On a quest for the best Tamales in the 5 boroughs.
also posted this on the Manhattan board but didn't get many responses. so...
There is some GREAT (and not so great) Mexican food in the city. I've had some OK and some really NOT OK tamales in Manhattan. I need your recommendations for your favorite, most tasty (which means not dry!!) tamales in the 5 boroughs. Because it's one of the best dishes ever created. And my mouth is watering just writing this email.
I'll throw in a Part B for extra credit--grilled corn mexican style...
Try the guy who stands under the LIRR tracks on Roosevelt Ave. in Woodside near the 61st St. 7 stop. I particularly like his queso tamales.
part b is easy--the red hook ballfields. do a search on this board, there's tons of posts about it.
as for tamales: try red hook ballfields for those as well. there's also a place in park slope--4th ave and 10th street, that does decent regular and oaxaqueno tamales. there's also rico's in sunset park. and we got tamales from a place on 5th ave in park slope the other day that were surprisingly good, moist and spicy, but unfortunately i forget the name and location. i'll check with my SO about the location and get back to you.
as for manhattan, i've always been partial to the tamales they make in the little mexican grocery store on ave A, btw. 13th and 14th, next to muzzarella pizza. you can get them "con todos" there, which means they put them on a plate with lettuce, the crumbly white queso, and green or red sauce. The tamales themselves are moist and tasty.
Thanks all. Anyone have any news on the status of the DOH and redhook vendors? i thought they were on some ridiculous mission to crack down. (ie vendors required to have running water...seriously gimme a break). I'll hit the place in alphabet city 1st (benefits from proximity to my home).
I'll definitely check these out and report back.
Is the season already over for the Redhook guys i thought they were a summer/very early fall fall thing only.
and yes...i love cafe habana for corn! (one place not to try for corn-or anything else, despite the hype-is Kampuchea on the LES...save your money.)