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Red Hook Ball Fields 2009

kathryn May 4, 2009 11:44 AM

Did anybody check it out this weekend? How were the lines?

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    demigodh RE: kathryn May 4, 2009 12:06 PM

    Went on Saturday. It's as good as ever and the lines were the shortest i've seen. For example, only 3 people ahead of me in the Huarreche line. Of course, it was supposed to rain on Saturday which might have kept some people away.

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      Widmark RE: demigodh May 4, 2009 01:05 PM

      are they back under the tents or in trucks on the street?

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        demigodh RE: Widmark May 4, 2009 01:26 PM

        It's like last year. Trucks on the street. Also, I forgot to mention before, I went on Saturday around 1:00-2:00.

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        Ike RE: demigodh May 11, 2009 02:10 PM

        The rain definitely must have kept people away on May 2. It was still drizzling intermittently at 11:30 but fortunately cleared up soon after that. So, if you want to avoid lines, risk some rain on an overcast day!

        The food was FANTASTIC. I'm craving a huarache now. Oh man. And the sopes were fascinating and delicious. The carne asada tacos from the Perez truck were fantastic. My fellow hounds like the barbacoa (goat) tacos even more, but I crave more carne asada. Other hounds offered to kindly share their papas rellenas (from the Colombian truck if I remember correctly) which were fantastic. And the tamale from the Carrello truck were the best I've ever tasted. And of course the pupusas, from another truck, were good too.

        One odd dessert item: plantain rellenito. I liked it at first but after a few more bites I wasn't quite so sure, but then I'm not a huge fan of plantain. I'm glad I didn't tackle one of those by myself.

        The only real disappointment was the ceviche from the easternmost truck. Not fresh-tasting. One hound (who might be another poster in this thread) said this was because they added the lime beforehand, rather than putting in it at the time of purchase. I observed the second-from-easternmost vendors doing it correctly, with a lime squeezer, so their ceviche might be good.

        I wish I could find something nearly this good here in Newark. Why don't WE have our own version of the Red Hook Ballfields over here? I've never even seen a frickin' taco truck in Newark, even though we've probably got plenty of Guatemalans. I need to talk to Cory Booker STAT.

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        comiendosiempre RE: kathryn May 4, 2009 08:25 PM

        We have never been there yet but want to head over this weekend, maybe after a soccer game in Bklyn. Is there seating at or near the Fields? I know nothing like a restaurant, etc., but are there any seats or picnic tables nearby where we can sit and chow down? Thanks.

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          jdf RE: comiendosiempre May 5, 2009 05:21 AM

          There are. The trucks surround a park with a soccer field. So, there are some picnic tables and benches. Some of the vendors also set up a few small tables, but since it gets crowded, you're probably better off grabbing seating in the park.

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            fredid RE: jdf May 5, 2009 11:21 AM

            Or bring a blanket! Best if it's washable :>} !!

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          Nelson_Lai1975 RE: kathryn May 7, 2009 05:35 PM

          I was thinking of heading there for during dinner time on Sunday ? Does anyone know their operating hours ?

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            bigjeff RE: Nelson_Lai1975 May 8, 2009 10:13 PM

            it's one of those spots best enjoyed mid-day, sitting in the sun and enjoying the sun; seeing that the vendors start quite early in the mornings (for the games) I don't think they run much further past dusk; latest i was there was maybe 6 or 7pm; can't remember the lighting situation but it was still light out.

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              Adeenabs RE: Nelson_Lai1975 May 9, 2009 05:36 AM

              nycfoodguy.com has a nice post on his site with all of the essential information about the ball fields - how to get there, hours of operation, etc. According to him they're open 11-8.

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                Alcachofa RE: Adeenabs Jun 29, 2009 06:30 PM

                Yes that nycfoodguy post had good info. I was there last weekend. Here is the link to the precise post:

                Pics of an Al Pastor taco (best I've ever had) and some ceviche:

            2. pitu RE: kathryn Jul 1, 2009 10:19 AM

              Similar vendors at the Ft Greene flea market "Brooklyn Flea" -- serving from tables, not trucks. Long line for pupusas, but nothing like the wait of ballfields trucks. Many of the tasty favorites are there -- pupusas, huaraches, corn, etc.

