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Nov 29, 2009 01:16 PM

Tacos Matamoros & Sunset Park

Had a very solid meal at Tacos Matamoros in Sunset Park yesterday. My wife and I sampled the tacos, mole poblano, and sopes and all were very good- definitely worthy of a return visit. The mexican hot chocolate was solid but not quite as chocolatey as De Mole's version. The atmosphere of Sunset Park was also a plus- it was like a colder, more congested mini version of East LA. The local grocery stores, meat markets, and bakeries had a lot of items you don't normally find in NY such as white hominy, cotija cheese, pan dulce, and various types of mole. The street vendors sold elote, churros, champurrado, and horchata.

If you like Mexican food, Sunset Park and Tacos Matamoros are worthy of a visit.

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  1. After reading all the great reviews of Tacos Matamoros my husband and I decided to try it the other night when craving mexican in sunset park. And I have to say we were extremely disappointed. The tacos that everyone seems to rave about had chunks of fat and cartilage in them (pork and steak) and were cold as was all the food. Reading the recommendations we also decided to try the mole poblano which was ice cold so hard to determine if it was any good, but I'd pass hot or cold. And the chicken with the mole was all dark meat and again fatty. The rice and beans - ice cold so the beans were all congealed. The only thing decent was the taquitos but really no better than you can get at Taco Bell. And for this cold mediocre food it was not cheap - over $30. So I would tell anyone looking for good mexican to stay away from this place.

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    1. re: ruffneck

      Sorry that you had such a bad experience. We eat at Tacos Matamoros quite often and have never had a bad meal- not even an OK meal. I travel between NY and LA and TX and this is my first choice for antijotes. And if I ordered something and it was ice cold ( not hot but ice cold?), I would send it back.

      1. re: ruffneck

        I agree with carfreeinla. If everything was so cold perhaps something was wrong with their oven. There have just been too many good reviews to write off this restaurant.
        Why didn't you inform the staff?
        BTW...$30 is not very costly for what you ordered.

      2. something wrong with their oven? I doubt they cook all this food in an oven, most is probably on a stove, in a deep fryer, etc.. And I would hope if there was something wrong with their oven or cooking equipment they would inform their customers. It took well over 30 minutes to get the food and did try to inform the waitresses, whom while very nice, did not at all understand what we were trying to tell them. At that point it didn't seem to make sense to wait another 30 minutes to just get back the same fatty meat but only hot. And I do think that $30 is a lot for 2 small tacos, taquitos and an enchilada, especially when its not good. For $30 you can feed 6-8 people in sunset park and get much better food.

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        1. re: ruffneck

          Something is wrong with this picture... just sounds muy raro. Taco Bell? Maybe that's the problem, being a frame of reference.

          1. re: ruffneck

            Not to be difficult but... where can you feed 6-8 people in sunset park for $30? And, the more important question, would it be chow-worthy?

            1. re: ruffneck

              Way late to this thread but this is puzzling... I completely understand that the restaurant could have had a bad night, however, I do NOT get how you paid $30 for your food. Last night we got:
              1 small taco
              1 large taco
              1 burrito
              1 quesadilla
              1 ceviche tostada
              1 veggie tostada
              and our total was $24.40!

            2. Look, I wasn't trying to be difficult either - I was just giving my opinion of my experience at this restaurant the other night. I'm not sure why everyone on this board is getting so defensive. Isn't it possible that they had an off night when I went? I was using the Taco Bell reference in a sarcastic way to show just how mediocre the food I had was. And I've personally had better food at some of the taco trucks/stands in sunset park and that is what I meant by feeding 6-8 people for $30. I don't think in order for the food to be chow-worthy it needs to be an actual restaurant especially since I see many posts on this site for non-restaurants. I was just pointing out that maybe this place isn't consistently good or maybe I was the one unlucky person to be there on a bad night. To each his own.

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              1. re: ruffneck

                I won't debate your point about getting great food from stands/trucks. That happens all the time in big cities... I will still, however, debate the feeding 6-8 people for $30 from a stand/truck or restaurant.This is what's throwing me off.

                1. re: ruffneck

                  Curious as to the locations of the places you prefer.

                  1. re: ruffneck

                    " I'm not sure why everyone on this board is getting so defensive. Isn't it possible that they had an off night when I went?"

                    Yes. It's not only possible, but given the consistently good reviews, it's highly probable.

                  2. I do like Tacos Matamoros, but from only a food standpoint I prefer Xochimilco across the street.

                    Xochimilco is food only type place. I have had wonderful stuff here; english skills often zero, decor negative, and it can get a bit dirty. Still I have found the food to be better.

                    Matamoros does have one of the sillier suggestive Neon signs. Included in picture below.

                    1. I love Tacos Matamoros. I've been eating there on a fairly regular basis since I first set foot in the place last spring. The best piece of advice I can give anyone about Matamoros is this: As yummy as the tacos are, try other things on the menu too. Do not just stick to tacos. That said, I do definitely recommend their tacos.

                      But I'm addicted to their shrimp cocktail. Sometimes I get my own. Sometimes I share one. But it's hard to resist them. And love their mole poblano. I also love a good cemita (with extra chipotle) there. And I really like their burritos. Oh, and their camarones al mojo de ajo (shrimp in garlic sauce) is yummy too. Also, thanks to the recommendation of a Chowhound, I tried and loved the costillos en adobo rojo (pork chop in red sauce). One of the things I want to try next there is their seafood soup. It looks great. I've also been meaning to try one of their steaks. I see plenty of those steaks coming out of that kitchen and plenty of young Mexican guys looking like they are really enjoying them.

                      And let me not fail to mention that the make a good margarita. And even with the addition of margaritas, the food prices have remained very inexpensive. I don't know how anyone can complain about the prices.

                      Tacos Matamoras quickly became one of my personal go-to comfort places. I love the food and margaritas and find the atmposphere and staff very comfy and friendly.

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                      1. re: Kitchop

                        Where in Sunset Park is Tacos Matamoras located.

                        1. re: irvingk

                          It's on Fifth Ave at 45th Street.