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Discover Seaside Mexican Cuisine at Montauk's La Brisa
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Discover Seaside Mexican Cuisine at Montauk's La Brisa

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Updated: 9 January 2017
Dario Wolos began his culinary adventures by dishing out tacos from a Volkswagen to locals and tourists just outside of Mexico City. Today he has transformed his dreams into Tacombi hospitality with five restaurant branches based out of New York City. The Culture Trip explores the Montauk, New York location of La Brisa to learn more about what this Mexican treasure offers beach-goers.
La Brisa | Pork and Pineapple Taco | Pork y Pina
La Brisa | Pork and Pineapple Taco | Pork y Pina

Outside Mexico City, a 1963 Volkswagen Kombi bus drives around the balmy beaches of the Yucatan to Playa del Carmen, serving tacos outside the van. The same vendor also stands outside the bustling “Calle 12,” enticing in late-night locals and tourists visiting the nightclubs. After a few years of honing their authentic Mexican flavors, curator Dario Wolos took his culinary dream to New York where Tacombi hospitality was born. Today, the company maintains five New York locations, each offering a different food and drink menu, but sharing a common theme of authentic, quality Mexican cuisine and a passion for smooth tequila. “Each location helps tell the story of a different stop or a different region,” says Woolio. Mexico’s true diversity is relatively unknown to most, even in Mexico, yet a pure, Mexican culinary experience inspirits Tacombi.

Bringing Tacombi back to its beachy roots, La Brisa offers a laid-back atmosphere that caters to the fishing, surfing, and beaching community of Montauk. Turquoise outdoor picnic tables line the curved walls facing the street, ice-cold Medola beers are served as soon as customers stroll in, and fish is locally sourced from Gosman’s Fish Market and emphasized in most entrees. All of La Brisa’s company affiliates share similar business values to Tacombi, bringing together like-minded individuals who place a focus on locally- and ethically-sourced food from farmers and fishermen who raise and catch hormone- and antibiotic-free meat.

La Brisa | Mescal to share
La Brisa | Mescal to share

The space tells the story of a beach side Taqueria that Woolie often reminisces about in the state of Guerrero, about an hour south of Acapulco called Beto Godoy. Despite the appearance, La Brisa taqueria offers cuisine that is far from laid-back. Merging a beachy Mexico meets New York’s authentic style of cuisine, La Brisa offers three Entrada dishses— Corn Esquites, Guacamole, and local Fluke Cerviche— and six variations of tacos, most of which concentrate on several fish for customers to choose from.

Expect to fill your taste buds with unsuspecting hot spices that top off a number of dishes. One such dish, the Corn Esquites, blends the sweetness of corn with the aforementioned passionate spices to create a perfect blend of spicy and creamy. But of course, we can’t skip the tacos. The quality of ingredients will instantly be detected as you indulge in the tender, yet juicy fish that is spiced to perfection.

La Brisa entrance
La Brisa entrance

The Tacombi team travels to Mexico every chance they get to research food all over the country. “You could travel all over Mexico for a lifetime and still not know it. There are few places on earth today that have such a strong food culture that has existed in one place for over 3000 years – evolving with its biodiversity and cultural assimilations through European colonization to modern times like Mexico has.” Combining ethical ingredients, delicious food, and an unmistakable sense of genuine passion, Tacombi is not a place you want to miss out on.

La Brisa, 752 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY, USA, +1 631 669 8338