The Grand Opening of Tacuba Mexican Cantina

We’re super excited about the grand opening of Tacuba Mexican Cantina, the newest Mexican restaurant in Astoria. The restaurant, located at 35-01 36th Street, officially opened last night, and it was a hit!

The restaurant is owned by Chef Julian Medina, who has gained fame from his work at many different New York City restaurants, including Toloache. From his bio, this is what we’ve learned,

Julian Medina, chef-owner of Toloache, Yerba Buena, and Yerba Buena Perry, has been creating refined Latin cuisine for over fifteen years. As a young boy in Mexico City, Julian was inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s authentic home cooking, which led him to become a chef. Julian trained professionally at Hacienda de Los Morales and Les Celebrites, in Mexico City’s Hotel Nikko, where he quickly advanced through the line, learning the basics of French cuisine and fine dining. Each new kitchen position presented Julian with a unique challenge, elevating his work ethic and eventually promoting him to the hotel’s highest ranks.

Cocktails at Tacuba

Julian and his recipes have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and on television shows such as The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, LX.TV, and others. Julian resides on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with his wife and daughter. Owners: Julian Medina, Louis Skibar, Brian Sobhan

The restaurant features a large selection of tequilas and mezcal, and of course, lots of yummy Mexican food. You can see their entire menu here.

We’re excited to try out Tacuba, and are especially eyeing some of the menu items like the Camarones Tacuba – tequila glazed garlic shrimp – and the Chile Relleno de Quinoa – roasted poblano peppers stuffed with quinoa, kale, mushrooms, light tomato sauce, crema and queso fresco.


Tacuba Mexican Cantina
35-01 36th St
Astoria, NY 11106