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Just one taco, one at a time, in Williamsburg

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Ida Red Jul 9, 2006 03:11 PM

I've been into tacos lately, but just one as opposed to a 8 to 10 dollar platter.
I tried Taco Choulo and I liked it, but where else must I go for variety and discerning choices?

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    sonyako Aug 31, 2006 09:00 PM

    They're opening a San Loco soon in Williamsburg! I've always found their tacos to be quite delicious. I'm happy to hear the reccomendation for Taco Bites. It's on my way home every day from work, but i've been wary. I will give it a try. Hey - what about El Loco Burrito - one at 287 Bedford and one at 345 Graham? It's not the best ever, but pretty good for the area. Excellent smoky and spicy salsa too. I have heard negative comments about it, but I've enjoyed every meal I've ordered from there...as recent as last night.

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      Chas Sep 1, 2006 06:12 PM

      ELB is at best mediocre Tex-Mex IMO. Why go there when places such as Matamoros and the others mentioned above are authentic cheap and great quality?

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      Shield Aug 31, 2006 07:58 PM

      Yum, Sunset Park. That's the place to go. Just get off the 5th Ave bus between about 40th & 55th Streets and pick the restaurant or street cart that looks best. You pretty much can't go wrong.

      But if you're in Williamsburg, my pick is Matamoros.

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        sfslinky Jul 18, 2006 07:57 PM

        How about Tacos Matamoros in Sunset Park?
        The address is 4503 Fifth Avenue and they are open until midnight or 1 am. It is worth it. Each taco is $1.00 and it is the real deal, just like they make them in Mexico. We had four tacos al pastor for $4.00. Can't beat that.

        1. thievery Jul 18, 2006 06:44 PM

          i've been heading to 'taco bite'... essentially a window on the street with a few outdoor tables. corner of bedford ave and lorimer street (that's the NW corner of mccarren park on the greenpoint, billburg border). tacos are $2 each and tasty, traditional style (i.e. steak/chicken/pork on 2 litely grilled corn tortillas w/ onions, cilantro and hotsauce). burritos are $5.95 and quesadillas $4.95. they also serve beer.

          Matamoros is similarly good... though if its not too hot out, taco bite beats it atmosphere-wise for a lazy weekend afternoon.

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            benghoil Jul 18, 2006 07:28 PM

            I've been wanting to recommend Taco Bite ever since this post went up, but I couldn't remember the name of it. I've only been once, but I thought it was just as good as Matamoros and, as the above poster mentions, it's a nicer place to eat than the back of Matamoros.

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              chompchomp Jul 25, 2006 04:11 PM

              I've found Taco Bites to be bland and dry; and I take issue that they serve lemon wedges with the tacos instead of limes. I suppose after living in California for 6 years, I got quite spoiled, but found Taco Bites really doesn't measure up. I do like Matamoros; have been disappointed by Taco Chulo.

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              bill_p Jul 11, 2006 08:59 PM

              Matamoros is great, as stated already. Another pretty good place is Mexico 2000 on Broadway (at Keap). It's also a grocery that has a kitchen in the back, but it's bigger and the menu is much more extensive. I've only had the tacos, which I thought were good but not as good as Matamoros. They are open later, though. Better than Taco Chulo that's for sure.

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                mrnyc Jul 9, 2006 05:15 PM

                you must go to sunset or to red hook on weekends.

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                  Brian S Jul 9, 2006 06:08 PM

                  And don't forget Jackson Heights, a G train ride away. Check out Eric Eto's outdated yet classic post on Mexican restaurants serving tacos. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/240514 And that's just part of the picture, there are taco trucks too... some a lot better than others. One of the best trucks disappeared for a few months and its return was greeted with a flurry of ecstatic posts. One truck thread is
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                    Steve R Jul 10, 2006 08:05 PM

                    Listen to the above poster!! It's summer and you cant get better, fresher tacos,etc. than from the stalls at the Red Hook ballfields. Every weekend, Sat and Sun, from 11am on. Doesnt the B61 bus go straight down Broadway (across from Lugers, near Dressler)and all the way to Van Brunt St in Red Hook, 3 blocks from the ballfields?

                    And I second Matamoros for weekday evenings

                  2. wleatherette Jul 9, 2006 04:24 PM

                    take the l train one stop into manhattan and go to zaragoza on avenue a and 13th. try the tongue, the chorizo, and the veal ($2 each).

                    1. lambretta76 Jul 9, 2006 04:24 PM

                      Matamoros Puebla Grocery - 193 Bedford. I know it was closing, but if it's still open, that's the place to go.

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                        iain_brklyn Jul 10, 2006 03:26 PM

                        Matamoros is still open - and still has great, cheap tacos. The owner told me that they're hoping to sell the business to someone who will continue to run it as-is. We'll see.

                        Also good is Bonita - at S. 2nd St & Bedford Ave. A bit more expensive, but really good if you want to sit and eat.

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                          lambretta76 Jul 10, 2006 04:02 PM

                          That's great news! Besides great tacos, they also have really tasty tortas.

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                            Chas Jul 11, 2006 10:25 PM

                            Actually I was in over the weekend and spoke to Sotero the owner as well. I've known him since they opened. He seemingly before had been on a tear to sell but I noticed a change in his tone this time around. I think he feels he'll not be able to get the money that the business is worth. And he knows the main problem is all the hours that have to be put in in order to make a decent profit. Any prospective buyer who has experience will do the math (expenses {read RENT} vs the gross.) Ya gotta sell ALOT of Tacos :) That's his main beef; not enough time off. Who can blame him?

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