The Guide To Sunset Park From Someone That Lived There
Recently a lot of people have been doing Taco Crawls and exploring Chinatown in Sunset Park Brooklyn. I lived there for two years and am never happy with their choices so there will be no writing about Matamoros or Nyona or Ba Xuyen here. This is a guide in my opinion on some of the best places to get a really good cheap food adventure in Sunset Park.
This has to be number one on the list. This place isn't that clean, the food takes forever to come, people will come in and try to sell you bootleg DVDs while you are eating, but this is the best place in Sunset Park don't be scared. If they have Cabeza (pigs head) tacos on the menu get it, all the other tacos are perfect too, BUT the star is the Pork Shank Torta -
This is one of the sloppiest but most amazing sandwiches you will ever eat. Slowly braised pork shank in a special sauce, queso blanco, avocado, tomato, pickled jalapeno and mayo (which really isn't needed) on a perfect roll. Anytime a friend came to visit me this is the first place I took them. Make sure to get the free salsas that they keep in the fridge and wash your meal down with a Jarritos Toronja soda.
Ricos Tacos 505 51st st (btwn. 5th & 6th ave)
This place has the best tamales I ever ate, not those dry/crumbly/barely any filling offerings in the neighborhood. This was my breakfast many of days. You can go up to the lady in the front of the restaurant and she has them wrapped up stored in a cooler and ready to go. She also has fresh fruit and juices. I actually never sat down to eat, I would only get Tamales to go. Try the Verde (shredded chicken in a spicy salsa verde), The Oaxacan, Mole and the Rajas Con Pollo. Oh, they are only 1.25 each and quite hearty.
La Guerra - 4603 5th Avenue (between 46th St & 47th St)
Located in Brooklyn's Chinatown, solid Vietnamese food for prices you will not believe. Portions are huge and plenty of options for the timid and adventurous eater. Great place to go with a bunch of friends and order a bunch of food off the menu and just split everything. Highlights include - Goi Bo ( shredded beef salad, so good), Banh Mi Cary Ga (Curry Chicken Banh Mi) ,Tom Hum Hop Bia (beer steamed cooked lobster). I can go on for a while.
Gia Lam - 5606 8th Ave, (Btwn 55th & 56th) Sunset Park
This One isn't really about food, though they do have a snack bar with the food you would eat at a birthday party when you were 8 years old. There is no irony involved here, it is just a place that hasn't changed in about 20 years. Great for a party, there is a bar ran by Pete (pictured here, ask for
his special drink, it is usually bright colored and strong). If you are in Sunset Park I implore you to give it a shot.
Melody Lanes - 461 37th Street, Brooklyn, NY (718) 832-2695
Wild Card Pick - Sunset Park Diner And Donuts
This One is for people that live in the area, it isn't a destination spot. It is a no frills, blue collar diner where you can read your paper, have a cup of coffee and have standard diner fare (which is hard to find in that area). Food isn't amazing, the waitresses are sweet people, it is quiet, and a place that will remind you of NY in the older days.
889 5th Avenue (btwn 39th and 40th)
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