Walking around NYU in search for cheap eats, we found this place called Hotel Tortuga. It is a Mexican restaurant that offers a large selection of vegetarian dishes for reasonable prices. Yes, it is called Hotel Tortuga, but it is not a hotel! In fact, they want you to imagine that you are in a hotel near Acapulco. The decor definitely feels like South America and is very cozy with its red booths and relaxed atmosphere.
This restaurant serves traditional stuffing for tacos such as beef, chicken or fish, as well as a large selection of vegetarian ones: tempeh (soy protein), vegetable chorizo, grilled vegetables...
This is what we ate for less than $30:
A large side of guacamole with corn chips:
The guacamole was decent, but I do not think it was fresh. We could get as many chips as we wanted, as they offered chips and salsa.
Two vegetarian chorizo tacos:
One grilled chicken taco: