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Best Bronx Cheap secrets

So everyone knows little italy in the Bronx, and they know some of the other ancient 'establishments' in this borough...but what about the unsung heroes that are slaving all day to sling the cheap eats....

My favorites are the following....on Randall Ave (Hunts Point) right around the corner from http://www.mogridder.com/..is a little hot dog stand (MON-FRI) that stands apart from all the other dirty water dogs in NYC. This guy stands outside of a wholesale mexican grocery store called Aborrotes Mexicanos) slinging hot dogs with a unique twist. The order here is a "hot dog con todo" with yields you a hot dog (cooked in a veggie broth) topped with a onions, chili, queso fresco, hot sauce, and a homemade cilantro spiked jalapeno relish.....for two bucks its unbeatable......I feel like a total slut when i am eating it but its so worth the feeling of self-worthlessness that you get after you eat it.

Also, there is Real Azteca http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/... , right across the Bruckner. A few mexican granmothers are making all types of mexican corn masas, sopes, and tortillas by hand....sit down space in the back.

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Real Azteca
1013 E 163rd St, Bronx, NY 10459

Hot dog vendor
1170 Randall Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

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  1. I'll chime in with a good cheap eat for Dominican food, and of all places, you'll find this secret inside a Pioneer Supermarket. The deli department there makes an excellent MANGU and they'll serve it up with any meat or side dish you want. Their menu varies, but the mangu is made everyday.
    Meats include pork, chicken, and even meatloaf, while the sides can be scrambled eggs, rice, beans, mashed potatoes, etc. Head over to the deli and ask for a lunch-size tin. They'll load it up for you for all of 3 fiddy. Serious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cn7xf... Dinner portions are served in a bigger tin and cost slightly more.

    Pioneer Supermarket (Deli Department)
    790 Allerton Ave.
    Bronx, NY 10467
    (718) 708-7214

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    Pioneer Supermarket
    790 Allerton Ave, Bronx, NY 10467

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      gotta love the bronx for the best dominican food around.......maybe better dominican restaurants than DR itself!

    2. Real Azteca is on my list -- if grandmothers are doing the cooking, I'm there. Just curious -- what are you fav' places to go for Dominican food in the Bronx? I'm curious to explore.

      Oh, another Bronx rec' for you -- in Parkchester: Neerob. It's the best Desi restaurant food (Bangladeshi, not Indian) I've found in the city yet. They don't hold back on the mustard oil and the chilis. And it's all extremely affordable.

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      Real Azteca
      1013 E 163rd St, Bronx, NY 10459

      Neerob
      2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

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      1. re: CitySpoonful

        Neerob sounds great. i am going there now for lunch today.

        Other good dominican...167th and webster ave...El Bohio Lechonera....then on randall ave in hunts point there is Randall Restaurant.

        But real azteca is a special place.

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        Neerob
        2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

        Randall Restaurant
        1328 Randall Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

        1. re: FoodExpression

          Just got back from Neerob....I have nothing but great things to say about this place. Food was completely fresh and delicious. I thought I liked Indian food but I think this place may have just topped my list. Samosas were fresh and hot...so tasty...I had, chicken masala ( i think) oxtails, chicken with coconut milk and curry.....veg samosas....cant wait to go back.

          I forgot to try the naan.

          1. re: FoodExpression

            Thanks for the Dominican recs!! I just need to get more free time for some eating & exploring. :)

            Glad you liked Neerob -- it is an amazing place! My husband is Indian and generally we just cook at home because Indian restaurants are so inauthentic, but Neerob is totally the exception to that trend.

            And yes, I had no idea samosas were a Bangladeshi snack, but they make the best restaurant version I've ever had! (Almost as good as the better homemade samosas I've tried...!)

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            Neerob
            2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

            1. re: FoodExpression

              Those samosas are probably the best ever. Thin flaky exterior. Unbelievable. Probably can eat three in one sitting. Since you're in the neighborhood, you have to try the taqueria right next door -- Taqueria Tlaxcalli. Very good Mexican eats there. Mushroom quesadillas were standouts, as were the enchilada suiza, tortas, and tacos. Their yellow rice and black beans are worth a mention also because they are so delicious. The only criticism I have of the place is that they will nickel and dime you if you're not careful. A tiny bowl of extra salsa is a dollar extra, cheese on your torta is a dollar extra, if you want three sauces in the colors of the Mexican flag on your enchilada suiza, that's FOUR dollars extra. Great. Unsuspecting customers don't want this kind of treatment come time to settle the bill. I think that the extra charges should be printed on the menu, or at the very least the customer should be informed when they order. Other than that, the food is VERY good -- right up there with Estrellita Poblana.

