Tamales - the real thing
I love these - the real, homemade ones. I used to get them in Brooklyn at California Taqueria in Park Slope, where they are quite good if you are ever in the area, but then I moved!
Any great ones in Manhattan that I should know about?
Taqueria de Mexico on Greenwich near 7th Ave has fairly good, if a bit "fancified" tamales. They make decent rajas, pork, and bean in what I think of as the standard style as well as a Vera Cruz or Yucatan-esque shrimp in banana leaves. The rest of the menu (and take-out) is ok, too, although not super cheap for what is essentially street food.