I know it's been discussed here before but it deserves repeating; if you haven't yet, speed your way on over to Speedy's, a wonderful little Mexican spot in Sunset Park (59th St and 4th Avenue). I went there on a cold Saturday night and was greeted by the sweet and spicy warm steam off of Speedy's freshly-cooked tamales. I tried both the green and red chicken tamales, both moist and divine. The red sauce was packed with fresh jalapenos and delicious roasted tomatoes, the green equally delicious and less spicy. I had superb tacos al pastor and sampled the chicken tacos as well. I followed up the meal with the most soothing arroz con leche I've ever had, and a thick cup of hot chocolate (made with Abuelitas, not Ibarras), mmm... The tamales were $1.50, the tacos $2.00, ridiculously inexpensive and without a doubt the best lunch counter-style Mexican food I've had in New York, not to mention the perfect antidote to the cold weather.
One word of caution, as has been previously discussed, there is no menu at Speedy's and when I was there neither woman spoke much English. You eat whatever they have made fresh that day and you eat it with glee. I got the feeling, however, that if I had a special request they'd be happy to indulge. Does anyone have suggestions for dishes to order next time I go (which will be as soon as possible)?