Taco of the Town
Brooklyn’s hidden Mexican gem
We want to like street food, we do. But a new Mexican joint--built around a 1956 Airstream--is keeping us well within our comfort zone by serving up traditional roadside dishes in a more, ahem, trusty environment.
Zona Rosa pays homage to the Mexico City neighborhood of the same name and its legendary street food. Make no mistake, though: These aren’t your basic burritos and greasy tacos. We’re talking queso fundido with chorizo, sweet-corn tamales, “drowned” sandwiches and watermelon margaritas with jalapeño-infused tequila.
But it’s a taquería; you go for the tacos. We sampled the chicken-and-mole combo and the beef cheek with caramelized onion--both of which were tangy, smoky and downright amazing (albeit on the small side).
As if the food weren’t fun enough, this place is adorable. Snag a seat inside under a massive skylight (sorry, the trailer is used for the kitchen), or take your taco party up to the open-air rooftop and squeeze out every last bit of September. Salud.
Zona Rosa, 571 Lorimer St. (at Metropolitan Ave.), Brooklyn; 917-324-7423 or zonarosabrooklyn.com