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Lori Dec 22, 2004 04:00 PM

A friend raves about tacos el pastor he used to have in mexico. Apparently, they are made with really succulent pork which is cooked on a rotiseri device similar to a gyro. Any recommendations as to where to get some in the city. I'd be willing to venture to the outer boroughs to make this happen.

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    tweedy Dec 22, 2004 04:05 PM

    You don't have to: El Paso Taqueria, 104th and Lex.

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      Raymond Dec 22, 2004 04:17 PM

      Second that!

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      PK Dec 22, 2004 09:36 PM

      Nuevo Mexico, 5th Ave. and 44th st. in Sunset Park Brooklyn. Excellent Tacos.

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        Eric Eto Dec 23, 2004 02:30 PM

        If you want "real" al pastor tacos done on a vertical spit, then you'll be hard pressed to find it in Manhattan. Other hounds claim that Tulcingo del Valle on 10th Ave/47th St does a spit version, but since it's behind the scenes, I can't confirm it, but that's probably a good bet for a better version in Manhattan. I would think one of the taquerias on 116th would also have an al pastor spit as well (I haven't been around there in ages). While El Paso does a decent version, they do the ubiquitous version of marinated meat in a tub and fry it up and call that al pastor, which can be good but lacks the true essence of al pastor. Otherwise, you'd have to head to the outer boroughs to find it. As another poster mentions, Nuevo Mexico III in Sunset Park is a good choice. Other places would be Rincon Azteca in Sunnyside, Taqueria Coatzingo in Jackson Heights, or Tulcingo Taqueria in Corona.

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          dude Dec 23, 2004 03:02 PM

          I have glimpsed the spit at Tulcingo del Valle

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            a&w Dec 27, 2004 11:17 PM

            I've seen the spit, too. You can glimpse it through the window to the kitchen. Make sure you get it with fresh avocado instead of guac. Also, consider the torta instead of tacos - really, really delicious.

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            Peter Cuce Dec 24, 2004 07:25 AM

            Tulcingo's al pastor is quite good. Seems like the real deal.

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              2slices Jan 22, 2009 11:30 AM

              Pinche Taqueria has a spit

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              Cara Dec 23, 2004 06:13 PM

              Taqueria de Mexico on Greenwich and 12th St. in the Village (across from St. Vincent's) serves taquitos al pastor the way my Mexican friend used to eat them at home. She claims they're authentic. On top of the pork they add pineapple, onions and cilantro.

              1. rteplow Jan 22, 2009 06:57 AM

                Can anyone comment on the taco truck on 96th St. west of Broadway? Maybe when the weather improves -- or if you live nearby -- that would be a good source.

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                  Virchis Jan 22, 2009 07:26 AM

                  i get all my mexican food from the truck at 96 and bway...i love it

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                    layupjones Jan 22, 2009 10:59 AM

                    The 96th street truck is great, but their tacos al pastor are weak and don't come from a spit--try the carne enchilada instead.

                    The best and most authentic tacos al pastor I've had in the city were at Los Portales in Astoria.

                  2. thievery Jan 22, 2009 10:39 PM

                    divey, tasty, authentic... great burrito 23rd and 6th. despite all appearance to the contrary.

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                      LloydG Jan 23, 2009 06:16 AM

                      I had an al pastor torta the other day from Great Burrito and it was quite tasty, although it was done on the grill.

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