Taco Spot Tacombi to Replace Sugar & Plumm

Tacombi, a restaurant that started as a taco stand served out of a VW bus, is planning to open in the former home of Sugar & Plumm on Amsterdam between 78th and 79th Streets.

Tacombi is a growing chain of restaurants that started with a VW bus serving tacos in the Yucatan. There are now several locations in the city, and one in the Hamptons. “Tacombi is a hospitality company focused on sharing its love of Mexican taco culture through neighborhood taquerias,” the website says.

One of the owners tells our tipster Ashley that they want to open next year.

“It’s a lively fun spot, they give you paper menus and you select with a pencil all different types of tacos, quesadillas, etc. very reasonably priced and yummy!” wrote Ashley.

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    1. AC57 says:

      Define “Reasonably Priced”… Would love to see what this place has to offer nevertheless.

    2. Ish Kabibble says:

      So…a VW Bus? I wasn’t clear on that.

      • Nostalgist says:

        You’re probably too young to have known about it, but the VW “Microbus” was a classic of the 60’s/70’s.

        “Hippies” and other “counter-culture types” loved it for its roominess and cool “not-your-father’s-Oldsmobile” vibe…but NOT for its power! Not only was it UNDER-powered but it also made a racket, especially under acceleration.

        Do a Google search for “VW bus”. 🚌

        • Genius boy says:

          The VW bus/van was our SUV of the 60s ! I had one and went to Woodstock with it with my buddies.

    3. Various Artist says:

      Weird to have it so close to Playa Betty’s, they are fairly similar. Tacombi also has a location in Montauk that we stop at when we are out there.

    4. Amy says:

      One of our favorite restaurants!!

    5. Davie says:

      Wow! I’m glad to hear that the UWS is finally getting some cool and hip eating and drinking places. But I worry that this place may not make it in that location. They’re going to have to sell lots and lots of margaritas and beer to survive on slow weeknights. They won’t make it by just attracting locals from the UWS and will have to create a scene to attract young folks from all over the city. I hope I’m wrong and wish them lots of luck. I hope it becomes a wild, boozy, loud late night kind of place and makes lots of money!

    6. BillyNYC says:

      Holy Entradas! There going to need to sell a lot of them to survive the rent for this establishment. How many can we eat in a week anyhow. I normally have a craving for Mexican food maybe once or twice a year… but I don’t take a liking to this kind of menu. Lots of competition here on the UWS like Café Frida on the next block and 20/30 other Mexican restaurants here on the UWS. No one can beat Rosa Mexicano anyhow!
      i give this place a month…. if they really open.

      • Sean says:

        I don’t think it is for you. Rosa Mexicano is really an older Lincoln Center demographic.

      • Minx says:

        Would you prefer another drug store or bank?

        This restaurant will do fine, the food is good, the drinks are good and the downtown locations have a great atmosphere – and its reasonably priced. This is the kind of establishment the UWS needs more of.

        • BillyNYC says:

          The WestSide needs more Mexican food? 🤮 I don’t think so… May be a new gourmet food store since Zabar’s sold.

    7. Christine E says:

      Web photos looks cute and kitschy. Nice menu, but what about “plain” — there is no cheese quesadilla for the kiddies? I hope they add some “basic” options, for the demographics of the neighborhood. And brunch options. The UWS is basically families and drinkers (not mutually exclusive!).

    8. 20-something Californian transplant says:

      Tacombi is the real deal – so excited to have this place in the neighborhood. I’ve been to the west village, soho, and flatiron locations – food is excellent, vibe is fun. Good for a date, or for a group. Anyone who appreciates mexican food should be thrilled – Playa Betty and all the other mexican spots in the area should be worried (only exception being the Great Burrito – love that place). And as other commenters have mentioned, it’s great that UWS is starting to get a bit more hip – there are 20-somethings who live in the neighborhood too!

    9. chris woo says:

      seems like a huge space to have to pay rent for. esp w oaxaca near by and playa betty.