Pop-up taco shop with night hours coming to Babylon Village


The birria taco trend is making its way to Babylon Village next weekend.

Long Island Pekin owner and chef Jason Lee is transforming the back of his Cantonese eatery into a late-night birria taco spot called Long Island Taco (LIT Birria).

The weekend summer pop-up is in partnership with Huntington Grub Shop owner and food blogger, Salvatore (The Grubfather) DiBenedetto.

The duo announced on Instagram they are launching the venture next Thursday, May 13.

“Going with the same idea as Long Island Pekin, we’ll be hyper condensed as a menu and follow traditions, but have our liberties with authenticity,” Lee said in his official announcement video on Instagram.

For those not familiar with the Mexican dish, it is a braised beef taco (traditionally goat) paired with a consomé which is a hearty broth the taco is dunked into.

The taco shell “sets up the whole experience,” Lee says.

The corn tortilla is dipped in the broth and lightly crisped to create a soft and crispy taco.

The pop-up will operate after hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. or until they sell out.

Salad, birria dumplings, and LI Pekin’s popular chicken satays (now called Chick on a Stick) will also be on the late-night menu. “These tacos are about to change the game on the South Shore of Long Island,” DiBenedetto said. “I can’t wait for everyone to try this and experience what we’ve put together because there’s been so much hard work, dedication, and the team here is the dream team.”

Watch the Instagram video announcement here and continue to follow for updates on LIT Birria, opening soon in Babylon Village.

Long Island Tacos will be located at the back door of Long Island Pekin at 96 E. Main St.

Top: Birria tacos, courtesy of @thegrubfather on Instagram.