Mexican Sandwiches and Other Bites

Carmelita in Sunset Park is the latest grocery-plus-taqueria to appear on hound radar. At the back of the shop, a tiny kitchen turns out a superior chorizo torta, among other things. DistrictSelectman loves the $1.50 tacos with authentic fixings: a sprinkling of onion and cilantro, grilled cebollitas, radishes, pickled jalapeños, and standout condiments like smoky salsa rojo and salsa verde, chunky with avocado. "The food is terrific and cheap, and sinfully good," he says.

Not far away is Los Tres Potrillos, Barry Strugatz's go-to spot for an amazing lengua torta. And Cholulita, a bodega-with-kitchen in Bushwick, comes through with a "very respectable" longaniza cemita, says ftgsandwich.

In Queens, Chowhound champ Taqueria Coatzingo continues to blow away fans with its milanesa de res, a fried cutlet in a torta or a cemita: "That sandwich is boss," bigjeff declares, easily enough to feed two. For one, he adds, it's "a punch in the gut," and that's a good thing, as long as "you like your gut punched with two kinds of cheeses, breaded fried steak and multiple kinds of peppers."

A few blocks away, Tia Julia serves up E Eto's favorite cemitas, from its truck or its newer restaurant. Jeffsayyes says its milanesa de pollo cemita is both excellent and uncommonly large at seven or eight inches across, but gives the nod to Coatzingo for flavor.

Carmelita [Sunset Park]
780 Fourth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets), Brooklyn
No phone available

Los Tres Potrillos [Sunset Park]
1004 Fourth Avenue (at 39th Street), Brooklyn
718-788-8484

Cholulita [Bushwick]
888 Broadway (between Belvidere Street and Arion Place), Brooklyn
347-435-0813

Taqueria Coatzingo [Jackson Heights]
76-05 Roosevelt Avenue (near 76th Street), Queens
718-424-1977

Tia Julia [Woodside]
91st Street & Roosevelt Avenue, Queens
917-757-1633

Tia Julia [Woodside]
68-06 Roosevelt Avenue (near 68th Street), Queens
718-205-6482

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