Despite the fact that Williamsburg is now loaded with pricey new culinary hot spots, there will always be a need for Cheap Eats in this part of town, and La Superior has been feeding hungry hipsters and getting them ass drunk ever since they settled on Bedford Street, just a few years after the Dutch showed up.
La Superior is a down-and-dirty Mexican taqueria, and it’s a cool one at that. This restaurant has always reminded us of a Williamsburg version of Café Habana, but with slightly less awesome food. The place is always packed, the staff are more interested in each other than they are in you, and it’s cash only, but I suppose that’s all part of La Superior’s charm. At the very least, it’s always a good scene where you can fill your belly with tacos and booze and not go broke. On our last visit, we sat down with a group of eight, ate and drank damn near everything on the menu, and got out for $23 a head, thanks in large part to their $10 margaritas that come in a pint glass. To put that into perspective, El Toro Blanco charges about $14 for one tiny margarita in the West Village. That’s not exactly an apples to apples comparison, but let’s be honest – they’re margaritas, not Old World wines. You can literally fit three El Toro Bianco margs into a one La Superior pint glass. That extra ten minutes on the L-Train doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?
Chips & Guacamole
La Superior does an excellent guacamole. The chips are warm, thick, and salty, and the fresh avocado is mashed up chunky with lots of tomato and onion.
A corn cake sandwich that stuffed with chorizo, potato, cheese, lettuce, and Mexican crema. These are heavy, so probably don’t order them if you’re planning on devouring a platter of tacos.
A Mexican (or at least Mexican-American) classic. It’s basically melted cheese with either meat, mushrooms, or both. You’re gonna want some.
Another “classic,” this is a black bean soup with ancho chile, cheese, and crispy tortillas. This is a good choice for colder weather. It’s huge, delicious, and cheap.
Flautas De Pollo
Flautas also get done right at La Superior. They’re perfectly crispy, and need to be on your table.
Tacos here cost what tacos are supposed to cost – about $2.50 each. None will change your life, but all of them will get the job done. Our favorites include the Carne Asada, Carnitas, Cochinita Pibil, Rajas, and if you want to spend an extra buck, the Lengua. The Chipotle Shrimp tacos are good too, but we’d suggest staying away from the fish tacos. It’s not what they do best.
Pork brain quesadillas. We tried them so you don’t have to. The shock factor of ordering these outweighs the joy of eating them. Pork brains just don’t taste good.
Panuchos De Cochinita
A nice big serving of oily, slow cooked pork, served over a thick tortilla with black beans and topped with pickled onions. The only thing pretty about this dish is the pink pickled onions, but it’s still delicious.
Alambre De Res
Speaking of dishes that aren’t very attractive, this may have been the ugliest duckling of them all. I guess no one ever said Mexican street food was supposed pretty. This is grilled skirt steak with peppers, onions, bacon and melted Chihuahua cheese all ready to be plopped onto a warm tortilla. A solid alternative to tacos.
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