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A real taco--in Brooklyn!


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A real taco--in Brooklyn!

Leslie Brenner | Jul 19, 2000 08:47 PM

This is actually in response to Jim's first response in the Manhattan boards about "A real taco--in Brooklyn."

I've fallen in love with a place on the edge of Park Slope called Tacos Nuevo Mexicano. I tried to do a search to see whether it's ever been discussed here, but kept getting an error message, so I apologize if this has all been said before.

I must have eaten there the first time about two and a half years ago (maybe more), and I liked it then. For me, this is saying a lot, since I'm an Angeleno. I had been searching for years for a great New York taco. Finally I found one that I felt was at least very good. It was in a small storefront on Fifth Avenue at about 11th Street (491 Fifth Avenue), and offered a respectable selection including barbacoa and lengue, as well as carnitas, carne asada, etc. Served comme il faut on two slightly overlapping tortillas, with plenty of very flavorful filling, and not drippy. Very bright and fresh salsa cruda on the tables, good salsa verde on request. Garnished with radishes and limes. For me, a Park Slope resident, a happy happy thing.

I hadn't been there in a few months, and went about a month ago. To my astonishment, it had gotten even better. It had expanded into the next storefront--a bad sign. I feared that the phenomenon Jim points to had come to pass. Plus the place now smells of bathroom disinfectant.

However....they now had homemade tortillas! (Every day except Thursday, for some reason.) Very toothsome. They've expanded their choices of fillings, and they're even better than before. Although I'm a carnitas lover in general, it's not the best thing there. Something they call "salty beef" (the Spanish name escapes me at the moment) is great, as is a spiced pork. And I do like the barbacoa, which is unapologetically goat-y. They've also added a bunch of agua frescas (including heavenly mango).

The very friendly waitstaff speaks little English; most of the clientele is Mexican. They also have great pozole. In fact everything I've had there has been very good. But those tacos....I can honestly say they're at least as good as any I've had in L.A. They also have an outpost further down Fifth Avenue.

Have any other chowhounds been there? If so, I'd love to hear what you think.

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