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Excellent Pressed Tortillas and tacos at Homemade Taqueria

I went to the place, Homemade Taqueria, the other day. Excellent handmade tortillas. A hidden gym. If you are on the border of Astoria and Long Island City, go check them out.

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Home Made Taqueria
45-09 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

Jul 19, 2011
worm in Outer Boroughs

The search for great FISH TACOS continues...please help!

Rockaway Tacos--but it is in Rockaway.

Jul 19, 2011
worm in Manhattan

lunch near the Brooklyn Museum

I agree. I recently had a nice bowl of soup at the Gardens.

Jan 01, 2007
worm in Outer Boroughs

Bonita in Ft. Greene

As a person who might others ethnophenotypologically categorized as a WHITE Mexican-American, I am almost offended. Oh, but I forgot-- nothing can spoil the authenticity of a dining experience like white people, unless that white person happens to be Rick Bayless. All irony aside, let's stick to the topic. What's your latest take on Bonita's?

Dec 13, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Bonita in Ft. Greene

So the overall consensus is that the food is not spicy enough?

Dec 10, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Bonita in Ft. Greene

mrs jones is right about the fish tacos in the fact that they are simplistic. The thing that makes them boring and slightly deviant from a true baja fish taco (see postings under "fish tacos") is the lack of a proper fish taco sauce. Bonitas' sauce falls on the mayonnaise side of the fence. Some NYC fish taco sauces fall on the tomatoe salsa side of the fence. But it really needs to be something else. I'm not sure what's in a proper fish taco sauce, but it resembles the color of thousand island dressing, though not the taste. Perhaps it's mayonnaise blending with a salsa. I know it when I taste it.
But other than that (and the fact that the taco could use two tortillas, rather than one), the taco was pretty authentic, though as we know "authentic" doesn't always cut it in NYC. Their needs to be something that puts it above and beyond the fish taco that would be served out of a Pacific Beach taco hut. Alma is doing some interesting stuff with their fish tacos (listed as appetizers), but their store bought tortillas are nowhere near as good as Bonitas hand wrought tortillas. What do you guys think about Bonitas' tortillas? Am I wrong in assuming that they're made on the premises?

Dec 04, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Bonita in Ft. Greene

So I'm back from another outing at Bonitas. The michelada was good and is the same price as a beer. The chorizo sopes and adobo pork were very good (not on the menu but offered as specials). The veggie tacos were decent but uninteresting. The chicken enchiladas were excellent. It's nice to see a place that makes all their own corn tortillas. The pico de gallo is hot as hell, due to some green chiles they put in it, so before you slather your rice or whatever with it, take caution.
I also enjoyed finishing my friend's drink, made from horchata and some sort of alcohol--tequila, i guess. My friend couldn't handle the gross amount of salt on the rim of my michelada glass, so she ordered a chelada sin sal(just beer and citrus juices).

Dec 04, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Bonita in Ft. Greene

pozole, fish tacos, and sopes were all good. i'm not judging the fish tacos by Mission Beach standards. i'm just saying they were tasty and, despite being a native of SoCal and a fish taco snob, i would eat them again.

the sangria was nothing special. next time i'm ordering a michelada--beer mixed with citrus juices, with a salt rimmed glass. i'll let you know how it is. i live right around the corner, so if you want me to try something and report back on it, i will.

Dec 03, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Only 5 dollars to spend in South Brooklyn...

You are never too late to respond to this post! I'm definitely gonna check out Eclipse. Thanks! --jimiworm

Aug 24, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

The search for great FISH TACOS continues...please help!

Looking back on the years I lived in SoCal, it's too bad fish tacos were so cheap. If the price had been more prohibitive, I would have been forced to figure out how to make a half-way decent one on my own. I tried a few times, but my batter was all wrong. Those guys on the beach in Ensenada made it look too easy. Anybody here able to make a good fish taco in their own kitchen?

Aug 11, 2006
worm in Manhattan

Great coffee in Brooklyn

Which place has the best vibe?

Aug 06, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Best UNroasted Coffee

I appreciate the info on Giles. When you roast your beans in the oven, what kind of soot is given off? My oven doesn't have a range fan.

Aug 06, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Best UNroasted Coffee

Where we can buy unroasted beans, other than through the internet?

Anybody here tried roasting their own, maybe with a wok or with a popcorn maker?

Yes, I have too much time on my hands.

Aug 02, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

homemade tortillas if you order right

Well I guess Cafe Mexicano isn't really making tlacoyos. Theirs function like tacos with a thick handmade tortilla as the shell. But they are topped with some queso fresco and some other good stuff.
Thanks for the antojito reference. I've probably been misusing the word, so from now on, more for self amusement, I'll say aloud as I ponder the menu: "I think I'd like a little whim."
By the way, you just made me really hungry for a 2 am snack.

Aug 02, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Ft. Greene: New Orleans restaurant

I waited there over two hours for a chicken entree. Eventually half my party had to leave. It was the slowest service I've ever experienced, hands down (kitchen's fault; not the waitress). We were the only party in there. Twilight Zone. Although I live a block away, I've never been back. But here's the best part: the chicken was delicious.

