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Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash – San Fran Street Food in Harlem

by Kysha Harris @schopgirl

Just when you thought you were getting into the groove of La Bodega 47 Social Club, owner Brian Washington-Palmer, has something else up his sleeve. He definitely continues to keep it sexy and, this time, a little dirty too.

Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash returns the space on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 118th street to the open facade of it’s now “grandfather”, Native. Dressed with larger-than-life posters of pin-up girls perched atop tacos with a pinch of Blaxplotation, this new space is serving up San Francisco style Mexican inspired food (Sexy Taco) and an adventurous, quirky cocktail program (Dirty Cash).

We recently stopped by on a busy night of their soft opening to embrace the new incantation and to burn a little dirty cash on some sexy tacos and more. We had to start with guacamole and chips as the official litmus test for any Mexican inspired eatery. It was chunky, creamy and perfectly seasoned. A squeeze of fresh lime at the end hit the palate just so.

We caught Washington-Palmer as he sat down to his meal of a huge taco salad with pulled chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, queso, guacamole, sour cream and shredded lettuce. It was a beast for $16. He generously offered us to sample it as we waited for our tacos. We know we will return for that salad. Perfect for a light meal for two…with a couple of cocktails.

We kept it simple with our first visit sharing crispy fish tacos with chipotle crema and ground beef tacos playfully lined with Rice-a-roni (…the San Francisco treat!). Washington-Palmer is still playing with the menu, but we are sure his food happy place isn’t far away.

With delivery, lunch, brunch and dinner on the menu, feeling sexy won’t just be reserved for your boudoir. Now get that dirty cash ready to make it rain!

Sexy Taco Dirty Cash
161 Lenox Ave
212 280 4700

Ain’t No Taco Like a Sexy Taco!
California Dreamin’ in Harlem
 San Francisco Style Street Food


Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash: Chef/owner Brian Washington-Palmer
brings his hometown Bay Area street food to Harlem. 
Cali-style burritos, tacos, nachos, guac, and more:
 multicultural/Cali comfort food is here. 

Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash dining room facing Lenox Ave – Harlem’s happening restaurant row
The Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash menu is a delicious, casual
tour of San Fran-style specialties.

Tacos (2 per order – add a 3rd for $2):
Chicken a la Cubana
chicken, roasted tomatoes, white wine, chipotle, adobo
The Sexy ‘Ta-Cow’
ground beef, Rice-a-Roni, cheddar
Asado Negro
Venezuelan-style braised lamb, crispy tostones, sumac-cumin crema

Zapatos (pressed burritos)

Cali-Style Burritos: 
Butter Chicken
marinated boneless chicken, tomato yogurt curry
Korean Short Rib
gochuchang salsa roja, sesame, onion, beans, lettuce
Zapatos (Pressed Burritos):
Taco filling, wrapped tight & street-ready
chicken cubana, steak, pork adovada, 
lamb asada negro, veggie or cheeseburger
served with beans, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, romaine

Nekkit Burritos!
All the fillings/no tortilla
Served in a bowl of romaine, mesclun or brown rice

Super Nachos

More Fun Things:
Mission Caesar Salad
romaine, toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons, Green Goddess
Chimi Burger
add bacon, fried onions, guac
Red Rice n’ Beans
sweet plantains, garlic spinach

The Foxy Brown                                                              Suicide Mojito

Dirty Cash is at the bar — for those looking for
a little “adult entertainment”
The Foxy Brown
Hendrick’s, Giffard Menthe Pastille, coconut syrup,
pineapple, lime, Angostura bitters
Love, Sex & Kung Fu
Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao, 
Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur, oat milk, grated chocolate
Sin On Wheels
Milagro, muddled red pepper, chipotle, agave,
lime, smoked salt rim
Thai Me Up
Plantation Dark Rum, maple syrup, coconut milk, Thai black tea
Love, Sex & Kung Fu
View the complete Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash menu here.

The 50-seat room (14 at the bar) is bright, with a long, curved
bar, retro diner-style stools, low two-tops and banquettes.
Casual California style and sexy pulp/blaxploitation imagery
make a lively, playful vibe for dining, drinking and socializing.  
Monday – Thursday 4:00pm – 12:00am
Friday 4:00pm – 2:00am
Saturday 11:00am – 2:00am
Sunday 11:00pm – 10:00pm
161 Lenox Avenue, New York NY
(212) 280-4700 

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