Best "Real" Quesadillas in New York? (moved from Outer Boroughs)
Looking for masa de harina empanada style quesadillas in New York City. I loved them in Guadalajara, but I haven't had much success finding them here. Used to like Hacienda's on 116th St, but they seem to have gone downhill a bit lately. Suggestions.
I wonder if instead of looking for quesedillas, you are really looking for pupusas, arepas or gorditas. In my experience in Mexico, I haven't seen many examples of what Americans call "quesedillas."
Do you mean a ball of masa with a chunk of cheese in the center, flattened into a disc, then cooked on a griddle until the cheese melts and the outside crisps? In that case, you seem to be talking about pupusas or arepas.
Or do you mean a freshly handmade masa tortilla, cooked until it puffs, slit open, then stuffed with a filling and grilled again? If so, you want gorditas.
There are many examples of all of these throughout the city. I suggest searching around on chowhound and maybe making a more specific post. Good luck! I'm hoping you'll get some good replies.