Just had lunch at the new (six weeks old), small (about 25 seats) and spakingly clean restaurant in the back room of La Bamba Grocery in Sparkill, NY and I can't wait to go back to try more food.
A small bowl of chicken soup ($3.99) was a huge serving and could have been a meal by itself. Lots of chicken, onion, seeded chopped tomato, tons of cilantro, and an ancho (I think) pepper in rich and subtly spicy chicken broth. Wow.
I tried two soft tacos ($1.50 a piece), each a five-inch round topped with generous helpings of fillings. De lengue (tongue) was firm and tasty small cubes of meat. Al pastor (spiced pork) was tasty but a little dry. The two people at the next table got tortas (two sizes: the large is nearly a foot long and about $6) that had me drooling. The one I could see had chunks of queso blanco (white cheese) and lots of slices of fatty ham, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and who knows what else.
The menu is large, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. They open at 7AM and close at 9:30PM. Cash only right now.
I was the only gringo in the place, but the chef/owner, Adolfo, and his wife both speak English and are very friendly. The other waitress is also friendly but speaks only Spanish. Beer and a selection of Mexican sodas are available. Prices are low to moderate and servings are generous.
La Bamba Restaurant [Rockland County]
627 Main St.
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