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Title: Birria Landia
Post by: Markshark on July 01, 2019, 06:59:34 AM
New taco truck on the corner of Roosevelt and 78th street—
They only serve birria—in the form of tacos, quesadillas, and consommé- it’s called “BEEFRRIA LANDIA”, — they don’t seem to have any presence online.
Instantly and easily this has become my favorite taco in the neighborhood.
The guys who run it are very nice as well, and proud of their food. Anyone else tried it?
Title: Re: Birria Landia
Post by: Ecrivain on July 03, 2019, 09:22:40 PM
Sounds great, thanks for posting that. I’m going to try it.
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Post by: BennyB on July 03, 2019, 10:21:14 PM
Yes thanks for the heads up
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Post by: JH3525 on July 04, 2019, 01:47:16 AM
I was in the area yesterday afternoon at 2 and looked for Beefrria Landia and it wasn't there. 
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Post by: Jeffsayyes on July 04, 2019, 08:15:16 AM
I talked to the guy the other day. He said he's there every day after 6, I think. Looks great. He only does birria in tacos, quesadillas, or the consomme soup. Really nice guy, I hope he does well.
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Post by: dssjh on July 04, 2019, 10:51:04 AM
will have to try this cart. i've only really had birria in the consomme/soup form, and Coatzingo does a killer version.
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Post by: JA on July 06, 2019, 12:41:52 PM
Really good, really legit, tacos and tostadas are two bucks, small but packed with flavor, and the dudes who run it seem super friendly and maintain a standard of cleanliness that is uncommon. Support them.
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Post by: BennyB on July 12, 2019, 09:12:57 PM
Just tried the tacos. Really good. Contender to anything in NY presently.
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Post by: Jhlobo on July 14, 2019, 08:07:27 PM
 I just tried the tacos based on what was written here.  They were delicious. the beef was really tender and they had just the right level of  spiciness
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Post by: EmmBee on July 15, 2019, 09:46:42 AM
Agreed with everything else posted here.  These tacos are better than all the carts near the 74th St subway.

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Post by: Dudley on July 15, 2019, 09:42:49 PM
This truck is fantastic, I'm really glad they're there!
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Post by: Hertog on August 05, 2019, 02:09:24 PM
The truck has DISAPPEARED

I went a couple of weeks ago and had great tacos and consome.

I've been down a couple of times after 5pm in the last week.

Any idea what happened?

Help!
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Post by: Jeffsayyes on August 07, 2019, 04:27:23 PM
i saw them yesterday driving down 76 or 77. They are definitely still alive
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Post by: Hertog on August 09, 2019, 12:06:57 PM
Yes - they are back!

Delicious tacos and the soup is AMAZING
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Post by: spooky on August 16, 2019, 11:00:12 PM
Wow..
Just stopped by for the tacos and consume

Amazing!! Best taco truck in the neighborhood and its not even close.

Thanks for posting about this amazing truck
Title: Re: Birria Landia
Post by: jackinjh on August 20, 2019, 01:40:17 PM
Are they still at the corner of 78th and Roosevelt? Anyone know what hour they operate, is the hours listed on Google Maps accurate.

I tried 3 attempts and no luck, first attempt there was MTA repair crew working, second attempt around lunch time, and after saw the Google Maps hour I tried to go one more time around 6pm yesterday.
Title: Re: Birria Landia
Post by: BennyB on August 21, 2019, 04:11:34 PM
Are they still at the corner of 78th and Roosevelt? Anyone know what hour they operate, is the hours listed on Google Maps accurate.

I tried 3 attempts and no luck, first attempt there was MTA repair crew working, second attempt around lunch time, and after saw the Google Maps hour I tried to go one more time around 6pm yesterday.

