345 South Riverside Ave, 271-8646
What a surprise. My chow-dar rang off the hook as I passed this place, and I'm sure glad I went in. This is Mex maybe one quality notch down from the very best places in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. And that's only 'cuz traffic's light, so they need to reheat stuff. Fresh, this might be one of the top Mexes in the tristate area.
I got sopes (always get sopes rather than tacos when they're featured on a menu; they're usually homemade, and they're just better, period) with carnitas. Meat was spectacularly juicy and singed, toppings even included bits of real Oaxacan string cheese. Green sauce was perfect. Sopes themselves top-notch. These were a "9" on my surprisingly non-ditzy scale http://jimleff.info/eating-by-the-num...
I also got some black bean soup for tomorrow. Smelled good. I'm confident.
A couple surprises on the menu. Arepas! And Pupusas. I wouldn't be in a hurry to order these, as these guys seem solidly Mex, not Salvadoran or Colombian. But, still, cool. Rotisserie chicken might be good. And they do paella every friday for $15. Before I got stuff like that, though, I'd work through the flautas, quesadillas, tamales, etc. Maybe nix the tamales...this is masculine sizzly mex rather than grandmotherly mex - i.e. the sort of place that makes half-hearted tamales.
I'd deem this destination eating. Counter service only, but there's barebones tables inside plus fun picnic tables outside. And a great craft beer store across the street selling growlers of top-drawer rarities like Uinta wet hop and Bell's Two Hearted for fair prices. Who knew Croton-on-Hudson would become a chow destination??
Yelp is single-handedly destroying these sorts of places. Local yahoos (lowercase "y") have marked this place way down because it's not the sort of place that offers tequila shots. One reviewer mentioned "greasy" meat. It's not greasy….most Crotonites just have little experience with meat that's not grimly dried-out. What's this unfamiliar MOISTURE?
Yelp keeps reverting to the mean, and it just kills chow-ful great little places like this by reinforcing ignorance and stereotypes.