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Taco truck on E. 14th St.

Patrick A. | Feb 6, 2000 02:59 PM

Does anyone ever go to the orange taco truck that's parked on E. 14th St. between 6th and 7th Aves on Sat. and Sun. afternoons? (Maybe also other times -- I don't know.)

One of my favorite quick brunches, which I had yesterday, is to go to this truck and get tacos al pastor (and then over to Sucelt for a beef or chicken empanada with some of their homemade hot sauce).

The tacos al pastor at this truck are delicious... the tortillas are not all they could be, the filling is great. I think they try to "gringoize" it for you by offering lettuce and tomato on top a la Tex-Mex, but it's much better with just onion and cilantro, which is how the Mexicans dining there were having it. There are fresh limes to squeeze on it along with excellent salsa verde and pickled chilis... what a treat to devour this while standing in the snow.

By contrast, the carne asada taco seemed distinctly below par. I haven't tried the others or the tortas yet. These are surely the best tacos I've had in Manhattan... the only ones I've had out here that come close to my favorite places in L.A. and Santa Barbara (I've never been to Mexico, so I don't have an authentic touchstone)... definitely better than the one time I went to Castro -- I have to give that place a second chance, though.

Best,
Patrick

P.S. At Sucelt I spied two chowhounds, one of whom I thought might be Jim Leff... he switched from talking serious eating to discussing members of various local jazz bands... could it have been??

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