One of the first nice days out in a while, Anthony and I got some tacos and a burrito bowl from Choza Taqueria and sat in Madison Square Park. I want to say Choza is like a smaller Chipotle. Similar prices, but taste is more simple and fresh. I think getting the burrito bowl is the way to go. I think you get a lot more food in that bowl than the three tacos. I was stuffed.
I like how they have Cholula brand hot sauce packets. Every place should have hot sauce packets, but not like Taco Bell packets.
It was a beautiful lunch day in the park. I made eye contact with a really hot girl from afar while eating my burrito bowl. She ended up sitting right behind us on the statue steps. Her legs were pretty much in my Horchata …which was very cinnamon-y. I didn’t know what to do, so I talked loudly to Anthony about Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Bar & Grill in Orlando. I said they should serve a buffet in there. I wish she laughed.
Choza Taqueria – 66 Madison Ave (btwn 27th & 28th St) New York, NY 10016
Bought this bottle for $6 at De Hot Pot. It’s so good. Caribbean thick hot sauce. Sweet and super spicy. Rusty tried to make something like this before, because his Trini co-worker told him about it. We didn’t have a blender so he cut up the scotch bonnet peppers by hand. I remember telling him that the Internet says he should wear gloves, but he thought his hands were tough enough. They ended up really burning him. He learned his lesson and every time he went to the bathroom, he was careful not to touch any of his parts.
A free pizza pie with each beer you buy. That’s a deal. I never really thought too much about this pizza before. No one claims it’s great. But this particular night when I really thought about it, I was impressed.
The pies usually come out soft, but if you get lucky with a little bit of charred crust …dang. Sprinkle some seasonings on it. Remember to salt it. I think that’s the secret to good pizza …a little bit of saltiness. Have a couple beers and that pizza is such a good deal.
Knowing what I know now about food and having my tastes change over the course of writing this blog, I would have thought the pizza was gross before. But now I appreciate it. And I appreciate those pizza guys in the back of the bar, turning out pizzas over and over each night. Practice makes better pizza.
Our Caribbean adventure continues as we walked up to Prospect Heights for what many say is the best Caribbean food in NYC at The Islands. I got the address from Yelp (Washington Ave between Sterling & St Johns Pl). So we followed my lead towards one of the streets. Then we noticed that we following two girls, a guy and a baby. Walking right behind them, turning at the same streets. We got to our corner and saw Tom’s Diner. I was staring at the menu for a few minutes. Then looked down the street to see if I can see The Islands. Oh shit. I was standing right next to the group we’ve been following for the past 15mins, going into their apartment. They seemed a little bit nervous.
Anyway, we kept walking up and down the street and couldn’t find the Islands. Yasmin finally called them. It was pretty much right where we started at the edge of the park, before we went in a long circle and stalked the two girls, a guy and a baby. I’m going to see if I can change those Yelp cross-streets right now. There’s a shuttered business closer to those cross-streets called “Island Taste” with a green awning that says “West Indian Cuisine – Jerk Chicken – Patties.” I’m sure newbies like me think that was it and they closed. Fret not. Go towards the Key Foods. It’s right next door.
I was told by a Jamaican friend to get the Jerk Lamb. I was going to do a joke about “You are what you eat. Jason Lam–>Jerk Lamb”, but they didn’t have any and now my joke is ruined. We got the large Jerk Chicken instead. Huge portions for $12. Came with Rice and Peas and Cabbage Veggies. So good. Really nice spice. Chicken was the most tender I’ve ever seen for Jerk Chicken. The drumstick meat fell off the bone. I’m not usually a drumstick fan, but this was great.
Nice to take the food a block away to eat in front of the shooting water fountain at the Brooklyn Museum. I feel like I’m home …at Epcot.
The Islands – 803 Washington Ave (btwn Eastern Parkway & Lincoln Pl) Brooklyn, NY 11238
Yasmin joined me for a Caribbean food adventure this past weekend in Lefferts Gardens/Prospect Heights. The B43 bus dropped us off near De Hot Pot …and holy mang! I’m glad they did. Festive music blaring out the store. A lady walking by on the sidewalk started dancing.
The Doubles (small flat sandwich filled with chickpeas). Sounds boring, but whatever sauces the guy put on it was amazing. A small little packet full of flavor. I think it was only a dollar.
We also got a Bake and Shark sandwich ($5). I’ve heard of these. But I wasn’t sure if it was real shark or just fish. The guy confirmed it was shark. Dang. Fried shark pieces in a Coco bread sandwich. Tasted good. Maybe too much bread. Needs more awesome sauce. I picked up a bite on the tray that I thought fell out of the sandwich and put it my mouth. It turned out to be a piece of cartilage Yasmin spit out. I didn’t finish eating that piece.
The rotis the guy was making was huge. Like the size of two big burritos. As we left, an old man came dancing in. De Hot Pot!
De Hot Pot – 1127 Washington Ave (between Lefferts Ave & Lincoln Rd) Brooklyn, NY 11225
This is what happened to Yasmin after doubling down (via Fat Booth phone app). If you order double doubles, how many will they give you? More Caribbean adventure to come. Stay tuned.
Matt Gill and I had take out from Main Noodle House when we were at his studio. I got the Beef Stew Noodle Soup and he got the Wonton Noodle Soup. They came in separate containers to keep the broth separate from the noodles and wonton. I was impressed in my own weird way that they used pretty bad cuts of beef or in other words, more authentic Chinese cuts of beef. The Wonton soup broth tasted better.
I suppose I like how Main Noodle House isn’t so much of a standard Chinese take out spot. They have a few Chinese-Chinese menu items like Roast Duck, Chinese Sausage and Fish.
Dang. Good taco cart in the East Village across from Bar 2A. Went to two birthday parties there this week. A good opportunity to get a taco.
The cook told me the Barbacoa goat taco was the one to get. I liked it. $2.50. Tender shredded meat. Juices dripping all over my fingers.
Also tried a Tlacoyas. Never heard of this before. Looks like a vegetarian Huarache with beans, sour cream, onions and red & green spicy sauce $2.50. Not bad. I think some of that Barbacoa on it would make it even better. But maybe that makes it a Huarache?
Tacos Morelos cart – Northwest corner of E 2nd St and Ave A. New York City