I like to think I have an iota of self-control, but when it comes to Mexican food, I am utterly powerless. Enchiladas make me happier than they should. Tacos leave me weak at the knees. Put a basket of freshly fried chips and a mound of guacamole in my path, and I am a total goner. If it were legal and socially kosher, I'd marry an avocado and have like 10,000 little avocado babies. And then I'd eat them.
I'm going to make an absolutely fabulous mother some day, don't you think?
So when our buddies Kerri and Nick invited me and Vin to join them at their favorite new spot the other night--Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens--you already know the answer was si. This place, though out of the way for a lot of New Yorkers, is getting lots and lots of buzz in the food world. In fact, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives just filmed here and the episode will be airing soon. (Translation: Get here before the crowds do!!)
Mexican coke= $2.50. Coincidentally matching a patio wall= priceless.
The main reason Tortilleria Nixtamal is garnering so much buzz is because they are the only place in New York City making fresh masa dough. They make it by boiling down dried white corn, soaking it overnight in lime and grinding it into fresh masa to make tortillas and combining with lard to make tamales. Much of their business is selling their masa and tortillas to some of the city's most well-known Mexican restaurants (Rosa Mexicana, La Esquina and Whole Foods all use their masa). You can taste the difference. Trust.
Their guac was so good I nearly cried, and their chips--(Oh! Their chips!) could not have been more perfect vessels for transporting that gorgeous green goodness straight into my eager mouth. And for $7? Amazing!! That salsa was nothing to sneeze at neither...
I also tried a fantastic chicken and pork chipotle tamale ($2.50). Vin ordered the mole tamale and raved. I was a big fan of this one. Major spice kick!
But the true highlight of the meal was when these sexy shrimp tacos ($2.50 each...what?!) flew down from heaven and landed on my table. Two fantastic corn tortillas filled with fresh shrimp, mango, cool cucumber and a spicy chipotle cream. Resistance was futile.
Kerri and Nick topped things off with the tres leches cake. I only hang out with smart people.
Vin ordered the flan. I only date smart people too.
If you are in the NYC area, do yourself a solid and hop on the 7 train to Corona PRONTO.
104-05 47th Avenue between 104th and 108th Streets Corona, NY 11368
And if by chance you hear of a state where it's legal to marry avocados, be a doll and let me know. Deal?