Nathan’s & Coney Island

Coney Island is a great to spend the day with anyone or even on your own. There’s so much to do and eat. On that fine point, you must have a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog.

I’m no hot dog aficionado but it was  darn tasty! I topped it with mustard, ketchup and some relish. I usually like it with some onions, too.

And, in case you didn’t know. They are home to renowned hot dog eating contest in July! Check it out if you get the chance!

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Los Tacos…yes, line up for it!

I’ve always wondered about places that have so much hype. I feel set up for disappointment. This time round, I will include myself in the masses that say, yes, to lining up.

I ordered two tacos – one grilled beef, carne asada  and one grilled chicken, pollo asado  with everything on it on a corn tortilla.  I had overheard a couple of regulars in line chatting, giving advice to her friend about her favourites. One of those circumstances when listening in might be handy.

It was heaven. Tender, juicy well marinated beef and chicken. Every bite was memorable due in part one of the best corn tortillas I have experienced in recent memory.

If I did not have an appointment to get to I would have hit that line again for more. The line you see, may be intimidating but it moves fairly fast. I was impressed all round.

 

 

 

Agave. West Village. Mexican Food

On weekends this place is packed but get there at an odd hour, after lunch say, mid afternoon. What you’ll find is nice venue to relax and enjoy yourself.  By that I mean, grab one of their margarita’s (or in my case, three).  Even if you aren’t hungry try their empanadas and tacos.  I can’t get over how good they were.

My only disappointment is not being able to eat more. Seriously, I wanted more but I was ridiculously full.

agave blood orange
prickly pear margarita

Fresh Empanadas at El Amacen

There’s something to be said about sitting in this cafe and having numerous walk ins order bunches of empanadas to take home. Very good sign.

I saw them making them as the other woman was making my Americano from their beautiful espresso machine. It’s a serious show stopper.  Beyond all that, it is one of my favourite places to hang out sans wi-fi.

But on to the empanadas. Perfect. The dough, the filling – combined perfection. Beef and olive was divine. The chicken was phenomenal but if I had to pick, beef and olive wins!

I’m always amazed how some of the best cuisines from each country are the foods you can walk and eat with.