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Tacos at Las Poblanitas – NYC

November 10, 2008 | 6 Comments

Beautiful Tacos @ Las Poblanitas

Las Poblanitas is a tiny hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant with an unbelievably small kitchen that’s usually filled with Mexican guys having a Negra Modelo at all times of the day. I found it last year on the way to Noodles 36 after seeing a man holding a sign for the place on the corner of 38th and 8th Avenue. Yes, show me a somewhat scary nondescript sign for tacos and I will follow.

Las Poblanitas Sign

Soon after, I was going to Las Poblanitas at least once a week for their delicious fried sopes and fresh tacos. Then one day after multiple visits, I got a bad sope that was reheated and served to me when it really should have been tossed out. I guess I should have forgiven then, since it was just one time, but instead, like a spurned lover, I cheated on Las Poblanitas not once but four times. Last week, after swinging by Ying Du to see if the ducks were back (they’re not and should be back next week according to Midtown Lunch), I found myself hungry and near Las Poblanitas and decided to give them another chance. Perhaps still remembering the bad sope from last year though, I decided to go the all taco route and ordered three tacos: Taco De Chorizo, Taco De Barbacoa De Chivo, and Taco De Lengua (3 for $7.50).

Tacos De Lengua & Tacos De Chorizo @ Las Poblanitas

All tacos can be garnished to your preference. I like a lot of veggies and cheese so I always ask for shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and Cotija cheese. They also have a choice of salsa, red or green. The red is spicier but I always need more heat, hence the jalapenos.

The Taco De Lengua (Beef Tongue Taco), pictured on the left, was gloriously fatty with huge charred cubes of soft tongue. The Taco De Chorizo (Mexican Sausage Taco), right, was also filled with large pieces of salty cured chorizo. I hate places that give you just a sprinkling of ground chorizo. Las Poblanitas doesn’t skimp on the chorizo.

Tacos De Chorizo & Tacos De Barbacoa De Chivo @ Las Poblanitas

The Taco De Barbacoa De Chivo (Steamed Goat Taco), pictured on the right, was my favorite taco. The goat meat was crazy moist and fall apart juicy with a touch of sweetness. I just learned last week on Andrew Zimmern Bizarre Foods that goat meat can be lower in fat and cholesterol than chicken and even fish. Eating this taco, though, you wouldn’t believe it. The goat tasted like really good fatty pulled pork with hardly any taste of gaminess.

I guess this should be a lesson for me not to be turned off by one bad meal. I’m still wary of the cute French cafe in Midtown after finding an ant in my salad. Next time I’ll order the sopes, and if it ends disastrously, I’ll be writing about the tacos again sometime next year.

Las Poblanitas Restaurant Mexicano (CLOSED)
302 West 38th St (betw 8th & 9th Ave)
NYC 10018

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6 Comments

  • Danny at 4:15 pm on November 11, 2008

    Oh wow, those things look amazing! I’ll have to give that place a shot next time

  • bionicgrrrl at 4:30 pm on November 11, 2008

    @Danny Let me know how it goes. Just look for the man with the sign.

  • Midtown Lunch » Midtown Links (Free Tube Steak Edition) at 5:33 pm on November 14, 2008

    [...] Las Poblanitas might be just out of bounds, but it looks like some damn fine Mexican food [Bionic Bites] [...]

  • lc at 8:00 pm on November 14, 2008

    I used to get tamales from here back when I worked in the neighborhood. good stuff!

  • Wil at 10:19 pm on November 14, 2008

    Cool post. I will definetly check this place out soon.By the way, Mexican chorizo is not a cured sausage its a fresh sausage. Spanish chorizo is cured.

  • bionicgrrrl at 3:49 am on November 15, 2008

    @lc I’ll try the tamales and report back. Which ones are good?

    @Wil Hrmm, it tasted cured, but I could be wrong. I guess the only way to find out is to eat another one. Just for you, of course! ;)

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