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Dec 24, 2006 11:42 PM


Can someone recommend where I can go for good tamales in either Brooklyn or Queens? Thank you.

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  1. They have great tamales ($1) in Astoria at the Mexican Grocery on 29th Street, just south of 30th Ave. Big selection too of savory and sweet.

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    1. re: Rover

      I picked some up this morning for Christmas- they were very good! My Mexican girlfriend from East LA even thought they were good, which is the ultimate proof of authenticity :)

      1. re: BigV

        They have amazing tacos and amazing tamales there - it's a great little hole in the wall, very authentic and cheap prices too.

          1. re: bigjeff

            big Jeff, Its hard to say cuz there are so many different styles. In the South Texas tradition, it is a corn masa with roasted pork meat filling, the sweet comes form adding raisins. Notrhen Mexicans have a Very sweet Tamal that has a corn dough with a sweet filling minus the meat.

      2. re: Rover

        Those are good. When I lived there i also liked the ones, made only on the weekend, at the little bodega at Astoria Blvd. and 28th. The owner's abuela makes them, along with some pretty yummy rotisserie chicken. The girlfriend and I used to get them on weekend mornings and bring them back to the apartment. Great with a fried egg and some salsa.

      3. in astoria, these days i prefer the tamales at joseph and sylvia's market at astoria and 23rd. but in any case there are a lot of pretty good tamales in astoria at this time.

        1. You don't even have to change trains to do a B-Q tamale run...the "flower stand" on 4th Avenue and 10th Street (right outside where the "R" meets the "F") is also a lip-smackin' good food shop with two-thumbs-up tamales and thick, reasonably priced soups. My recs: Perfect green chicken and mole tamales - they were all outta reds on last visit.

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          1. re: Mike R.


            You're talking about the 4th Avenue Stop on the F train in Brooklyn, or is this in Queens? All I recall in this area is a wine shop and a check cashing place, but maybe I need to look closer.

            1. re: Rocknrope

              It's the F & R transfer point in Brooklyn...they've been constructing a wooden shed area in front of the place in case you don't recognize it immediately.

              1. re: Mike R.

                4th Ave. between 10th & 11th Sts. A block south of the 4th Ave./9th St. subway stop. Only a very small sign on the front and not obvious from the street except for the aforementioned wooden porch.

            2. re: Mike R.

              Somebody was just telling me about this place the other day. It's run by the folks who had a closet-sized soup place on 7th Ave. in the slope for a couple of years.

              1. re: Peter Cherches

                I probably posted above before I discovered Lopez Bakery in South Slope. Some of the best tamales I've ever had, lightest fluffiest masa. But they're rather pricey since they're very small and $1.50 each. One will hardly make a dent in an appetite--but I usually eat one on my walk from the slope to Sunset Park as a teaser.


            3. Original Mexican Grocery on 29th Street is amazing - the tamales at El Compita down on 34th Avenue, between 32nd and 33rd Streets, are also quite good.

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                1. re: jmax

                  yes -- at least they were available daily mid last year.

                  1. re: jmax

                    they used to be most days - occasionally they said they were out. Once they changed management (chef and owner I think) it went downhill fast. The tacos are really dry now and unremarkable. I haven't tried the tamales since it changed hands - expected to be as sorely disappointed as I was with the tacos. Viva El Mariachi on Broadway (33/34) is my new spot for tamales and tacos.

                2. re: flower stand. It's on the West side of 4th ave (the same side as the F train lets out) between 10th and 11th. R train will get you there as well. There is a liquor store (bullet proof glass/not high end) on the corner of 10th and 4th, and a check cashing place on the corner of 4th and 9th. So, cash your check, get some booze and buy some tamales. I like the Oxacanos (red in banana leaf) the best. They are definitely the spiciest.....

                  If you are feeling more adventurous, stay on the R until 45th or so, then walk up to 5th ave. and browse the many food options. Search tamales and Sunset Park for specific recommendations....

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                  1. re: cheapskate

                    "So, cash your check, get some booze and buy some tamales."

                    That has to be the best advice I've gotten all year.