The first taco I ever ate was at a tiny restaurant on the corner of Bleecker and Christopher in 1975.
Yes, it was indeed a crispy taco with ground beef. The lighting was very dark but I remember loving the salsa and the hard thick crunch of both the chips and the taco shell.
Up until that point, it was all Ray's pizza and NY style Chinese food.
I begged to go to that place at least once a week but my mom has never been a lover of Mexican cuisine. I think we ate there only a handful of times before it either went out of business or we moved West.
I can almost remember the name... it tickles my brain and then vanishes, but the memory of the taco is very very CLEAR.