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Corona tears? Nixtamal downhill; timmy's gone

Anicca May 17, 2011 11:07 AM

Having become a great fan of Nixtamal last summer, I ventured over from Astoria on Sunday to get my hands on the tacos "al pastor" and had a very disappointing experience. First of all, they were out of al pastor, even though it was only 1pm on Sunday - made me cry - and the "help" was clueless. There's always a shortage of tables there, but several were sitting dirty, piled high with dishes - there was no where to sit. Even though we were standing, the not too busy staff was standing around, noone seemed in hurry to open up a table or two. Two of the streetside tables were being leaked on by an air conditioner or something, and, as a result, unusable. We finally just got frustrated and left tacoless. Did we just hit a bad day or could the place use some more management attention?

We decided to console ourselves with a conefull of Timmy's frozen custard down the street, but alas the space was being converted into a beauty parlor. What happened?

Timmy O's
49-07 104th St, Queens, NY 11368

Tortilleria Nixtamal
104-05 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11368

  1. daffyduck Jun 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    =( i'm so sad about Timmy O's..they were so much better than Shake Shack, -_- now I have to go to the city for a frozen custard fix -_-

    Shake Shack
    Roosevelt Ave 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

    1. CitySpoonful Jun 7, 2011 07:57 AM

      As much as I hate to admit this, my last meal there was totally underwhelming. Aside from the amazingly flavorful tortillas, I was not impressed. My veg. tacos were actually soggy and not terribly flavorful (I've had better at Los Portales on B'way in Astoria -- a hole-in-the-wall 'hood joint...) and flavorless tamales, as Zen Foodist noted. I was so disappointed, after reading so many good things about Tortilleria Nixtamal.

      Tortilleria Nixtamal
      104-05 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11368

      Los Portales
      25-08 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

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        jester99 Jun 6, 2011 08:16 AM

        I have lately been craving fresh tortillas and tacos so i wll most likely end up there on Saturday and hopefully all is well there. Any other recs for tacos in the vicinity?

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        1. re: jester99
          Jeffsayyes Jun 6, 2011 07:44 PM

          YES - El Globo. This is my nixtamal killer. they also have a tortilla press, and also a big tub for frying the pork. it's on 102nd st.

          El Globo
          42-13 102nd St, Queens, NY 11368

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          stuartlafonda May 18, 2011 06:38 AM

          I have seen the boss, Fernando at the Kiosk almost everytime I have been there, four times in the last two weeks and he told me he is there everyday so that can't be good for the home office. However, Shauna should still be there and the place is so small she should be able to run the place on her own, at least to the level of adequate service. As for the food, I have not been to the Corona branch in a few months but the Kiosk food, with the exception of the al pastor, is as good as the original had been serving.

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          1. re: stuartlafonda
            ZenFoodist May 19, 2011 12:37 PM

            I'm with the original poster. :( Down, down, down hill... the tamales I picked up last week were dry and flavorless particularly the pork verde. And the service really stunk. Slow and indifferent. My love affair is over.

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            Pookipichu May 17, 2011 08:55 PM

            Their service is always slow. Always. Grab your own menus and seat yourself, chase the waitress down to take your order and chase her down to give you your check, because otherwise you will not get service. Wonderful food, but the management is lacking.

            1. Joe MacBu May 17, 2011 12:59 PM

              Nixtamal recently opened a kiosk near City Hall, so perhaps the management is indeed neglecting the Corona location for now.

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