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Oct 8, 2006 07:56 PM

Tacos al pastor in New Rochelle, Little Mexican Cafe

I just came back and it's the real deal--chili rubbed pork, strung onto an upright rotisserie (v. similar to the rig they use at Lefteris Gyro)and capped with a pineapple slice. At the bottom is an onion, but I can't see that it adds flavor unless they collect the drippings. The whole assembly is spit roasted in a contraption with flame panels, like an upright infra-red broiler. The meat is sliced off the spit, caramelized briefly on the grill (just like lefteris) and then served in a gently toasted soft corn taco--$2. It's my new favorite thing at Little Mexican Cafe--it's tender, delicious, divinely peppery.

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  1. I'm drooling...what's the taco called? Is this that joint on the corner that people years ago went on and on over their pozole?


    1. Ok, it's confirmed. I'm going Thursday. I just blocked my calendar. Can't wait.

      Thanks so much for following up on this.

      After the Dodgers Mets game last thursday (sniff, my dodgers lost), I went to a place I know of on Roosevelt ave for tacos al pastor. That this place is around and 20+ minutes closer is just awesome. Real tacos al pastor. In westchester. Whodathunk???

      Thanks again. I'll report back after Thursday.

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      1. Yes, I am interested as well. I went to Sunset Grille last night and found tacos al pastor on the menu. Hmmm...nothing special at all. Good, as are most of their dishes, but I expected, after reading the description of this dish, for it to sing to me. It didn't.

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        1. re: dolores

          I don't know that all restaurants serving tacos al pastor are actually spit-roasting their pork--I went to tortilliera los gemellos last week and had the al pastor(on adamclyde's general rave on the restaurant--where are you, adamclyde? Have you been to little mexican yet?) and it wasn't particularly great, either. However--the tacos al pastor at little mexican cafe are wonderful. Incredibly juicy, with a tangy/hot chili coating--a whole nother animal, really brightly flavored. But then, I really never had a bad dish at Little Mexican Cafe--I'm particularly crazy for the mole, and the grilled meats with guac.

          1. re: J. Sexton

            hey there. I'm here. just busy. I actually made two trips to new rochelle, two trips, four restaurants and nine tacos. just haven't had a minute to post about it.

            there's no doubt that little mexican cafe has superior al pastor to any around. it was very good. los gemelos is the best in PC for mexican, though their al pastor is just ok. their carnitas is their best, as is the birria. The tortillas are part of what makes los gemelos special. It's great food but with what I experienced in NR the other day, there's no reason to make the 15 minute drive. you've got more places in new rochelle at or above the level of places in PC hands down. in PC, there's los gemelos and that's all I go to for mexican. in nr, I'd go to any I tried again as much as I could...

            btw, the best taco I had amongst all of them? the carnitas taco at el michoacano. totally a surprise. but, again, I'll do a proper post on it shortly. sorry for the MIA status lately. I'll have more time in a few days! promise!

            1. re: adamclyde

              Well, I'm glad you concur about little mexican cafe--I feel vindicated. Next stop for me--Pastelandya. It's on Union, a couple doors down from El Trigal, the bakey. Next time you're in NR (or PC), I'd love to pick your brain a bit on area Mexican.

          2. re: dolores

            I'm doing some all day classes in white plains all week and went to sunset grille today to check it out in the short break I had. it was closed on monday. they've got an impressive menu, but it's definitely not a taqueria kind of place. looks like a very nice sit down restaurant. looks promising, but I'll have to try it out.

            so instead I went to cancun delights and got a nice plate of chiva enchilada (goat in a nice dark red sauce). quite good.

            as to the masa thing at sunset grille... I'm sure they are making their masa from reconstituted masa harina. I just can't imagine they are grinding their now nixtamal. That said, that they hand make their tortillas to order is really cool...

          3. Thanks, J.Sexton, it sounds like a place I'm going to have to get myself to.

            I wonder how the Red (can't remember the rest of the name!) place, Thai restaurant on the other side of Main St., is doing?

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