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Jan 15, 2014 09:18 AM

Carnitas El Atoradero

Hey all,

The wonderful Mott Haven bodega & "carnitaria" (is that a legit word?) El Atoradero has expended into a full on restaurant right next door. You might recognize the name from a post by J. Fores ( /, my own writing on Serious Eats, Real Cheap Eats, and from, originally, Dave Cook.

Anyways, if you've had the carnitas you know they're the most legit in town: cooked in a deep vat with beer, lemon, lime, tequila, oregano, etc, etc. The restaurant next door is everything New Yorkers have been waiting for in a Mexican restaurant: a move beyond the stale taqueria format, genuine Pueblan home cooking that is delicious and lovingly prepared.

The owner, Denise Lina Navarro, is very passionate about her food: you'll see this in simple dishes like her beans, in the albondingas stuffed with qual egg, and her eyes when a Mexican customer asks for mozzarella on their chalupa. The carnitas are always worth ordering, but dishes like costillas en salsa verde, papitas de puerco en vinagre, and flautas de papas y queso should be ordered whenever available. In my unofficial opinion, it's the most delicious and original Pueblan cooking you'll find in a dive anywhere in the five boroughs.

Expect 4-5 different specials daily. It's a small space, with seating for roughly ten, so plan accordingly. But get over here, ASAP.

Here's my full review:

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  1. Thanks for the heads up, this place sounds good. It looks like its right off the 6 train 149 the stop, is that right?

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    1. re: MVNYC

      Yeah, it's right around the corner from the 6 stop. Pretty convenient and totally worth it.

      1. re: MVNYC

        Yep, just a few blocks away. Also close to Jackson Ave on the 2/5.

      2. I will swing by next week and report back

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        1. re: AubWah

          You make it up AubWah? Had some tortas de camarones, made with chickpeas, last night that were pretty fantastic.

        2. hmm that would be interesting...i love carnitas but i havent found any good ones in NY yet, thanks for posting