In an earlier rant about the extremely crummy restaurant, "Chips" (on Queens Blvd near 42nd St), I had lamented the closing of several decent Mexican places in the neighborhood (especially the amazing La Lupe).
ANYWAY, I'm happy to report that one of the places is indeed still open for business: Taco Fiesta (on the northern side of Queens Blvd, somewhere between 43rd and 45th Sts).
Most of their food is pretty good. Though they seem to suffer from the sort of inconsitency that results from a very slow business.
But their pancita soup blows my mind every single time I have it there. Whoever makes it is a real tripe artist. Deeply rich and spicy dark red broth with melting tender and creamy slices of tripe throughout. The whole dish is permeated by that special tripey fragrance, which is not at all to be confused with the manure smell that one might associate with certain poorly prepared 'abats blancs'. It's more grassy and intimate, like the sweetest cow breath you can imagine.
I'm not even a big tripe fiend, but I do love this soup.
I like their chips a lot too. They cook them maybe 15 seconds longer than the national average, so they're darker and have a more burnt taste.