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Desperate times call for creative thinking

For the past seven years, New Yorkers with a yen for So-Cal taqueria fare have flocked to Otto’s Tacos, whose first location in the East Village turned heads with its coarse-ground tortillas, masa fries and spicy fillings. When the food blog Eater reviewed the place in 2013, it applauded the fare, but noted ominously: “The rent is undoubtedly stratospheric, and here’s hoping the new place … can make a go of it.”