One of the crucial thrilling restaurant openings of 2020 is one which occurred with little fanfare and nearly no forewarning. Birria-Landia, the Jackson Heights taco truck typically credited with placing birria tacos on New York Metropolis’s radar, announced the opening of a second location in Williamsburg this week.
The taco truck rolled into its new dwelling on the nook of Metropolitan and Meeker Avenue on Thursday and instantly drew crowds. Blame it on Birria-Landia’s cult following, or pin it on the free consomme the truck advertised on its Instagram, but when final evening is any indication, getting these tacos goes to take some work. Beginning at 5 p.m. final evening, a gradual stream of shoppers lined up alongside Metropolitan Avenue, ready to attempt tacos from the brand new location.
Identical to Birria-Landia’s Jackson Heights location, the menu on the new truck contains birria tacos ($3), tostadas ($3), mulitas ($4), and cups of fatty consomme broth ($4 small, $6 massive). The brand new taco truck seems to be barely bigger than the unique, with an expanded kitchen and longer outside counter tops.
The brand new Williamsburg taco truck is the second location from brothers José and Jesús Moreno, who opened their authentic spot final summer season in Jackson Heights, on the nook of 78th Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue. Inside just some weeks of opening, their meals truck drew the eye of the town’s many critics for its birria tacos, whose tortillas are crisped on the griddle, dipped in beef fats, after which filled with shredded meat.
In August 2019, Eater critic Robert Sietsema found that the birria tacos served at Birria-Landia rivaled these present in Los Angeles, the place the dish made its United States debut. Grub Avenue deemed the taco truck to be the best possible road meals in Queens and, in November, New York Instances critic Pete Wells took that assessment one step additional, writing that Birria-Landia had “modified the taco panorama” within the metropolis.
Birria-Landia is credited by some with placing birria on the town’s radar, however the dish predates the truck’s year-long tenure on Roosevelt Avenue. Notably, the El Bronco taco truck close to Inexperienced-Wooden Cemetery in south Brooklyn served the dish as a soup in a paper cup, whereas others, together with Sabor a Mexico and Taqueria Coatzingo, provided the dish in taco type, albeit and not using a facet of consomme. A half-dozen variations of birria— served at sit-down eating places, in fast-casual-style bowls, and made utilizing oxtail — can now be found throughout the town.