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Taqueria Coatzingo in Jackson Heights for a virgin

janie Feb 23, 2008 07:05 AM

Couple questions--first of all, where is it, conflicting addresses of 82nd and 79th?
Secondly, does anyone know if they make any chicken dishes with white meat chicken, as my husband will never eat dark, and I prefer breast chicken as well. Also, I read that the guacomole is very watery, is it always in this state? Any comparison between the light and delicious quesadillas that De Mole in Sunnyside makes?--any similiarity or completely different?

Is the entire menu in Spanish? No english at all?

Is the place a dump or presentable and clean?


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  1. Xiao Yang RE: janie Feb 23, 2008 07:14 AM

    I haven't been there, not being local, but I have it on my list at 76th St.

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      carfreeinla RE: janie Feb 23, 2008 08:06 AM


      The menu. I had the chicken chipotlado the othe day and it was all white meat. Depends on what you consider a dive- no tableclothes, but it is a family oriented place. Come as you are, The guacamole is a sauce, not a dip.

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        JFores RE: janie Feb 23, 2008 01:39 PM

        They speak good Spanish. The interior is very nice for Jackson Heights, but I wouldn't make any illusions of grandeur. The guacamole is authentic and non-Americanized. I would honestly stick to the slow cooked pork and beef dishes generally. For quesadillas, go to the cart outside the store and down the block on the left. She's usually there and it's Spanish only, but just order a quesadilla con pollo. Should be 2 bucks. Taqueria Coatzingo has good tacos but I'd prefer the local carts (which are cheaper and better.) I resisted making a dozen or so title related jokes...

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          Xiao Yang RE: JFores Feb 23, 2008 05:16 PM

          Good that they speak good Spanish, I guess. Perhaps you meant to say "English?"

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            JFores RE: Xiao Yang Feb 23, 2008 06:03 PM

            Haha yeah! But really, quite excellent Spanish among the staff there ;)

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          The Turtle Bay Dove RE: janie Feb 24, 2008 04:53 AM

          There are two locations -one on Roosevelt in the 70s and one on 82nd Street just south of Roosevelt.

          I've never had trouble with English there - although the specials (which I usually order) are mostly just listed in Spanish - but ask for translations if you need it.

          It's not a dump, but it's a storefront casual place - not a nice environment to linger in or anything.

          Never had a quesadilla there - just tacos and main courses/specials.

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            janie RE: The Turtle Bay Dove Feb 24, 2008 07:31 AM

            thanks, which is the better location or how do they differ?

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              Brian S RE: janie Feb 24, 2008 10:35 AM

              I've eaten at the original 76th street location countless times. The atmosphere is very gemutlich and it's one of my favorite places. I've never eaten at the 82nd street location because it looks like a run-down Wendy's.

              This post, in case you haven't seen it, has detalied descriptions of a LOT of the specials:


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                david sprague RE: Brian S Feb 24, 2008 12:42 PM

                brian has serenaded the original coatzingo in such exquisite detail that i couldn't possibly add anything...and i babble on at the drop of a hat.as for the 82nd st location, the vibe is not nearly as welcoming and the food...well, the tacos, tortas and basics are pretty much the same. venturing too far from those, however, is a bad idea at the outpost.

          2. subinai RE: janie Feb 24, 2008 03:27 PM

            i went to jackson heights for the first time today. hit up TC and this truck on 91st(?). sooo good.

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