A Taco Tour of Sunset Park, Brooklyn

To celebrate her day off work diversity in honor of Martin Luther King Day, A-Tooch and friends ventured to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Mexican neighborhood has reputably some of the best food in the boroughs; we were tipped off to the idea by Serious Eats.

In all fairness, we ate way more than just tacos. In total, we had about 12 tacos, 7 tostadas, 6 tamales, a chile relleno and a torta. A sufficient amount of food to write a review, right?

5th Avenue is packed with panaderias, taquerias and general goodness. We started off at La Guera (4603 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY) and took it easy with a few tacos (one al pastor and one carne asada). Vegetarian friend C got a queso tamale. Total bill here was $12.25. Unreal and awesome.

Maybe something got lost in translation (we barely spoke any English the entire adventure), but our server said they had no water to drink. Hm. So we got ourselves a tasty guava Jarritos!

Bf’s favorite part of the Mexi-venture was the taco al pastor here. Fresh tortillas, seasoned pork and a whole lot of cilantro. Not to mention the tacos are garnished with the tiniest limes you have ever seen. Too cute.

Round #2 commenced at Tacos Ricos (505 51st Street Brooklyn, NY). Bf had a tostada al pastor, yet again. I went big with a torta, the Mexicn version of a sandwich, on toasted fresh break with peppers, grilled chicken, fresh avocado, crema, mayo, a bean sauce, queso fresco and crispy lettuce. We topped just about everything we ordered with this delicious avocado salsa — medium heat and flavorful.

Total here: around $15 for four of us and enough food to make a meal out of it. Ah but for us fatties foodies this was only one course.

Round #3 took us to Tulcingo Restaurant where I finally tried these tacos arabes I had heard so much about. The pork is grilled, thinly sliced and spiced to perfection. This was actually the only taco to come in a flour tortilla, versus the fresh corn tortillas we had been eating. Delicious, but spicy for my taste. Good thing we had some horchata to cool our mouths off. Nom! I love you horchata!

Let me pause right here to add a word on Mexican drinks. The food was great but the drinks were where it’s at — Jarritos, Horchata and even “real sugar” cola that C scooped up. So awesome, yet so hard to find back on the mainland.

C’s bf P got an “enchilada taco” at Tulcingo. Us gringos thought that sounded pretty redundant, but what do we know. (Isn’t it like saying a hotdog hamburger?) The verdict isn’t yet out on what exactly the enchilada taco was.

The tostadas at these places were out of control. C was practically overloaded with ingredients on hers. With the lack of knives everywhere we ate, it was face first dining with these things. Mounds of oaxaca cheese, lettuce, sliced avocados, tomatoes and crema.

We racked up a whopping $25 check at Tulcingo. That included 2 dishes a piece (grand total=8) and two drinks.

Oh, and we obviously had dessert. We thought we could make taco run #4, but ended up conceding and cashing out at La Gran Via Bakery. Almost everything had of my favorite ingredients: dulce to leche, coconut and guava. Look at these crazy cakes!

I ordered a couple pieces of cake and three of these guava puff pastries. Grand total: $3.50. Uhm, awesome. I only made it a few bites in til I had to bring the rest home. Don’t worry, all the desserts were eventually finished :)

If you are a huge Mexican fan like me, Sunset Park is a little piece of heaven in an otherwise overpriced city. The food is authentic and plentiful and the people, well they are too.

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  1. MelissaNibbles
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM | Permalink

    That sounds like a fun day! My butt would be a fartcannon the entire time though.

  2. Meghan@travelwinedin
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    I have been wanting to go to Brooklyn for a weekend. This will be bookmarked!

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