This far from the border, authentic Mexican food is harder to come by than a seat on the rush hour 4 train. But the Mexican community in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park has proven that, in fact, you can take it with you.
The best of the barrio is Tacos Matamoros (4508 5th Avenue, Brooklyn–map), where you can load up on delicious tacos for $1-2 a piece. It’s a homey family restaurant that’s great for a casual meal. And it’s just a block from Sunset Park itself, so on a nice day you can grab your tacos to go, spread out on the grass, and actually watch the sun set.
Matamoros boasts a vast range of meat fillings to sample. The tastiest options are the pork—carnitas (spicy), al pastor (rotisserie), and chorizo (sausage). But you can also experiment with different flavors of chicken and beef. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try the crispy and salty sensations that are the tripa, lengua, and cabeza. That’s tripe, tongue, and brain. Remember, we’re in a recession. Why let those tasty morsels go to waste?