Summer tends to bring about a fierce craving for tacos and even though New York sadly lacks the Tex-Mex cuisine that the Southwest has in abundance, tacos are happily up to par. While it’s so easy to grab a taco from one of the ubiquitous trucks, you can easily make your own. These tacos are served on corn tortillas (double-layered, of course) and will never see lettuce, tomatoes or processed cheese.
While these tacos have more of a Californian flair, reminiscent of San Francisco’s great taquerias, they’re still entirely authentic and also entirely delicious. Rather than barbacoa or carnitas filling, these are made with plump, fresh shrimp, with their shells on. Cooking shrimp with their shells retains juices, which means more flavor once they make their way to the tortilla. After cooking the shrimp in garlic butter, shell and pile them high on tortillas and top with shredded green cabbage, homemade crema and salsa verde. Tacos like these are simple to make and can be modified to suit virtually anyone’s tastes, so don’t feel as if you need to stick to a recipe too closely. Paired with an ice-cold beer and some guacamole, you simply can’t go wrong.
Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith are the authors of Smith & Ratliff, a New York City-based lifestyle blog. They write about food, cocktails, art, style and life in New York City. Follow them on Twitter:@smithratliff