Besides friends and family, the top 3 things I miss since moving here from California:
3) Cheap, good Mexican food.
The weather isn’t too bad here for most of the year and although getting to the beach is kind of big hassle, I can deal with the top 2 for sure. The lack of cheap good Mexican food though, still baffles me to this day. Sure there’s the Super Tacos truck on 96th and Broadway on the Upper West Side but I don’t really live up in that area anymore. Here in Williamsburg there’s the local Mexican 2000 Deli/Restaruant but honestly a $9 burrito still doesn’t make sense when you compare it to the quality and taste of a $4.50 burrito from King Taco, Albertos, Robertos or the thousands of non franchise places in Southern California. So what to do? Well, as in most instances, go where the locals go and you’ll not only get the most authentic but you’ll also get it at local prices.
The Food Trucks of Red Hook Soccer Fields
I love food trucks and I think I found the food truck jackpot of New York at the Red Hook Soccer Fields. Located on the corner of Bay and Clinton in Red Hook, the soccer fields are where many local South American and Mexican soccer teams compete throughout the year. To feed the supporting families
and fans of the players is an armada of food and drink trucks that completely fill 2 city blocks. I took a bike ride out to the fields a few weekends ago and checked out the trucks myself. There is so much variety it blows my mind! Salvadorian pupusas, Mexican tacos, cheese corn, and sopes, Columbian arepas, Guatemalan drinks, etc.
By way of a woman with a pair of gigantic tacos’s recommendation, I tried out the Country Boys taco truck ( New York Top Vendy Award Winner 2009) At the Country Boys taco truck, they hand roll their corn tortillas, grill them to a crisp, then fold and stuff them with your choice of beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, shrimp, pork skin, or vegetarian (zucchini, mushroom, spinach), loads of guacamole, lettuce and cheese. All for $6!
I have to say that because this taco was so enormous I was too stuffed to try out any of the other food trucks. Oh well, definitely will be returning here to sample the nice selection. With the food trucks of Red Hook, I guess missing good cheap Mexican food is sort of taken care of. Now, if we could just get an In and Out Burger to open up here that would really be something.]]>
Calle Procuradores #390
I found this really unique Argentine steak restaurant while wandering the city hills of Cusco Peru. It’s about a 5-10 min walk away from the touristy Plaza De Armas. Although I would say most of the clientele at this restaurant probably are foreigners, the food is amazing enough that you don’t feel like you’re traped in a typical tourist restaurant. Maybe this is because you first have to have the stamina of walking up a steep hill to get here then you have to carefully descend a precariously steep flight of stairs down into the lair of this restaurant. Once you’re inside the den like atmosphere, you’re pretty much set. This restaurant’s got that hidden speakeasy quality that I love. I got a plate of the Argentine steak which came with a huge side of mashed potatoes and salad for $49 soles (approx $16). It’s a little pricey for Cusco but again the beef is excellent and the portions are enormous. Behind the bar is a beautiful brick oven with a cast iron grill where your steaks are grilled to your liking and slices of freshly baked bread are toasted to a golden brown. The wine selection includes local varieties as well as famous South American varieties such as Chille’s Concha Y Toro. This is an excellent hideaway restaurant that serves delicious meals in a relaxing environment. Enjoy!]]>