Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
There is still a strong Latin American community here in the East Village, but even more so, the neighborhood appeals to those looking for a quick cheap meal. We start our new Cocktail Tour just inside Tompkins Square Park so I’ve been one of those people looking for a quick cheap meal before the tour. I almost always turn to tacos.
At Tacos Morelos, a storefront version of the food cart with the same name, I broadened my horizons a bit and ordered both a taco and a huarache. Amazingly, I prefered the huarache.
Huaraches are open-faced consisting of a disc of fried masa topped with all sorts of goodies, like sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and salty queso fresco cheese. The choice of meat is up to you and I went with the cochinita pibil – a wonderful mound of gently roasted seasoned pork. It’s impeccably tender and moist with a hint of acidity. It’s a perfect foil for the crisp, fried sweet masa underneath. It holds up much better than most tacos.
Dare I say it, but I think Tacos Morelos is the most authentic of the profusion of taco joints in the neighborhood. And since I’m in the area pretty regularly, I should know.
|438 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A),