Hidden, authentic, hole-in-the-walls...
I am always looking for my next hidden find. Any hints on authentic, hidden, hole-in-the-walls that offer the best of the best. All types of food welcome... Please share
I think that might have been me a few days ago as well. I asked if anybody has been to both so that they could compare. I'll agree to go try Puebla if you try Downtown Bakery!
I especially recommend the Carne Asada Burrito and the Adovo de Puerco. The tacos are good, too, but seem similar in quality to some of the newer, albeit slightly more expensive taco stands sprouting up around town. More than anything, this isthe best burrito I've had in Manhattan, similar to what you can find in really good CA joints.
Actually I'm a step ahead of you...lol. I just had the chicken tacos and pernil enchiladas, and both were quite tasty. The rice and beans were fine, but they were a little too dressed up for my taste. To be honest, though, I haven't been to Puebla in a while, so I'll have to go back to make a qualified comparison.
I'll stay with murray hill/ gramercy area since I know it best:
Cosette for french
Barbes for French/Morroccan
El Pote for Spanish
El Parador for Mexican
Trattoria Alba for Italian
Los dos Molinos - Southwestern/Mexican
I've always had great meals at each of these places, and they're all a bit off the beaten path.
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Haven't been to Trattoria Alba in ages, but it's definitely no hole-in-the-wall.
We recently tried El Parador for the first time, and I found the food very disappointing. No hole-in-the-wall either.
I do like Cosette a lot. Realyy good French bistro cuisine and tiny, so I guess that makes it a hole-in-the-wall, albeit a very charming one.
El Castillo del Jagua for Dominican
La Strada for Dominican
Taza del Oro for Puerto Rican
Tehuitzingo for Mexican
Myer's of Keswick for English
Pistahan for Filipino
La Nacional for tapas