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Best Mexican Products

JungMann Apr 22, 2010 07:15 AM

There is plenty of debate about where to find the best baguette, but where can I find the best corn tortillas in Manhattan? I know to head to Despaña for embutido, but where can I find the best Mexican chorizo for taco night at home? And what about fresh masa or quesillo?

Basically where does a home cook go to shop for the best of this great cuisine?

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    kathryn RE: JungMann Apr 22, 2010 08:01 AM

    For Mexican ingredients, Edible Manhattan really liked Las Palomas:
    http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/november/december-2009/south-of-the-border-around-the-corner.htm

    For masa, you may need to go to the Outer Boroughs.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585545

    There have been previous topics about finding high quality fresh masa in Manhattan, but typically nobody's been successful.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/496925
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/434173
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/466228

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    Las Palomas
    219 W 100th St, New York, NY 10025

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      JungMann RE: kathryn Apr 22, 2010 08:18 AM

      I've tried Nixtamal. They're good, but I wasn't so bowled over that I'm itching to go back to Corona.

      I'm aware of Las Palomas but am hoping other posters have purchased and tasted the products at one of our many carnicerias and mercados and can report back on flavor and quality.

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      Las Palomas
      219 W 100th St, New York, NY 10025

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        kathryn RE: JungMann Apr 22, 2010 08:38 AM

        Don't know if you noticed this, but there is a short review at the bottom of this page:
        http://www.chow.com/restaurants/91325...

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      hungrycomposer RE: JungMann Apr 22, 2010 11:41 PM

      I go to Zaragoza on 1st avenue near 13th st. It's small, but it's convenient, and they usually have fresh tortillas. The owners are very nice and it's a family run shop. I have also seen comparatively good Mexican ingredients at the Essex Street Market. Not California quality, but hey, it's New York.

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      Essex Street Market
      120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

      1. doublejnyc RE: JungMann Feb 16, 2011 08:20 AM

        Mexican Deli, Inc. at 2711 Broadway (bet. 104th & 103rd) has a few authentic items but not a huge selection by any means. They make they're own authentic mexican soft corn tacos and tamales on Saturday and Sunday. Probably only worth a visit if you live nearby on the UWS.

        http://maps.google.com/maps/place?oe=...

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          LNG212 RE: doublejnyc Feb 16, 2011 08:51 AM

          If you stop there, you could also stop in at Las Palomas (on W100th) in the same trip. It's a teeny mexican grocery but they have lots of stuff.

          oops - sorry! just realized this was an old thread that got reanimated.

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          Las Palomas
          219 W 100th St, New York, NY 10025

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