Dario Wolos of Tacombi in New York City is going back to his roots, or to the beach, that is, with his newly opened restaurant La Brisa out on the tip of Long Island. Fittingly, La Brisa, which means "breeze" in Spanish, is only a few blocks away from Montauk’s beaches, which conjures up memories of Wolos’ taco stand that he opened in Playa de Carmen, Mexico, years before he moved to New York City with Tacombi.
La Brisa operates in beach mode, offering authentic Mexican tacos made with whatever Montauk’s fishermen brought in that morning, and serving them in a relaxed, casual setting with turquoise picnic benches and outdoor seating. Definitely start with the guacamole, served with freshly made chips made from an authentic Mexican tortilla press, and you’d be remiss not to try their corn esquites: grilled corn — off the cob — served mixed with chopped cilantro, fresh cotija cheese, and a chipotle mayo.
While fish is definitely a good call (because if you’ve forgotten, you’re in Montauk), there’s plenty of meat to order on the menu as well, including a spicy pork taco with pickled radish. Each taco order comes with two small tortillas, making it easy to share a mix if you’re stumped on deciding. Make sure to enjoy an iced shot of mezcal, served with an orange and spicy chile salt, and wash it down with a beer before heading back to the beach.
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce