It's not that Mexico 2000 is good because it's located in the back of a bodega. It's good because of the food, the staff (top three nicest in New York), and the self-serve Mexican soda freezer. It's f*cking great because it's in the back of a bodega.
Mexico 2000 is a great place to go whenever you're looking for tacos near the J train in Williamsburg. But it's also the perfect place to test out your current relationship. And not only because good food served out of a gritty space is a turn on, but because it's the kind of Date Night spot you want to come to when you're deciding whether or not your significant other is for real. Can he or she "hang." Some initial hesitation is fine - maybe even normal - but anything resembling an "ew" or a "gross" is a red flag. That kind of close-mindedness should tell you right then and there that this probably isn't going to work. Because quite frankly, if you can't enjoy these chimichangas and tamales, regardless of the fact that you're in an eight-seat store located under the BQE, well, what other high maintenance secrets are you hiding? Do you blot your pizza too??!?!! It's a legit question to ask and one that Mexico 2000 is happy to ask for you.
So think of this place as that awkward icebreaker you're too afraid to initiate on your own. Worst case scenario you get above average tacos and you break up (and no it's not me, it's you). Best case - well, let's just say we know who will be catering the wedding.
Double tortilla, your choice of meat and a big handful of queso blanco and crema to boot. Pick your poison, but we're partial to the al pastor and the chorizo. Such good poison.
This is larger than your average sope, but comes loaded with the usual. Refried bean base topped with lettuce, chopped tomato, shredded cheese, and meat. 100% worth your time.
One of my New Year's resolutions is to eat more tamales. I really don't have enough tamale experience to spot a good one from a great one, but delicious knows delicious and these are damn good. The pork and green sauce one is our favorite and will not disappoint.
Rice and Beans
They will come with almost any entree or combo order, but if for some reason you're only getting small bites, do yourself a favor and get an order. The refried beans...ay papi, qué excelente.
Essentially a deep fried burrito. Essentially heaven on earth.
Tightly rolled in a soft shell, the shredded chicken is our go-to. They come smothered in the house green sauce, but we like to throw even more on top. It's got solid kick and works perfectly with your bite. Get this as part of a combo plate if you want a proper sampling.
This is the lone miss out here. Too much cheese (yes, there is such a thing) and the pepper itself is soggy and oily.
The chicken is crazy tender, fall off the bone, melt in your mouth, all that good stuff. The mole is solid though not amazing, a bit too much smoke and just not enough sweet for our tastes, but worth a spin if you're the mole type.
If your date is into eating these here, get down on a knee and take the plunge.