A unique new restaurant will be arriving in the Village of Pawling when Tacos & Cones opens for business later this month. Owner Ben Christgau has already found success with the Tap House Tavern, which is a mainstay of the local community. Tacos & Cones will be a fusion of authentic Mexican street cuisine with a traditional American ice cream parlor fare.
Tacos & Cones will be located at 9 East Main Street in the storefront formally occupied by The Bakeria. The restaurant will have an outdoor walk-up window for ordering, and offer outdoor seating. “It was just kind of an idea that I had,” explains Christgau. “My daughter is eight years old, and there isn’t an ice cream parlor here in town. And I’m a big taco fan.”
The cuisine served at Tacos & Cones will cater to lovers of both Mexican food as well as ice cream aficionados. “We’re going to serve authentic Mexican street tacos, which are different from American tacos,” says Christgau. Street tacos are made with gluten-free corn tortillas, as well as fresh salsa and cilantro. Produce will be sourced from local farms, including Peterson’s Nursery, which will be supplying cilantro and fresh herbs. Patrons will have their choice of chicken, pork, or steak, as well as fresh-made red and green sauces and handmade guacamole. The menu will also include a selection of salads and Mexican-style sandwiches known as Tortas. “It’s going to be a fresh, light, healthy option,” says Christgau. To add another authentic touch, the restaurant will also sell Coca-Cola in the classic glass bottles.
For ice cream, Taco’s & Cones will offer a selection of twelve different hard flavors, and soft serve available in vanilla, chocolate, or twist. The shop will serve Perry’s Ice Cream, which has operated out of Akron, NY, for over one hundred years. The ice cream is all natural and prepared in small batches. Tacos & Cones will be a nut-free environment, so parents need not be concerned about children with allergies. Tacos & Cones will also be embracing both elements of the business by offering “nacho ice cream,” which will be served in a waffle-cone taco shell.
Pawling’s local merchant community has already embraced the arrival of the new restaurant, and Tacos & Cones will be partnering with the Imperial Castle Toy Shop for a customer loyalty program.
As Tacos & Cones prepares for its opening next week, owner Ben Christgau is eager to provide a singular dining opportunity for the people of Pawling. “It’s going to bring together Mexican and American and top it all off with ice cream. That’s something that the village definitely doesn’t have.”