              Estrellita Poblana --> http://www.estrellitapoblanaiv.com/

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              Taqueria Tlaxcalli
              2103 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

              Estrellita Poblana IV
              45 Westchester Square, Bronx, NY 10461

              1. re: Cheese Boy

                Excellent, the more recs the merrier (except for my waistline...)! I have yet to try Estrellita Poblano, but suffice to say, it's also "on the list" as is Taqueri Tlaxcalli (now). Many thanks!

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  Just tried this Taqueria Tlaxcalli today and it was top notch. Literally the best chilaquiles that I have had outside Mexico.

                  Clean place, beautiful vividly colored dishes with red chile sauce to match.

                  I had the carne enchilada chilaquiles and i never had such crispy delicious pork. I must also say to Driggs...you needs to check this place out ....very colorful inside and they have this dish called molcajetas....not sure if this is the traditional way of serving it but it was a neat looking dish served in a steaming hot molcajeta (hence the name).

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                  Taqueria Tlaxcalli
                  2103 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

                  1. re: FoodExpression

                    As much as I like Mexican food, I really want to try the hot dog vendor you recommended in HP. Those doggies he's serving up sound really delicious.
                    Glad you liked the taqueria. ; - )

              2. re: FoodExpression

                Just a bit of a note on Neerob, but I would personally recommend people gear more towards their Bangladeshi specialties and their veg. Both are extremely impressive and by far the best I've had outside of a Bangladeshi household in NYC (and to be honest, Gram Bangla in London only does a couple of things better.) Khokon and the rest of the crew are also amazingly hospitable. Their mishti (particularly sandesh) is the best of its sort (Bengali at least) in the city. Excellent peanut-y sandesh flavored with huge amounts of palm sugar and coated in toasted peanuts.

                I just had an amazing meal there the other day (losing count on how many times I've been there) and despite not having gone for almost two months (one month in London) I was welcomed in Bangla, introduced to customers (and made to repeat my entire order to about 10 people since I order in Bangla, but it's fun and endearing) and then the food started coming. Highlights of this meal which I had not had before were the karela and potato which was vastly superior to Ghoroa's. The whole tilapia mas is passable and the first thing I've had there that didn't wow me. They didn't have keski mas, lothia shutki, ilish mas, etc that day so I ended up having to opt for it because I was with a pescatarian, but they usually have an immense fish selection (at least rohu mas (carp) and keski mas (baby anchovies.)

                Also try the bhortas. Their selection is unparallelled in NYC. On my last visit they had a chingri mas (Shrimp) bhorta with mung beans, fish chatni, shutki chatni, tomato bhorta, bhegun bhorta and aloo bhorta. All were excellent.

                I wouldn't mind doing a Chowdown here and I'll consider making a post and having it sticky'ed for the occasion. I'd call in advance and see if they could make a few things I haven't had in ages like stewed green banana balls or lothia shutki with green yard beans.

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                Ghoroa
                168-41 Hillside Ave, Queens, NY 11432

                Neerob
                2109 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

                1. re: JFores

                  Count me in for any Chowdown action!

                  And yes, you're right -- nevermind the awesome samosay; the really good stuff is the Bangladeshi fare.

                  I was blown away by the bhortas I tried. bhegun (eggplant), aloo (potato), mashed moong beans, and mashed chana daal bhortas were all great. They were genuintely spicy (with the fresh taste of those little green chilis that pack so much heat) and garlicky, w/generous use of mustard oil, which you never see in restaurants here -- perhaps because that stuff has such a strong smell when you cook with it?

                  My only gripe -- I wish I wasn't a vegetarian so I could get in on all the amazing looking fish dishes... :)

                  1. re: CitySpoonful

                    Ahhhh vegetarian! Uh... not to cause an incident here, but the green bhorta with mung beans (I am 95% sure) contains shrimp!

                    The lack of mustard oil usage is largely down to the fact that it was banned for sale as a cooking product until very recently. A lot of largely false studies funded by vegetable and soy bean oil companies in India got it technically banned there. US and UK bans followed. In the UK it was still quite easy to find restaurants using it, but in the US it was extremely rare outside of bhortas. The bans in both countries have no been overturned.

                    1. re: JFores

                      Long ago, I made my bargain: I generally turn a blind eye to shrimp/anchovy paste, fish sauce, etc. if I can't detect them. You can go crazy trying to avoid that stuff!

                      Ah, that's right! Indeed, I own a bottle of mustard oil that is boldly labeled "for external use only" (as a hair oil, presumably).

                  2. re: JFores

                    JFores is definitely the man when it comes to Bangladeshi cuisine.

                    I am thrilled to have him (a former resident of 13th Avenue Brooklyn) come into Parkchester to dine out. Bring plenty of your friends bro and come often !!
                    We love having you.

                2. re: CitySpoonful

                  A favorite for Dominican food is El Nuevo Bohio.

