I was working in the Bronx for a few weeks and discovered this great little spot. The owner is also the cook; and he's just about the friendliest guy in town. It's obvious that he takes great pride in his work, and loves to see his customers enjoying the meals he prepares for them. The tacos, made to order, are served with big batches of fresh salsa, some more spicy than others. And if you order guacamole on the side, he makes it so fresh that it's still on the avocado pit.
Last time I went in, there were a couple of cops having lunch. When I asked them what to get, they raved about the Cuban sandwiches. I was really in the mood for tacos, so I didn't take their suggestion, but by the way the mused on about them, I'm sure they are delicious. Once the cops left, there was only myself, my companion, a lovely local woman at a table on one side and another neighborhood fellow at the counter; we ended up chatting about Motown tunes, The best neighborhood in NYC and the local fare. Even though I live in Brooklyn, I felt welcomed as a local.
Along with the fantastic tacos, I had a squid salad to die for, and a flan that melted in my mouth -the perfect sweetness and the perfect texture. The decor sort of looks like a deli, with shelves housing various purchasable foodstuffs. It's small and one wall is lined with a counter behind which the owner does all the cooking. I felt good knowing I was supporting a local family run business, and the food was so mouth watering that I have to stop by any time I make it up to the Bronx. Do the same if you get the chance!
871 Brook Ave., Bronx, NY
871 Brook Ave, Bronx, NY 10451