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Hell's Kitchen/Far West Side Musings

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Hell's Kitchen/Far West Side Musings

Eric Eto | Aug 27, 2002 02:14 PM

During lunch today, I took a nice long walk past 10th Avenue to find the midtown branch of Sullivan Street Bakery on W 47th St. I realized I hadn't been on 10th Avenue in quite a while as I noticed 4 Mexican places (deli's and eateries) around 10th Ave and 47th. The Tulcingo mini-chain of Queens and the Bronx has opened up a small taqueria at 10th Ave just south of 47th St. "Cabeza tacos" (beef cheeks) on the big specials board facing the front was a promising sign. On the other side of 47th is Tovar's Restaurant, which looks like a slightly more gringo-friendly taqueria, with a limited but solidly Mexican menu of caldos and platos. A few storefronts up the street is Tehuitzinga Deli, which looks like a standard NY Mexican deli, with a deli counter in the back serving up tortas and tacos and such. On 47th across from Sullivan Street Bakery is Rosita's Deli, another NY style Mexican deli.

The pizzas at Sullivan are as good as usual.

I also looked into a little Indian deli called Desi Deli (with Punjabi Dhaba in smaller print underneath) on 10th at 49th St. I didn't pick up a menu, but they look promising as well. Finally, I stopped in to Azuri to get a falafel. Wow. I've had the shawerma here, and thought they were above average, but this falafel is mighty fine. The way the man drips all those sauces into the sandwich to meld all the flavors show he cares, but maybe not so much for the customers, as I also saw him throw (ok, maybe sling) a plate at a customer sitting at a table and firmly plunk a falafel sandwich down (I think he was a bit angry at one of his helpers in the kitchen.) Best advice is to approach with caution, patience, and a smile.

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