Where to Get the Best Tamales in NYC

From street-vendor classics to new-school riffs, these edible hand-warmers will keep you satisfied all winter.


If you were fortunate enough to be linked by blood or by neighborly proximity to a Mexican-American household during the holidays, I’d wager that you have a freezer full of handmade tamales right about now.

More than bad sweaters and trying to get drunk off "adult" egg nog, tamales are essential to the post-holiday winter season. Whether wrapped up in corn husks or banana leaves, stuffed with braised meats or roasted chiles, steaming hot tamales are the perfect cold-weather food.

To help make your January properly tamale-filled, we pounded the pavement to bring you 10 great New York City tamales, and where to find them.

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