tamales at flea market
- Anne D. Bernstein
Last Sunday it was really chilly at the flea market (26th--the one that costs a dollar to get into) and there was a man selling homemade tamales from a cart, pork or chicken. I don't know if it was just a combo of hunger and the warmth of those husk-wrapped treats, but I had one and it was GOOD!
Anyone else sample these recently?
I also had my first one of these over the weekend and liked it very much. I had the pork with salsa verde. It was quite large and a good deal at $3. The filling was fairly rich and moist, and very spicy. The masa was perhaps a little dry and lacked a little corn intensity compared to world-class, but it was much better than many in NYC. It will definately be my flea market lunch from now on.
The flea market they're talking about is on the east side of 6th Avenue between (I think) 25th and 26th Streets -- it's outdoors in parking lot. It costs $1 to get in and is only open on the weekends. Dealers come very early in the morning and apparently buy a lot of the best stuff. There is a free flea market across the street and there are others around the city.