Tacos El Bronco
What you’re getting: Carnitas tacos
The flagship operation of the bustling Fifth Avenue food truck has a lunch crowd that comes for show-stopping tacos. In the carnitas tacos, smoky bits of pork are plopped on freshly rolled corn tortillas, along with a spoonful of grilled green onions, cucumbers, and radishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even have those yellow tortillas topped with buche (pork stomach) and lengua (tongue).
Smile to Go
What you’re getting: Half sandwich and market item
The second outpost of the Smile’s counter-service, to-go spot in SoHo, Smile to Go offers excellent sandwiches (think roasted beef with roasted grape tomatoes, arugula, and horseradish mayo), a daily rotating selection of market items (like pomegranate-glazed carrots), and a host of house-made pastries, which you would be remiss not to order.
My Cuban Spot
What you’re getting: The Boss
What Gowanus lacks in potable water, it makes up in a slew of repurposed factories-turned-bars and the best Cuban sandwich outside of Miami. Bits of pork, ham, Swiss, and pickles are layered on crusty Cuban bread with a swipe of yellow mustard, then pressed until browned and crisp. The huge sandwich will almost make you forget about the canal’s toxic sludge.