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Denisse Lina Chavez makes, arguably, the very best tortillas in town. She first bestowed them on Brooklyn at El Atoradero in Crown Heights, as vessels for sopping up complex, multi-day molés, or wrapping up slow-roasted strands of cochinita pibil. And she increased production just this past year for Madre Mezcaleria next door, in order to supply the agave bar with a complimentary selection of awesome antojitos. So with such a perfect product at their disposal, it...
It’s not often (if ever?) that you hear of spots moving to Brooklyn because they were priced out of the Bronx. And yet, that’s precisely what happened to Denisse Lina Chavez, when her landlord skyrocketed the rent on her tiny, beloved Pueblan spot, Carnitas El Atoradero, owing to a constant stream of great press. Thankfully, two of her most ardent outer borough supporters (Arrogant Swine partner Noah Arenstein, and Josh Kaplan of Dassara), ended...
Lovers of authentic, unassailable Mexican food—and residents of Kings County—get excited, because your options in that department just became more attainable and delicious. Denise Lina Chavez, who opened her much praised bodega-taqueria, El Atoradero, in the Bronx, has brought her delicious recipes closer to our homes and stomachs—El Atoradero Brooklyn is now open for business in Prospect Heights. Grub Street tells us that the restaurant—whose predecessor won highest-ranked Mexican restaurant on Underground Gourmet's 2014 Cheap Eats—is in...

Tiki Chic: El Cortez

El Cortez 17 Ingraham Street, Bushwick On the surface the menu for El Cortez—an instant industry hotspot with a seedy 70s-motel bar vibe—reads like a haphazard mashup of New York’s latest, most pervasive lowbrow trends, Tiki and Tex-Mex. But El Cortez is more than just ersatz Mexican; diners are in the ultra-capable hands of chefs Stephen Tanner (The Commodore) and Dennis Spina (River Styx), whose abiding love for trash cuisine of all origins, is lovingly perfected. You...

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