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

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

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


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