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Mar 24, 2007 10:48 AM

Tamales or arepas in Brooklyn?

Any recommendations for tamales or arepas in Brooklyn? I've been to the famous arepa lady in Queens but am looking for something closer. I was a fan of Cafe Mexicano on Union St at 4th Ave, but it has closed. Many thanks.

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  1. arepas i can't help you with, but they do decent tamales at the soup place on 4th ave between 10th and 11th. the oaxaquenos are good and the regular ones decent too.

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    1. re: missmasala

      I second this, I love their tamales.

    2. I've had the tamales at Alma on Columbia Street (Columbia Waterfront -slash-Carroll Gardens) that were pretty killer. The menu is a little pricey -- it's billed as upscale Mexican -- but everything I've had has warranted the price.

      1. I'm a fan of the tamales sold outside of the bodega next to La Flor bakery on 5th Ave between 40 and 41 (east side of the street, closer to 41), but that could just be because I don't have to cross the street to get there from my house. I think the best tamales are in my neighborhood and I would recommend walking 5th Ave in the 40s and 50s and sampling the goods. Over the last 10 years, the Puerto Rican and Domincan population of SP has been steadily replaced by new Mexican immigrants. Hence tamale offerings.

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        1. re: sunsetpark

          yes, for quality/variety, i agree that sunset park can't be beat for tamales. I suggested the place on 4th and 10th because it's closer to the place the OP used to go for tamales.

          When I'm short on time i go to 4th and 10th. But when i have time i go to sunset park.

          1. re: missmasala

            The best place I've found for tamales in the city is on 5th avenue on the corner of forty second. In the summer they have a little outdoor area (painted deep red) and in the winter there's a restaurant right around the corner, also with a red sign, on fifth avenue. They sell Oaxacan tomales which aren't served in corn husks, but banana leaves and the masa mixture is thick and flavorfull, not unlike scrapple, with a spicy and flavorful pulled-pork-like center. Take a couple up to sunset park with some fresh juice for a great picnic, but bring plenty of napkins, these things stain your hands their trademark red color. Fantastic!