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Maui Bowl

Cult California surfer favorite Wahoo’s Fish Taco opened last week just east of Madison Square Park at 333 Park Avenue South (between 24th and 25th Street), and the lines at lunch time have been out the door. We finally got in there today for a late lunch (2pm) and didn’t have to wait at all.

The menu is intimidating, sprawled out over the wall with lots of different options for tacos, bowls, burritos, and combos. We had to try their specialty, the grilled fish tacos, and after asking the very friendly and helpful Wahoo’s employees about their favorites, we also picked up the Maui Bowl and some guacamole.

Grilled Fish Tacos

The fish tacos are surprisingly healthy tasting, with fresh cabbage and grilled (not fried or battered) fish in a double tortilla. The fish tacos combo comes with beans (black or cajun) as well as rice (white or brown). There is a green salsa on top which we would have loved to have a bit more of, so be sure you ask.

But the best thing we had was the Maui Bowl, featuring teriyaki steak over rice with a side of beans (black or cajun). I found the steak to be very high quality, well-grilled and, perfectly marinated in the teriyaki. When I go back, this is what I am getting. The side of guac was solid, and nice to mix in with the rice and beans.

Guacamole

Wahoo’s serves up all kinds of tacos in addition to fish (carne asada, carnitas, veggie, etc) as well as burritos, burrito bowls, soups, and salads. Here is the full Wahoo’s Fish Taco menu: http://www.wahoos.com/menu.php. You can eat in or get it to go. Wahoo’s also has a pretty large bar.

This is their first restaurant in New York City and the 21 Yelp reviews so far give it an average of 4.5 stars.

Definitely try it, but you may want to go early (before 11:30am) or late (after 2pm).

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