Born on the balmy beaches of the Yucatan in 2005 serving tacos out of a VW bus, Tacombi is a hospitality company focused on sharing its love of Mexican taco culture through neighborhood taquerias.
From mexico to manhattan
We purchased a 1963 VW Kombi bus in Mexico City and drove it (slowly, very slowly) through the Yucatan to Playa del Carmen. We pulled out the engine, sold the transmission, and began converting it into a taco-slinging machine. The original green Tacombi has since slipped into a new lick of paint and is now comfortably parked in Gansevoort Market – visit it here
Over the next 2 years Tacombi opened 2 locations in Playa del Carmen, one of which was cozily nestled between the night clubs on the busy "Calle 12". The buses were serving traditional tacos, tortas and aguas frescas to tourists and locals.
Tacombi headed to New York City to start searching, street by street, for the perfect parking spot from which to share authentic Mexican taco culture with New York.
With very little more than a dream, some great people and a lot of hard work, Tacombi opens its flagship restaurant, Tacombi Nolita, on Elizabeth street. The restaurant was met with tremendous reviews despite not being able to secure a liquor license! The lack of ice cold beer forced us to make sure that the tacos were as good as they could be and that the service matched.
After a year of operation, Tacombi Nolita received its beer and wine license helping to bring even more people into the restaurant allowing us to share our love for Mexican food culture with an ever growing audience. Tacombi also begins investing in its team to carry the team into a new period of growth in order to continue developing and telling the Tacombi story.
In the summer of 2013 Tacombi had the opportunity to bring the band back to it's beachside roots and open a new location, La Brisa, in the small fishing, beaching and surf community of Montauk, NY. Generations of Montauk fishermen have ensured the availability of some of the freshest local fish available to New York. La Brisa takes advantage of this by highlighting the local catch and using it to share the traditional coastal recipes of Mexico.
With a new focus on building a team to deliver old-world "Mexican hospitality," offer a higher level of food and service, and continue to tell the Tacombi story, we opened Tacombi Flatiron. The restaurant is a traditional Mexico City-style cafe and dining room offering coffee from Veracruz, fresh pastries, made-to-order Mexican juices and our best tacos yet. Everything is made from scratch with sustainably sourced ingredients, including the corn and flour tortillas that roll out all day long from an on-site tortilleria.