpkin creme brulee. I understand why they sell them as a set; they just need to come with a warning.

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Salvation Taco fits into the neighborhood perfectly. It’s using excellent ingredients prepared properly for the well-fed business type, but it also has ping-pong, a trendy lounge area, and plenty of pretty tourists stopping by from the attached hotel, Pod 39. It was loud and crowded, but that’s what I expect from a restaurant trying to pass itself off as a cheap taco joint. The only problem for me–and for everyone else, from what I’ve read–is that this isn’t actually a cheap taco joint. The tacos are incredibly small; two bites, and they’re finished. I ate only three because I am a lady, but you can bet I went home after this $50 meal and ordered some questionable-meat tacos from the local Chinese/Mexican place for a fifth of the price. They didn’t compare to that fish taco, though.

Salvation Taco
145 East 39th Street (in the Pod 39 hotel)
New York, NY 10016 (map)

5 Responses  
  • Mrs. Bachelor Girl writes:
    April 11th, 20131:02 pmat

    Tacos are not really my thing (I know, right? All the weird shit I eat, and I don’t like TACOS?), but I love the last photo. What’d you do to it?

    • donuts4dinner writes:
      April 11th, 20132:54 pmat

      Indeed, I thought the taco love would’ve wafted over from Texas. Glad you’re enjoying my new trick-to-make-a-lame-photo-slightly-more-interesting. It’s a Curves thing; I just pulled the blacks up and the whites down on each channel until it was kind of faded and grey, and then I lowered the opacity. Does that make sense? I’m sure I don’t know the correct terminology for anything I do.

  • Jessica R. writes:
    April 11th, 20132:21 pmat

    I love the array of tacos. A taco sampler is exactly my kind of meal. Add pumpkin ice cream and that amazing parrot glass and it sounds like a great dinner out to me!

    • donuts4dinner writes:
      April 11th, 20132:55 pmat

      Mine, too! I just want them to be big and filling. I love that you loved the parrot glass, while Kim made fun of me for it all night.

  • Ash writes:
    April 23rd, 20139:20 pmat

    Mmmm those fish tacos… :P~~~

    It also looks like that parrot is judging you.

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