With Calexico Taco right around the corner from me and the entire Sunset Park Taco joint and Taco truck empire just a few minutes away from me in a car, I still find myself lusting after the Carnitas tacos at Reyes Deli. I'm not quite sure what it is about them -- the marniade, the spices? -- but they take awhile to make and are of the great simple variety -- carnitas and lime and onion and some green hot sauce on the side. In cold weather, I eat them in the car. In warm weather I eat them on the bench outside the laundrymat next store. Either way, when I bite into a Reyes Carnitas taco, I am blessed with one of the great bites around -- meaty, spicey and savory with the citrus tang of lime and the crunch of onion. It is the alchemy of cheap cuts of meat made tender through marination, a well used griddle and the thoughtful eye of a short order maven who knows when to gather it all up!
Reyes Deli and Grocery
532 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231