              Have not seen ceviche at this location yet.

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                queenseats RE: pitu Jul 1, 2009 12:10 PM

                Had a lovely lunch there this past Saturday. Got the mixed seafood ceviche -- totally satisfied my craving for ceviche. Very good. Then moved onto the pupusa truck (they had the longest line, so I figured it was a good pick). Had the beef and cheese and a spinach and cheese pupusa. Both were very good, served with a nice pickled cabbage side (they taste even better with a topping of sour cream), reminds me of a borscht. The sweet plantains with sour cream were a decadent treat. We also sampled the grilled corn (excellent with lime and butter) as well as some of the tasty fruit drinks. One vendor also sold dried pumpkin seeds, which we snacked on later. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and there were hardly any long lines (good for waiting but bad for business?).

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                  pitu RE: queenseats Jul 1, 2009 12:49 PM

                  are you talking about ballfields or flea market?

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                    queenseats RE: pitu Jul 2, 2009 06:18 AM

                    Red Hook Ballfields

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                      pitu RE: queenseats Jul 2, 2009 10:28 AM

                      dang, I was hoping ceviche had showed up at the flea market!

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                        SpiceJunkies RE: pitu Aug 2, 2009 06:40 AM

                        I second your call. It's the only thing missing from the Ft. Greene Flea...aside from not being around on Sunday.,

              2. _emilie_ RE: kathryn Jul 30, 2009 08:43 AM

                Does anyone know when they usually shut down, or more importantly, *run out of food* on Saturdays? We were hoping to grab dinner there this weekend, but I have seen hours listed as everything from 9-10, to 9-9, to 11-8, to 10-7... If we get out there at 7, are we going to have anything good left to eat?

                1. Asumnuthin RE: kathryn Aug 10, 2009 06:06 AM

                  We went on Saturday and boy did I enjoy myself
                  Pork Huarreche with all the fixins first also enjoyed a corn with lime and chili while waiting on the line
                  pupusas with pork and cheese. I really enjoyed that with the tomato sauce and the red cabbage slaw type accompaniments. However the chicharones were a bit to much for me, the boyfriend ate all of those.
                  Lime-aid and fresh pineapple juice to wash it all down
                  my one disappointment was the mixed ceviche. i thought it was just OK, I added all the spicy side and then had to add more of the chili paste from the Huarreche place. It was the one thing we didn’t finish. I should have known better, the only place with no line, but I had my heart set on great ceviche.

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                    JungMann RE: Asumnuthin Aug 11, 2009 10:28 AM

                    I made my first trip this past Saturday as well! The pork huarache was tasty but disappointingly limp. It resembled nothing so much as an extra-large tortilla. At the very least, they could have used some beans or crema to take it an extra step. Pupusas were great -- I avoided the chicharron as well, mainly to make room for the ceviche. Again, disappointing. It was very one-note, even with the hot sauce. Her empanadas were pretty good, though, even if they were a little too much on the sweet side and in need of olives and onions.

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                      Bob Martinez RE: JungMann Aug 11, 2009 01:05 PM

                      "The pork huarache was tasty but disappointingly limp. It resembled nothing so much as an extra-large tortilla. At the very least, they could have used some beans or crema to take it an extra step."

                      I agree with you about both the tastiness and the limpness of the huarache but the last thing it needs is more crema. The shell isn't sufficiently crisp and the crema they add quickly causes it to disintegrate. It's best to immediately tilt the huarche at a 45 degree angle to allow the excess liquid to drain out. That will preserve the shell for about 5 minutes. Then it's time for some fast eating.

                      I've taken to bringing some paper towels with me which I use as big napkins. This is not a meal for the fastidious amongst us.

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