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El Tenampa is The Real Deal

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Anyone else been here? On 4th avenue in Brooklyn between 21st and 22nd. I just stopped by earlier today, and these guys made me feel like I jumped on a plane to Durango. The building is like a soviet bomb shelter, its like a huge taqueria temple. They have tripe, buche, suadero, cabeza, the al pastor on a spit, and all the usual suspects. They've got a self service salsa and condiment bar that includes cucumbers. The head chef is a heavily mustached young gentleman who is like a samurai with a cleaver. This place is a must stop on any Brooklyn taco tour.

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El Tenampa
706 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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  1. Sounds great! How does it compare with Tacos Bronco?

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    1. re: Barry Strugatz

      I've only been to the Bronco restaurant, not the truck. Haven't been there in maybe a year or so. I'll need to return there and compare the tacos, but I remember really liking the place. El Tenampa certainly has a glitzier and more glamorous operation. There were these slick Mexican businessmen in meticulously tailored suits chowing down while I was there.

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      Tacos El Bronco
      4324 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

      1. re: AubWah

        The Torta Milanesa de Res con todo ($6!) is unspeakably badass

    2. Agreed. Though on a recent visit we got an order of huaraches that were not as huge a hit as the tacos (and the salsas, so good!). The huaraches had good flavor in the corn base, and the cheese/crema/salsa verde topping was good but not as intense or satisfying as the meats of the tacos.

      Of the taco meats we've tried (and really liked) the al pastor, chorizo and lengua. im still searching for buche as good as my favorite truck in salinas, but theres was the best ive had in nyc (still not going to beat out the three meats mentioned above, or, for that matter, matamoros' tripa).

      I dont love the bread they use for their tortas, it is a little more wonder-ey than id prefer with too fine a crumb and a too squishy texture, imo.

      Im still curious about the specials-board listing of Pansa/Panza (blanca or negra) which i think is translated as goat (separately from the barbacoa de chivo) on the menu but online searching also indicates it could be pork belly (!).

      They arent the fastest around, but these are some legit tacos, to be sure.

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      El Tenampa
      706 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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      1. re: tex.s.toast

        Yea, they would be a B- compared to the best of California but are a definite A+ in NYC

        1. re: tex.s.toast

          I saw their tripe soup is only $7, very eager to try it