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11th St TAMAL SMACKDOWN!

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(hee hee)

What happens when you order Tamales Oaxaquenos in Park Slope? We did a side-by-side comparison, take-out.

Tacos Nuevo Mexico, 5th Ave. between 11th and 12th
v.
Cafe Con Flores, 4th Ave between 10th and 11th (that flower stand with the great soup and tamales)

They all come in a banana leaf which is what makes it a Oaxacaqueno - and gives a lovely tea like aroma when you open up the packet.
Nuevo Mexico is nicely steamed masa with a spicy tomato sauce (not a choco-chile molé) on it, with some chicken and root vegetables inside (potato and carrot this time) The masa was separate from the sauce, all in the same banana packet.

Cafe Con Flores had Oaxaquenos with a molé rojo or molé negro. Both were complex molé sauces, which we liked much better than the simpler red at TNM. At Flores, the masa was a finer grind and the molé was mixed in through out, for a more custardy result. There was a bit of shredded chicken in these as well.

They were all tasty and delightful. And great with a salad for a quick dinner in this freezing weather.
I think the Flores ones are more authentic in terms of Oaxaca-style, and more delicious.

At the Conchita bakery (Fifth Ave, 9/10th St) there's a sign in the window for "Fin de Semana Tamales" . . . so we'll have to go back there Friday - Saturday - Sunday to check 'em out . . .

I still like the Fifth Ave and 46th St Rico Tamale Lady Sunset Park Oaxaquenos best - they are the same custardy style as Flores, but the molé is more nuanced and delicious, imho. Those still the ones that make us exclaim and use profanity . . .

p.s.
we got some salsa verde (green) corn-husk wrapped tamales at Flores - they were the most picante of all, and delicious too

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  1. tell con flores to start making their cheese tortellini soup again...jeez, thats good stuff.

    1. I saw the "fin de semana tamales" sign a few weeks ago walking home, and it was the weirdest tamale ever. A piece of potato, a chunk of carrot, and a hunk of beef inside a decent banana-leaf-wrapped outside. It was not like any other tamale I've ever experienced. Not really in a good way...but try for yourself.

      1. Do either of these two places ("Tacos Nuevo Mexico, 5th Ave. between 11th and 12th v.Cafe Con Flores, 4th Ave between 10th and 11th (that flower stand with the great soup and tamales") still exist?

        I'd love to do the same test if they do.

          1. And both still rock, though - like the OP mentioned - the one in Sunset Park (which is no longer a stand but is instead a storefront around the corner) is the standard in many people's eyes (mine included).

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            1. re: lambretta76

              have you tried the tamales at the Lopez bakery yet? they have a couple of variations, not oaxequeno, tho.