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tamale lady in the east village

hungrycomposer Nov 23, 2008 11:09 AM

Yesterday at about 2 or 3PM I saw a tamale lady on 2nd avenue between 11th and 12th, in front of Cacio e Pepe. She said that she's in the neighborhood on Saturdays and Wednesdays. She had a very makeshift little cart with bags hanging from it and a cooler. I bought a few at a dollar a pop (cheese, chicken, and what she called "spicy chicken"). I steamed one, which turned out to be the spicy chicken, which was very good - homemade, earthy, not too much meat, but very tasty.

Has anyone else seen her in the east village?

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    KTinNYC RE: hungrycomposer Nov 23, 2008 12:59 PM

    I've never seen her but I'm going to keep an eye out. This is very exciting news for the neighborhood.

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      marlie202 RE: hungrycomposer Nov 23, 2008 01:24 PM

      she is the best!

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        KTinNYC RE: marlie202 Nov 23, 2008 01:54 PM

        What times are she around?

      2. il Trifulau RE: hungrycomposer Nov 23, 2008 02:10 PM

        She delivers to the deli workers at 6th and Broome in SoHo in the mornings at unpredictable times.
        I always get excited when I see her and I stock up, but the tamales don't age well. It's best to eat them asap.

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          hungrycomposer RE: il Trifulau Nov 23, 2008 02:24 PM

          "Don't age well" as in go bad, or aren't at their best? (I have 3 in the fridge, one day old).

          She was talking to one of the guys working at Cacio e Pepe, if that helps to track her down. and as I said, she said she's around the east village on saturday and wednesday.

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            marlie202 RE: hungrycomposer Nov 24, 2008 06:37 AM

            I have steamed them when they are one day old and they are fine!!!

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              boazh RE: marlie202 Dec 12, 2008 12:00 PM

              Do you know if she has a vegetarian friendly tamale? (cheese okay) thanks.

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                Miss Needle RE: boazh Dec 12, 2008 01:56 PM

                FYI -- a lot of tamales have lard in the masa (corn dough).

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                  il Trifulau RE: boazh Dec 12, 2008 07:31 PM

                  Yes, she has cheese tamales.

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                    marlie202 RE: boazh Dec 14, 2008 03:33 PM

                    yes-cheese with red pepper and veggies

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                      marlie202 RE: boazh Feb 9, 2010 12:38 AM

                      yes--cheese with jalapenos.

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                  ywwan RE: il Trifulau Nov 27, 2008 09:00 PM

                  Freeze it, thaw and steam when you want to eat. It will keep very well.

                3. D...DF RE: hungrycomposer Nov 24, 2008 10:27 AM

                  Any idea what time of day on Wednesdays? Thanks.

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                    marlie202 RE: D...DF Nov 24, 2008 10:40 AM


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                    marlie202 RE: hungrycomposer Jan 28, 2009 09:30 AM

                    I have''t seen the lady who makes tamales lately--has anyone seen her???
                    I am having a craving---

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                      cheesemongeratlarge RE: marlie202 Jan 28, 2009 02:11 PM

                      Oh, I've seen her. Saturday Mornings, around 9 a.m. in front of the Fine Fare at 4th and C.

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                        marlie202 RE: cheesemongeratlarge Jan 28, 2009 02:25 PM

                        thanks cheesemongeratlarge

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                          _emilie_ RE: cheesemongeratlarge Jan 29, 2009 09:10 AM

                          Woh! That's the best news all day (and definitely the only good news EVER involving that Fine Fare). Thanks cheesemonger!

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                          bolletje RE: marlie202 Jan 29, 2009 08:23 PM

                          She was at the corner of East 11th and First Ave (right by westville) on Saturday at 1:20 pm, a guy told me that she is usually there at that time on Saturdays. Last weekend I ate a few cheese ones--I'm no tamale expert but these tasted delicious to me. I also saw her on Monday with her cart in the late afternoon on Ave A and probably E. 5th street but she said she had no tamales and would be back on Wednesday, just like the OP said...

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                            hungrycomposer RE: bolletje Jan 29, 2009 09:50 PM

                            If you happen to be near your computer when you see her, please post it! I saw her on second avenue back in November and never saw her there again. Sounds like she works the Avenues further east.
                            If anyone sees her... please post! I'd kill for a good homemade tamale!

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                              KTinNYC RE: hungrycomposer Jan 30, 2009 04:41 AM

                              I saw her several weeks ago on Saturday about 11 am selling tamales to some of the staff at Momofuku.

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                                hungrycomposer RE: KTinNYC Jan 30, 2009 08:18 AM

                                Which Momofuku? On 1st Avenue or 2nd Avenue? Tamales for Saturday breakfast... sounds good.

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                                  KTinNYC RE: hungrycomposer Jan 30, 2009 08:40 AM

                                  Noodle, on first.

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                          hungrycomposer RE: hungrycomposer Jan 31, 2009 09:35 AM

                          Any sightings of the tamale lady today?

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                            bolletje RE: hungrycomposer Jan 31, 2009 04:54 PM

                            unfortunately I couldn't get out of work to check. Planned on looking :(
                            I want tamales!

                          2. _emilie_ RE: hungrycomposer Sep 4, 2010 11:30 AM

                            She's out today. Just got some from her at 3rd and B (she was selling to the kitchen guys at Poco). She has mole ones, rajas (spicy peppers with cheese), and chiles verdes, as well as tortas.

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                              marlie202 RE: hungrycomposer Oct 14, 2010 08:21 AM

                              Update::The tamales are now available on Saturdays and Sundays at the Flea Market on E. 11th Street and Avenue A--also available lunches. Wonderful!!

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