New York City is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems the majority of New Yorkers just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
In this edition of Dining Confidential, chef, restaurateur and occasional Food Network judge Chris Santos absolutely raves about Rico's Tacos, a "Mexican restaurant that caters to Mexicans."
"Two months ago, I moved from sunny Park Slope, where I had lived for 13 years, to the Lower East Side, in order to be closer to my own restaurants and the neighborhood that has slowly become my new home over the past half decade. There are lots of things I will miss about Park Slope, but most of all I will miss how close it was to "Rico's Tacos" in Sunset Park. Rico's is that elusive place that everyone claims doesn't exist in NYC: this is truly authentic Mexican. A no frills, hole in the wall that could easily be missed if it weren't for the amazing mural out front.
The service, the decor and the music are non existent- but the food!!!! The best, most decadent Torta Milanesa I have ever come across, cheap impossibly delicious carnitas and beef tongue tacos, and my personal favorite; an incredible, scorching hot version of chilaquiles verdes con pollo. This is a Mexican restaurant that caters to Mexicans. In my countless visits to this little gem I have rarely encountered another gringo, but when I do we always give each other a knowing nod. I'll still be hitting Rico's frequently, it's just going to be a longer commute."
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