Meal for 1: $9.50 with a small soda
So in the interest of full disclosure I must start this post by admitting that I have a serious love of all things cornmeal. Polenta, grits, masa – all of it. I am powerless when there are arepa, papusa or especially tamales on a menu. So it was no surprise to me that when I walked by Uncle Moe’s while out for a stroll enjoying one of the first lovely sunny spring days, that I had no choice but to go in for a snack.
Uncle Moe’s is the perfect place to go to on your own for a quick meal or takeout. The Brooklyn location completely lacks atmosphere of any kind so do not be disappointed when you find it missing. The Manhattan location has slightly more atmosphere – but not much.
The nice man behind the counter will build an excellent burrito or taco for you but no matter how often I tell myself that I am going to order either when I open my mouth the word tamale inexplicably leaps out.
Today they had beef and vegetable so I of course ordered one of each. I smothered them in some of the salsa’s and sauces and took them to one of the tables out on the street to tuck in. The fillings were nicely spiced and the masa itself was moist and of perfect consistency.
As I people watched I noticed that the folks strolling by were looking enviously at my lovely little meal. I had to resist the urge to tell them that – yes – they really should stop and try one. I will be back.
341 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215