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Mexican Taco stand/grocery on Allen St

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ablee Dec 28, 2001 03:14 PM

Was randomly in the area on Allen right below Houston and spotted a tiny mexican grocery that advertised tacos among other hot foods in its windows. Tried the goat, chorizo (freshy ground from the link), and the carnitas. All were shockingly good... better and fresher that Castro's in Ft Greene IMHO. They make everything to order (which includes cooking the meat) so it takes a while, but I think it is quite the find. And when I say tiny, there were 3 of us in the shop and it was hard to move around. Has anyone else chanced upon this spot?

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    johnnyfood RE: ablee Dec 28, 2001 04:04 PM

    i usually just buy provisions there.

    if you like that little place, there is a really similar spot i found a few years ago on ave a and 13th. it's also a little bodega serving tacos. they usually do bigger stew cuts and "shread off" some for your taco.

    i will try tacos at the allen spot soon, thanks for the tip.

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      ablee RE: johnnyfood Dec 28, 2001 04:48 PM

      I will also try the place on 13th. The place on Allen only seems to have goat on the weekends, and in my best/worst spanish, I surmised that they were extremely proud of it. That whole area seems to be a hot bed of mexican flavor...will try tres aztecas down the street as well. Let me know how your tacos were.

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        SLAP RE: ablee Jan 2, 2002 09:29 AM

        Can't wait to try it. Finally had the taco's off the truck on 14th and 6th this weekend. The Chivo(Goat) was excellent, the Al Pastor passable but not great. Had a Cup of Hot Milk and Rice (Hortchata?) as well. which was addictive.

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          ablee RE: SLAP Jan 2, 2002 05:44 PM

          I have been wanting to try that truck as well...but in this weather, i will be content in sitting on the mini fridge at Don Panchito's ( the only customer seating there!)

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            Caitlin McGrath RE: SLAP Jan 3, 2002 11:33 PM

            Do you know when the truck is there? I've been keeping my eyes peeled but don't see it. Is it actually between 6 and 7? North or south side?

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              SLAP RE: Caitlin McGrath Jan 4, 2002 04:02 PM

              I was there last Saturday at around. 11am.(was heading to the Flea Market) It's on the South Side of the street between 6th and 7th. If it's there you won't miss it!

              mmmmm. Warm Milk and ricey drink. so good. I had the Pecan flavor one. try that for sure!

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          Peter Y. RE: johnnyfood Jan 2, 2002 04:56 PM

          also in the neighborhood, i'm starting to take a shine to el coyote cojo on 10th st. and ave a. i ran a search and found only two other posts here for this place, both recommending the enchiladas. you should also try the soft tacos - the fried pork bits version is the best. and i also like their huevos rancheros, which comes with rice done up to taste almost like hominy. also, they usually have drinks outside the standard new york goya & cuban selection. i hope to do a more complete write-up after getting through more of their very wide menu. a final note, about the dining environment: it's only counter space, and there's a stereo they like to turn up very loud - but they did turn it down on request (not my request - they play the best homemade mix cd's ever at this place - mostly mex but also some great usa rock compilations).

          can't resist adding that next week i have 7 days in corpus christi & the borderland, so let me be a real jerk and say to everyone suffering through the good mex drought in new york, sucks not to be me doesn't it! then again, to be reminded and have to return back home...

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            Peter Y. RE: Peter Y. Jan 3, 2002 09:06 AM

            apologies

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          melissa RE: ablee Dec 29, 2001 03:55 AM

          Same nabe...only place to find tacos al pastor (pork in adobo with pine apple done on a vertical rotissereie) has been La Palapa...any others?

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            Lila RE: ablee Dec 30, 2001 12:52 PM

            Where was it on Allen? East side of the street? West side..?

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              Ablee RE: Lila Dec 31, 2001 12:17 PM

              its in the west side of the street and its called Don Panchitos...drove by there the other night because I never got the name of the place. Its above Rivington St. Enjoy.

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              Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page RE: ablee Dec 30, 2001 03:59 PM

              How funny that you should mention that place -- if it's the same place we're thinking of (on the west side of the street), it caught our eye yesterday when we were walking down Allen heading to check out Steven Shaw's favorite Chinese dumpling place (where they're 5 for $1, and ours were delicious and fried perfectly) at 99 Allen Street near Delancey, and we were wondering whether it was any good. We'll look forward to checking it out soon, and reporting back....

              Andrew & Karen
              Co-Authors, BECOMING A CHEF, CULINARY ARTISTRY, DINING OUT and CHEF'S NIGHT OUT

              Link: http://www.becomingachef.com

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                ablee RE: Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page Dec 31, 2001 12:20 PM

                And thanks for the dumpling tip...I am out the door to give it a try.

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                  johnnyfood RE: ablee Jan 1, 2002 08:29 PM

                  also try the dumpling house right around the corner from fried dumpling. it's on eldridge street between broome and grand. slightly different dumplings, same price. also have a few more cheap menu items.

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                    ablee RE: johnnyfood Jan 2, 2002 05:45 PM

                    IYO,Is one better than the other?

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                  anita cocktail RE: Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page Mar 28, 2002 12:39 PM

                  May i suggest that the "Dumpling House" on Eldridge at Broome is superior to the similar dumpling vendor on Allen.
                  The dough is far more delicate and the ginger and scallion flavors fresher.
                  Still just one american dollar for 5 units of delicious dumpling.
                  Perfect after a long day of hipsterism in the Lower East Side -- SoHo continuum.

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                  DZ RE: ablee Jan 2, 2002 01:18 AM

                  This place sounds cool. How do I get there by subway? it's not near the Houston st. stop on the 1, is it?
                  thanks,
                  -Danny

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                    Bradley RE: DZ Jan 2, 2002 10:47 AM

                    No, the 1 would put you on the other side of town.

                    The F is your best bet - this place is halfway between the 2nd Avenue stop and the Delancey stop, take your pick.

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                    Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page RE: ablee Jan 6, 2002 07:40 AM

                    Well, yesterday we finally made it back to check out this place, which is called DON PANCHITO (157 Allen Street, south of Houston near Rivington) -- and we were impressed! Yes, they make the tacos to order (pulling the pork, beef, chorizo, etc. right from the refrigerated display case and taking it in back to cook it), but at 3 delicious tacos for 5 bucks, it was worth the wait. They served the tacos on a platter with a side dish of green salsa, and we stood and wolfed a few down, as there's really nowhere to sit. The people were very nice, but spoke hardly a word of English, so it helps to talk with your hands (e.g. point at the display case, hold up the appropriate number of fingers, etc.).

                    For those who like cooking Mexican at home, they sell tortillas as well as the often-elusive queso fresco.

                    Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page
                    Co-Authors, BECOMING A CHEF, CULINARY ARTISTRY, DINING OUT and CHEF'S NIGHT OUT

                    Link: http://www.becomingachef.com

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