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                  El Nuevo Bohio
                  1155 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10456

                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    Thank you, I'll add this to my list of places to check out. I think a Bronx Dominican crawl may be in order.... :)

                    1. re: CitySpoonful

                      Unless it's changed hands again, El Nuevo Bohio is Puerto Rican. There's not much difference in the menu, but the style may be slightly different. It's great either way.

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                      El Nuevo Bohio
                      1155 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10456

                      1. re: JH Jill

                        Oh don't say that. I might have to go this weekend to review things.

                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                          Hmmm. so there are 2 El Nuevo Bohio in the Bronx. I love the one on East Tremont for there Lechon and have been going there since the mid eighties. It was recently covered by NYT. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/nyr...

                          I just came back from Philly and had the suckling pig from Amada and the Lechon here is MUCH better!!!

                3. I been doing a photo series in Hunts Point and have had recently been stopping by now and then for a hot dog. Pretty good stuff. A lot better than the foodbar at Mr Wedges

                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/s...

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                  Mr Wedge
                  673 Hunts Point Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

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                  1. re: driggs

                    So you went to that place outside Abborotes? i am laden with guilt after each meeting with those dogs but they make me soooo happy. Other must try is Real Azteca. Just take Huntspoint Ave and cross the bruckner blvd. Its on 167th on the right had side right there at simpson st.

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                    Real Azteca
                    1013 E 163rd St, Bronx, NY 10459

                    1. re: FoodExpression

                      Yes I did. I will try Real Azteca; I have been fortunate as part of my photo project to have been invited for some home cooked Mexican and Dominican meals in Hunts Point. Needless to say, I take those when I can!

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                      Real Azteca
                      1013 E 163rd St, Bronx, NY 10459

                    2. re: driggs

                      Here is a picture of the man serving one of the best hot dogs I have had, with some pretty amazing toppings.

                      Man wonderful homemade relishes and sauces on top. As Foodexpression has mentioned many times, he is at 1170 randalls ave in Bronx. In front of a large Mexican food store.

                      The cart looks like any other hotdog stand

                       
                      1. re: driggs

                        You are truly giving this man the credit he deserves! Great job Driggs!

                        1. re: FoodExpression

                          Thanks.

                          I do think the hot dog, with the works (Hot dog con todo) is pretty great new york food secret.

                          I stumbled on him by accident, I ordered a hot dog as an excuse to talk to some guys near him about letting me take some pictures of the pigeons on there roofs.

                          The bun itself is very ordinary, its the tub after tub of sauces and condiments that he starts putting on the dog that makes it so special.

                          The cilantro jalapeno relish is amazing, and then the two slices of cheese (I think goat cheese?) just puts it over the top.

                          Thanks again for posting about him, I think he deserves a bit more attention.

                    3. Speaking of MoGridders has anyone tried it? Because of how good the Hot dog guy is, I have never given it a shot, although I have taken a picture of the guys who always hang out there.

                       
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                      1. re: driggs

                        Great shot...I see those guys out there all the time.

                        That hot dog is a bad bad thing...now I think I am going to eat them all the time.

                        Mo-Gridders just came back to town after about a year or so shut down. I havent tried it again but as much as I dont want it to be true, they truly need to work on running that place a bit smoother. Its always an effort to order at that place.

                        I guess I should just be counting my lucky stars that I can even get some decent bbq in hunts point.

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                        Mo Gridder's
                        565 Hunts Point Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

                        Hot dog vendor
                        1170 Randall Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

                      2. Have a hankering for one of those dogs...going now.

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                        1. re: FoodExpression

                          I was up taking photos on yesterday, was disappointed to find he (and the whole Mexican food store) are closed on Sundays

                          1. re: driggs

                            Too bad....did you end up getting any other good grub in the neighborhood?

                            I completely forgot to mention one other Street Food Secret....every morning at 8:38 am an adorable little abuelita grandmother comes to my place of work with a push cart filled with a daily homemade treat. Either homemade tamales, or tacos, or mexican style egg sandwhich on whole wheat bread...just simple stuff.....she also bring this hot mexican beverage that is some kind of starchy liquid that is a bit too heavy for me but my employees seems to like it.

                            Her food is very simple but you cant beat 2 bucks morning taco lady.

                            1. re: FoodExpression

                              I also forgot about Jamaican Connection. Its a tiny hole in the wall Jamaican bakery that makes beef patties and curried goat from scratch. I was a bit skeptical at first about ordering the beef patty with coco bread. I mean, the beef patty already has its doughy shell why add another dough border? But when you order the patty with coco bread it all makes sense. Sweet doughy bread balances the heavily spiced beef inside the patty. I havent had one in a while as it really is a heavy dish but a must stop for any pre-yankee game treat. Its on 167th st nearby yankee stadium.

                              A real treat.