Yesterday at about 2 or 3PM I saw a tamale lady on 2nd avenue between 11th and 12th, in front of Cacio e Pepe. She said that she's in the neighborhood on Saturdays and Wednesdays. She had a very makeshift little cart with bags hanging from it and a cooler. I bought a few at a dollar a pop (cheese, chicken, and what she called "spicy chicken"). I steamed one, which turned out to be the spicy chicken, which was very good - homemade, earthy, not too much meat, but very tasty.
Has anyone else seen her in the east village?