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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

Before Denisse Chavez moved her Mexican operation to Brooklyn, she called herself El Carnitas El Atoradero. It makes sense now that I’ve tried her crispy pork carnitas because they are out of this world delicious. The fried meaty pig chunks are heavenly and the accoutrements (onion, cilantro, radish) and homemade tortilla it sits on are not even necessary. The pork can certainly stand alone.  Price: $4.50

EL ATORADERO BROOKLYN
708 Washington Avenue (between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue),
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
(718) 399-8226
elatoraderobrooklyn.com

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

There are certain restaurants that I try so hard to get to, but it takes longer than I hoped. The Brooklyn iteration of El Atoradero (which I visited up in the Bronx when Denisse Chavez was serving her carnitas from a modest bodega) is one of those restaurants.

It’s tucked away in Prospect Heights and originally they were only open for dinner except for the weekends when they open the back garden for brunch. That has changed as of this writing and now I could visit them just about any day for lunch, but I managed to already check it off my list on a weekend afternoon.

That’s not to say I won’t want to return on a Tuesday afternoon, for instance, because the Mexican food is excellent. The carnitas tacos are the runaway hit and the meaty, crisp pork chunks are heavenly. Expect to see them on my year Top 100 dishes.

But I was very excited that the waitstaff allowed me to order something off the dinner menu even though we were quite a few hours before the sun would begin to set. And that something ended up being richly flavored and incredibly hearty.

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