Aug 02, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Cheap Food secrets

Go to the bookstore and read (don't buy) Sietsema's "The Food Lover's Guide to the Best Ethnic Eating in NYC." In addition, check the dumpling and Chinese posts.
Although I'm a lover of authentic Mexican food, when I'm really broke, I skip past the Shade Bar (W. 3rd and Sullivan) and walk two doors down to the Fresca Tortilla (it might not be called that), a Chinese run tex-mex joint. The place is clean, has a bathroom, a seating area, magazines to read, and you can get a pile of grilled steak on a freshly made flour tortilla for less than two bucks. I usually get the grilled steak or grilled chicken fajita.
As far as dumplings go, take the F train over to Delancey, walk over to 118A Eldridge Street. You can probably get a very large and unique beef sesame pancake sandwhich for a 1.50; Dumplings are 5 for a dollar and there's a little room to sit down, if you're lucky.

Aug 02, 2006
worm in Manhattan

Where are the best dumplings in Brooklyn's Chinatown?

Thanks, guys! My last few dollars were well spent on dumplings and a scallion pancake (Family Dumplings and Northern China Dumplings, respectively). I can't wait to scrape together a few more buckaroos and try the other places mentioned! --worm

Aug 01, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Only 5 dollars to spend in South Brooklyn...

Where's Joe's Superette and Court Pastry located?

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Only 5 dollars to spend in South Brooklyn...

By South Brooklyn, I actually meant a huge area also encompassing Fort Greene/Clinton Hill as well as Chinatown and Sunset Park. Maybe I should just say all of Brooklyn except for Williamsburg/Greenpoint and other areas that are a pain in the but to get to by train from Fort Greene.

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

The search for great FISH TACOS continues...please help!

What about Florencia 13 on Sullivan and Houston? Anyone tried their fish tacos yet?

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Manhattan

Where are the best dumplings in Brooklyn's Chinatown?

I've got two dollars left to my name. I'd like to spend my remaining two dollars on dumplings. Where should I go?

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Only 5 dollars to spend in South Brooklyn...

Where would you head?
What would you eat?

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Oaxaqen Mexican in New Brunswick

I just did a search on the grasshopper issue. They are sometimes referred to as chapulines. A few years ago the NJ Dept of Health pulled them from the bodegas and restaurants, due to lead toxicity. I'm not sure if these are back in the restaurants down there or not, as the health scare was a couple of years ago. If you find out anything, let us know!

Jul 31, 2006
worm in General Tristate Archive

Oaxaqen Mexican in New Brunswick

Okay, here's what should be the address for Oaxaqueno 5:

OAXAQUENO 5
206 French Street. New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
phone number (maybe): ( 732 ) 214 - 1551

If you're looking for something unusual, such as grasshopper tacos, call ahead and ask (preferably in Spanish) if they have them. Good Luck!

Jul 31, 2006
worm in General Tristate Archive

Oaxaqen Mexican in New Brunswick

Also check the other boards. We've been spelling Oaxaquena the way it is probably spelled in New Brunswick. The other boards spell it Oaxacan. There are several Oaxaquenos in New Brunswick. I've heard Numero 5 is the best, but I don't know it's address. It might be on French Street. My roommate from college tells me that the name is El Oaxaqueno. In that case, maybe this will do:
El Oaxaqueno Restaurant
260 Drift St , New Brunswick, NJ
Phone - (732) 545-6869

I think the above address is for Numero Dos, by the way. Robert Sietsema of The Village Voice wrote a review of it once, and talks about it in his NYC guide to "Cheap Ethnic Eats."

Jul 31, 2006
worm in General Tristate Archive

Oaxaqen Mexican in New Brunswick

Sorry about the "Comida Oaxaquena!" blurt. I wasn't giving a name of a restaurant there; I was just exclaiming "oaxaqen meal!" My emotions got the best of me, as I was beginning the post. Check out Oaxaqueno Numero Cinqo. I think it is on Joyce Kilmer Avenue in New Brunswick. I can't guarantee it will be excellent. They were always inconsistent, but I ate there often.

Jul 31, 2006
worm in General Tristate Archive

homemade tortillas if you order right

Yes--I was refering to the "tlacoyos." Thank you.
If you follow squid kun's link above, you'll see them listed under tlacoyos. Again, I highly recommend the tinga, but it's filling. If you want the tlacoyo to function as an antojito, perhaps the spinach w/rajas poblanas is best. Question to those of you who are familiar with tlacoyos:
In a tlacoyo, does the hand-made tortilla usually function as a shell, the way it does in a taco? Or is it supposed to be more like a sope or pupusa, with filler put in it as it is being made?

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Ground Turkish coffee

I've tried to reproduce Turkish coffee at home, but I end up with a darker grind, better for use in Lebanese coffee. What's with the reddish-brown hue of the Turkish grind? Is that just a real light roast? Or are they putting some chicory or garbanzo filler in it?

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

Great coffee in Brooklyn

Anyone here home roast their beans? I'm hoping my roommates will leave town in late August. Maybe I can experiment then. I used to live across the street from a coffee roasting company. Just 24 hrs after a new roast, I noticed a loss of complexity in the flavor. I'm looking to reproduce the fresh roast taste at home. Where can I get unroasted coffee beans?

Jul 31, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs

new sushi D in ft greene on dekalb - anyone?

I don't know if the chef's name is Andy Yang, but I'll find out once I get my next paycheck. The last time I was there, one of the chef's gave me some homemade cold tofu, made from many folds of skimmed-off bean curd. It was delicious. Unfortunately, it's probably a Chinese dish, so it won't be on the menu.

Jul 29, 2006
worm in Outer Boroughs