Friday, July 10, 2009

Cabrito

I've been spending a lot of time in the West Village lately. Mostly doing some necessary work. But also, it's a good area to find good, yet cheap, food. The other day while walking to Spunto, Mr. Meat & Potatoes and I passed Cabrito. I would have never recognized it without the return of its pink goat. We agreed to go back the next time we were in the area. And behold, a week later, we were in the area. I've read a lot about the food at Cabrito in several food blogs. Tacos are the way to go here. I'm always looking for better, tasty Mexican food. Not the kind of junk you'd find in Qdobo or Chipotle. If you like that kind of stuff, then you like fast food. Some people think McDonald's and Burger King are good choices for burgers. I, on the other hand, prefer something better and made to order with fresh beef cooked medium. I just strive to eat something better considering it's NYC!! The choices are endless here and it's convenient. Why not just try a little harder looking? Don't be lazy with food. Please, don't. Enough of that. Now, back to the food. We split two tacos: Lengua & Tomatillo ($5) and Pork Belly ($6). The pork belly taco was so good. It came with jicama and apple slaw. The pork itself was braised and had a sweet glaze on it. Almost honey-like. The fattiness of the pork and the sweetness of the glaze just worked perfectly. The lengua taco was even better. It's braised tongue. It was slightly charred and had crispy ends. The meat was soft and succulent. It was complemented with a some flavorful avocado salsa. Lastly, we shared a platter of the cabrito ($26). I always like to try the signature dish at a new restaurant. And here, it was the slow roasted goat. The meat came still on the bone. That just adds more flavor. The rub was really good, and just slightly spicy. It came with some salsa borracha, sour cream, onions, and cilantro. The plate gave us 4 small tacos. At the end of the meal, we were full but not over stuffed. Just satisfied. The food was good. The service was friendly. The decor is laid back. Some would call it a dive. It's just old looking wooden tables, chairs, and bar. There was a bunch of bottles and cases of alcohol in the back in plain view. But I didn't care. This place never prided itself with the kind of atmosphere you'd find in fancier places. It's all about the food and drinks here. That's just good enough for me to return.


Cabrito 50 Carmine Street New York, NY 10014 (212) 929-5050 cabritonyc.com

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