Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Mexican Eats: Where to Get the Best Fish Tacos in NYC

[Photographs: Scarlett Lindeman]

At its best, a fish taco is a totem of simplicity—just perfectly fried fresh fish in a warm tortilla with a drizzle of crema, the sweet crunch of cabbage, and a little hot sauce for punch. Like plucking Jon Bon Jovi, Slash, and Duff McKagan to form the ultimate 80s hair metal supergroup, the city's greatest fish taco is an imaginary amalgam of sorts: take the fresh fish from Pinche Taqueria, fry it like Choncho's, and wrap it like Rockaway for the ideal fish taco, perfect for summer.

We're waiting for the day that dream comes true. In the meantime, we checked out the city's fish taco scene to sort out the good, the bad, and the just alright. Click the slideshow above to see them all, or jump straight to a taco below.

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About the author: Scarlett Lindeman is a cook, food-writer, and recipe editor of Diner Journal, a food/arts quarterly. E-mail her at scarlett.lindeman@gmail.com.

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