As the season closes at the Red Hook sports fields, home to the famous weekend feast of Latin American street bites, fretful fans wonder where their next baleadas or barbacoa taco is coming from. Not to worry: At least two of the Red Hook vendors spend the off season devoting full attention to their year-round restaurants.
La Asuncion in Borough Park is home base for one of the Mexican food stands–the one at the end of the Clinton Street row, according to the vendor guide at Porkchop Express, a blog devoted to kielbasa, banh mi, and other chowish subjects. Go for superior huevos rancheros (with great chunky salsa) or barbacoa tacos, a Red Hook favorite stuffed with shredded, slow-cooked goat meat, advises KRS.
Honduras Maya in Park Slope, whose owners set up shop in the middle of Red Hook’s Bay Street row, makes terrific soups; sopa de jaiba (crab soup) is especially nice, says JohnnyCT. Try baleadas, too. They’re big, taco-like things: red beans, crema, eggs, cheese, and sometimes avocado stuffed into a soft, fluffy tortilla. Past reports praise hearty breakfasts of scrambled eggs, salty white cheese, fried beans, sweet plantains, and chewy flatbread.
Red Hook Recreation Area athletic fields [Red Hook]
Clinton, Court, Halleck and Bay Sts., Brooklyn
La Asuncion Mexican Restaurant [Borough Park]
3914 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., between 39th and 40th Sts., Brooklyn
Honduras Maya [Park Slope]
587 5th Ave., at 15th St., Brooklyn