Even if you’d eaten a meal at Tacoffee every day since it opened on January 30, you’d still only be 5 percent of your way through their menu. The new restaurant and bakery, located on the corner of Grand and Lorimer in Williamsburg, has no less than 234 items on offer, from American to Tex-Mex to authentic Mexican fare.
“It looks like too much, but it’s not,” says owner Aima Lopez. “We try to put something for everybody.”
As such, some of those somethings come straight from a package, like the chicken nuggets and the fries. But the tortillas, quesadillas, red salsa, green/avocado salsa and baked goods like leches cake are all handmade in-house. Lopez’s personal favorite are the al pastor (roasted pork) tacos.
Tacoffee is a sort of expansion for Lopez and her husband Juan Moa, who moved to Brooklyn 16 years ago from Puebla and Veracruz, respectively. They also own and operate Princesa bakery and restaurant at 94 Graham Avenue, where Moa focuses on his passion for baking and cakes. According to Lopez, a lot of Latin American customers were walking from Grand to Princesa, asking them to open something closer to their homes.
“Around here there’s not many Mexican places,” Lopez explained. “I know in this area they were waiting for us.”
She said business is going well so far and expected to improve, but for them it’s more about building community than capital. They don’t charge for avocado, so I believe her.
Plus, Tacoffee will soon be accepting EBT as payment for certain items, a practice that has already been implemented at Princesa.
Tacoffee, 572 Grand St., at Lorimer St., Williamsburg; 718-388-9313.