Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is overrun with tacos. If you take the R Train to the 36th St station and wander around the neighborhood, you’ll find countless Mexican restaurants, taquerias, delis, and grocery stores selling pounds and pounds of queso. But tucked away on a quiet corner just north of Sunset Park is your ultimate destination: the unassuming Puebla de Los Angeles, a nondescript store that is essentially a Mexican deli, grocery, and bodega all rolled into one, with $5 burrito-sized tacos called tacos placeros (“market tacos”).
Enter and scoot past the aisles stocked with canned chiles and spicy green chips imported from Mexico, past the Virgin Mary eyeing you from her post up above the fridges, and place your order through the small window where you can see the chef flipping tortillas on the comal. Aside from a few locals darting in and out to buy cigarettes or getting food to go, you’ll have the entire place to yourself.