J. Gold's piece on York Blvd. in the Weekly a few weeks back got me excited about that street again. In particular, there were two places that I hadn't tried, so I jumped in.
First off, El Pique, the taco truck at the carwash on the corner of 53 and York. I had been getting tacos from La Estrella, and had never tried this one. I had chosen poorly. Al pastor here is bright and flavorful. Maybe not quite as good as Las Ruinas, but good enough to make me stop missing that place so much. Asada has that grill taste to it, not the best I've had, but probably the best I've had for a dollar. Best of all is the salsa they give you on the side, intense chili flavor, very...can I say "masculine?" It's so good that last time, I was eating the remains with chips at home, and couldn't stop, even though I could tell I was setting myself up for some serious gastromisery.
Antojitos Guerrero I had tried before, and liked it, but I didn't know about their weekend barbacoa. Went in on a rainy Saturday, tried to go in the wrong door (causing great trouble for the family seated right inside the door as I basically opened it into their table), found my way to the counter and asked for barbacoa. I was asked if I wanted it with beans and rice, or in a soup. Strange choice, I thought, but I allways end up throwing out beans and rice, so I went with the soup. I sit down, order arrives. Beautiful stew meat in an oily broth, warming to the bones. Tortillas...you know, I've been to plenty of places where they serve you fresh-made tortillas, but I've never had one that tasted this fresh. Hot, like it just came of the griddle, thick and chewy. Really, really awesome.