Top Five Retail Spaces To Open Your Own Taqueria

In honor of national taco day, Agorafy offers five places to bring more tacos to the world.

By Team Agorafy October 4, 2016

First things first: ¡Happy National Taco Day, guys!

If your day went anything like ours, chances are, you’ve already feasted at one of NYC’s glorioustaquerias, participated in the everlasting “soft tacos versus crispy tacos” debate (ED: crispy tacos rule) and read a dozen of articles discussing whether east coast Mexican food sucks (ED: it kind of does).

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This year, our tacos are served with a dollop of political uncertainty. Is it possible that this meaningless yet enjoyable holiday will get cancelled after the elections—should He Who Must Not Be Named become president? OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But taquerias closing because of the new draconian immigration policies—we wouldn’t shrug this scenario off as totally implausible. Who, then will serve you tacos? Will eating tacos become an act of political dissidence? Enjoy them while you still can, my friends.

Whether you are concerned about possible disappearance of taquerias or just always dreamed of opening your own taco store, Agorafy decided to play along and found for you five vacant retail spaces (one per borough) perfect for opening a taqueria. Our definition of “perfect” includes a great location with lots of hungry people passing by, a relatively taco-free block, and a reasonable monthly rent. And if tacos are just not your thing, you can still check out our list: All these spaces would work great for any small eatery.


Neighborhood: Chelsea

346 9th Avenue

Size: 1,300 sq ft     Monthly Asking Rent: $13,000



Neighborhood: Sunset Park

782 47th Street

Size: 1,200 sq ft    Monthly Asking Rent: $4,300


Sunset Park might be just the neighborhood to open a small eatery-business. Want to win the loyalty of local artists and hipsters? Give them artisanal kale and cashew cheese vegan tacos. What? You can’t defeat gentrification, so, at least, try to make some money on it.


Neighborhood: Astoria Long Island City

39-48 24th Street

Size: 1,000 sq ft    Monthly Asking Rent: $3,000


Yeah, you heard us right. We are sending you to Astoria—AKA the Williamsburg of Queens—gentrified, expensive and glorified. When we saw this space, close to Queens Plaza and priced at only $3,000, we immediately decided it was worth grabbing. The brokers are warning that this space is un-renovated, but taco places are not exactly known for their marble floors and spotless bathrooms.


Neighborhood: Mott Haven

339 East 138th Street

Size: 1,200 sq ft        Monthly Asking Rent: $3,199


This space just recently hit the market and totally suits our criteria for the perfect taco spot.

Mott Haven is not exactly the most rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Bronx, so—no to those organic vegan kale tacos. Keep it traditional.

Staten Island

Neighborhood: Castleton Corners

1881 Victory Boulevard

Size: 1,100 sq ft    Monthly Asking Rent: $2,800


Victory Boulevard stretch in Castleton Corners is one of the most desirable retail stretches for small businesses—and the only one that doesn’t seem to be infested with the taco people who got there before you. We kind of like the space—both the location and the price—under $3,000 per month.

Team Agorafy



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