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Ask any vegan you know, and if they’re honest they’ll tell you that a lot of vegan food sucks. Not because plant-based food is naturally bland, but because most restaurants don’t care about vegans. As I’ve played with transitioning animal-based foods out of my diet, I’ve gotten a small taste of how bitter the struggle for good vegan food can be. I’ve also enjoyed the sweet success of finding flavorful and delicious vegan food,...
Tacos and tequila are a fail-safe summertime combo, making June an auspicious debut for Williamsburg’s Casa Publica. An Art Deco-esque beacon of arched windows, mosaic murals, clay tile and natural sunlight on a park-neighboring corner of Union (representing a distinct design departure from Over the Eights’ dim and divey interpretation of the space), it seeks to emulate modern-day Mexico City with market-conscious riffs on established dishes. Armed with a trompo, chef Bob Truitt will eventually churn...
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...
New Yorkers can be awfully opinionated when it comes to tacos, and we have good reason to be — because while Californians are generally loath to admit it, our game has grown especially strong. There’s only one deeply rooted, locally-held belief when it comes to burritos, on the other hand, which is don’t bother ordering them; unless you’re slumming it during lunch rush at Chipotle. That’s because we’ve had exceedingly spotty access to San...

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