Revisit: Taka Taka in New York, NY

Taka Taka in New York, NY
Taka Taka in New York, NY

Taka Taka characterizes itself as a Mexican Sushi and Japanese Tacos joint. I guess you understand: this is a Mexican / Japanese fusion restaurant with a very interesting menu, branching out to these two distinct cuisines. It is not our first time there (previous review here) and we were looking for an original place, close to the heart of Tribeca, to celebrate my cousin Sandrine's visit.

dining room at Taka Taka in New York, NY
dining room at Taka Taka in New York, NY

Another originality of this place is its conveyor belt or kaiten sushi. It is like a fun way to eat: dishes with a number will pass in front of you and you decide to pick them or not. The number refers to the menu on the table set, so it quickly becomes a game. First you will look at what is passing by and then quickly try to know what it is, and then, it will be the reverse: you will be waiting for that number 5 to come. But do not worry: if you really want a roll, you can just ask them and they will make it for you.

menu at Taka Taka in New York, NY
menu at Taka Taka in New York, NY

Each plate has a color that corresponds to a price, so be careful: it can be a fun game, a pricey game...

plates at Taka Taka in New York, NY
plates at Taka Taka in New York, NY

To start our dinner, we decided to order some mocktails. Sandrine and Jodi got  Kiiro that is tangerine juice, basil and a touch of lime.

Kiiro mocktail at Taka Taka in New York, NY
Kiiro mocktail at Taka Taka in New York, NY
Kiiro mocktail at Taka Taka in New York, NY
Kiiro mocktail at Taka Taka in New York, NY

I ordered the Gogo, a mango frappƩ with macerated blackberries:

Gogo mocktail at Taka Taka in New York, NY
Gogo mocktail at Taka Taka in New York, NY

I preferred the Kiiro that was an interesting combination, very refreshing, over the Gogo that was a bit difficult to drink because it was too thick.

So it was time for us to try some of the dishes. We decided to go exclusively with the kaiten sushi and passed on the menu. This is what we got (read: number - outside / filling):

05 - Seaweed / crab, cream cheese, avocado with chipotle:

Crab, cream cheese and avocado rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
Crab, cream cheese and avocado rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

15 - Tampico dressing / crab, salmon skin, cucumber, chile serrano and sriracha sauce (this was quite spicy!):

salmon, chile serrano and sriracha rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
salmon, chile serrano and sriracha rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

17 - Fresh tuna / avocado, cucumber, asparagus with jalapeƱo dressing:

avocado, cucumber, asparagus rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
avocado, cucumber, asparagus rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

19 - Spicy tuna / shrimp, baby spinach, masago and guacamole:

shrimp, baby spinach, guacamole rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
shrimp, baby spinach, guacamole rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

01 - Seaweed / lettuce, avocado, cucumber with tampico dressing:

lettuce, avocado, cucumber rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
lettuce, avocado, cucumber rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

07 - Rice and sesame seeds / salmon, cucumber and cream cheese:

salmon, cream cheese, cucumber rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
salmon, cream cheese, cucumber rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

10 - Shrimp with chile piquin / mango, cucumber, fried plantains and avocado:

mango, cucumber, fried plantains rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
mango, cucumber, fried plantains rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

06 - mixed sesame seeds / sweet potato tempura, zucchini, avocado with tempura drops (one of my favorite ones):

sweet potato tempura, zucchini, avocado rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
sweet potato tempura, zucchini, avocado rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

03 - Cucumber / banana, tomato, asparagus and avocado:

banana, tomato, asparagus and avocado rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY
banana, tomato, asparagus and avocado rolls at Taka Taka in New York, NY

We could not get this last one from the conveyor belt as we kept looking and it never came. So, we ordered it and it came fairly quickly, meaning that you are not bound to whatever is created by the Chef.

For dessert, we got the fried ice cream that was fantastic and decadent. Think about it: fried ice cream!

fried ice cream at Taka Taka in New York, NY
fried ice cream at Taka Taka in New York, NY

This was a fantastic meal and I am glad that we got to get Sandrine discover this place. Next time we go, we will go for their menu as I believe it is where you see the fusion in all its splendor.

Enjoy (I did)!

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