I had a great lunch at this Mexican deli yesterday. It used to be a pretty divey looking lunch counter but they did a renovation the past few months and there is now more seating and it looks pretty nice, just small. They narrowed down the menu to mostly daily specials and the food is even better than before.
I had two different types of tamales. One with roast pork in red sauce. One with cheese and assorted hot and sweet peppers. They usually run out of tamales by 12:30-1pm and then have another batch around 7pm. 4-5 basic types, with 2-3 available each day. Really tasty, especially with some of their fantastic salsa verde which has lots of cool tangy herbs and just the right jalapeno heat for taste without a bad burn.
I got a sampler and asked for a bit of everything. Slight language problem and they thought I was loco at first. But it was great. Mole poblano chicken, stewed Goat in red sauce, yellow rice and pinto beans, fried super ripe sweet plantains, two other stewed meats, and the most fantastic roast pork. They had two huge pieces, each a quarter hog. Roasted slow and low until most of the fat had rendered out. the meat was the best roast pork I ever had. Bar none, well not including the best BBQ, but if this had been smoky it would have actually been too much, a little bit overcooked but that actually boosted the flavor and was a very good thing. I asked for some of the fat and skin but I think they thought I said no fat or skin, which was too bad because the few pieces of fat and skin were amazing, like rich savory creamy or chewy candy.
I also tried their horchata which was pretty darn good, it tied for the best I have had, with lots of fresh cinnamon and other spice. They also had a homemade mango drink made from super ripe fruit pureed and water added, that's it. They had to stir up the bucket before ladling it out because the fruit started to settle. Really good. Served in huge styrofoam cups with just a wee bit of ice.
I have posted about this place before but haven't been there in awhile. I found out about it from a Mexican immigrant buddy last summer. I have never seen another gringo in the joint. And the folks and customers are friendly. I am not positive about the places name but I think it's Neuva...? Anyway. It's on South Kensico Ave right near Lake St. (Which is off of the east side of Broadway / North Broadway just north of the commercial part of town but before Pace University.