Artist Eats: Nina Chanel Abney


For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Nina Chanel Abney to share her favorite place to eat. Combining a bright color palette and irreverent humor, Nina’s work is as striking as it is steeped in political and race issues.

Continue reading for her answer.

“My favorite place to eat is Taqueria Downtown in Jersey City,” says Nina, who was born in Chicago but now works in New York. “It’s good and reasonably priced authentic Mexican food, and it’s BYOB. The steak quesadillas are good, and I also love the ground beef tacos. The atmosphere is very laid back, and the decor is pretty cool (the inside is a collage of photos and stickers). I eat in occasionally, but I think I’ve ordered takeout almost every two weeks for the last three years… I’m a little addicted, and surprisingly, I’m not tired of it yet. I just ordered from there a few days ago. They recently opened a second location in Manhattan, but I have yet to check it out.”


Taqueria Downtown
236 Grove St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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