They are there most nights after 6 pm until 2 am. Every time I've gone they have been there. Before they were parked on 78th, now on Roosevelt.
Title: Re: Birria Landia
Post by: BennyB on August 21, 2019, 04:11:48 PM
https://ny.eater.com/2019/8/21/20809397/beefrria-landia-taco-truck-jackson-heights-nyc
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Post by: secret_test_kitchen on August 21, 2019, 07:33:04 PM
These tacos are fantastic! Just picked some up with consomme on the way home from Roosevelt Station. I can already imagine how good it'll be to have that consomme when the weather cools down. Welcome to the neighborhood, Beefrria.
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Post by: Lilybell on August 22, 2019, 09:16:23 AM
To those of you who have eaten from this truck - 1.  how spicy is the beef?  2. is everything full of the evil weed (cilantro)?  It looks like it from the photos.  :(
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Post by: spooky on August 22, 2019, 12:17:46 PM
1.  3.25/10 on the spiciness level
2.  yes, lots of cilantro. so delicious.
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Post by: Lilybell on August 23, 2019, 12:36:11 PM
Thanks for the info. I just can't handle cilantro. It tastes like soapy corpses.
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Post by: toddg on September 09, 2019, 09:50:14 PM
More on this truck from Chopsticks and Marrow (http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2019/08/celebrate-taco-tuesday-at-beefrr-landia/#more-3904)

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I've gone looking for this a couple of times but haven't found it yet!

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Post by: yt28 on September 21, 2019, 04:16:03 PM
Best tacos in Jackson Heights, and I don't make this statement lightly! Insanely good birria. I think they're only open from evenings till late. I was there at 1am and they had a steady stream of customers even at that time.
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Post by: toddg on September 24, 2019, 08:34:39 PM
I finally found the truck, and the tacos were delicious!
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Post by: am315 on September 26, 2019, 05:32:43 PM
I had the consomme yesterday for the first time. I never had anything like it. It was sort of like soup but a bit like a light stew. Anyone every encountered this anywhere else? In Mexico?
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Post by: temujin on October 10, 2019, 05:09:33 PM
I had the consomme yesterday for the first time. I never had anything like it. It was sort of like soup but a bit like a light stew. Anyone every encountered this anywhere else? In Mexico?

5 de Mayo Food Market also have it. I had these stew/boil meat taco when I was in Mexico City, but never try the consomme when I was there.
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Post by: dssjh on October 10, 2019, 05:27:19 PM
I had the consomme yesterday for the first time. I never had anything like it. It was sort of like soup but a bit like a light stew. Anyone every encountered this anywhere else? In Mexico?

Coatzingo makes a very good one, but it's a large container.
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Post by: Dudley on November 26, 2019, 08:08:15 PM
Nice writeup in the NYT! (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/26/dining/birria-landia-tacos-review-pete-wells.html)

If you get off the No. 7 train at the 74th Street-Broadway station in Queens and walk east along Roosevelt Avenue, you’ll have an opportunity to eat a new taco every few yards. By the time you’ve gone a mile, if not sooner, you’ll have found every kind of taco that is consumed in New York on this stretch of road in Jackson Heights. Tacos are sold from the windows of takeout taquerias, from sit-down restaurants and bars with neon Modelo signs in the window, from the deli counters of convenience stores, from carts with vertical grills that roast spinning pink towers of marinated pork for tacos al pastor.

The most talked-about tacos of the year, though, are sold from a white truck that pulls up each afternoon around dusk in front of an auto mechanic’s unusually large and well-groomed parking lot at the corner of Roosevelt and 78th Street. When the truck opens for business, at around 5 p.m. on weekdays and about 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the men working inside will arrange a trash can, a plastic cooler filled with ice and bottles of Jarritos, and a handful of folding stools on the sidewalk. Signs on either side of the window, illuminated by a long strip of blue light, read “Beefrria-Landia.”

In fact, the truck is named Birria-Landia. Birria is the filling in those tacos, the foundation of the other items on the extremely short menu, and the reason for the line that starts to take shape at the sidewalk-facing window each afternoon and that dissipates and rematerializes several times until the truck drives away, usually long after midnight.

In Mexican culture, birria means different things to different people. To those not talking about food, it signifies trash, a mess, something you’re better off not inspecting too closely. In the state of Jalisco, it also means a hunk of goat or other meat massaged with spices and cooked slowly — formerly in an outdoor pit but these days, chances are, in an oven. Somebody from Zacatecas who hears birria will picture birria de res, beef stew cooked in party-size portions and served on plates or bowls. In Tijuana, and lately in more and more parts of Southern California, when you say birria, people are likely to imagine birria de res, but they will picture it on a taco.

The birria at Birria-Landia is Tijuana-style birria de res, beef marinated and cooked in an adobo of hypnotic complexity. The meat, a blend of brisket, shank and top round, is rich and seems to grow softer as you eat it, like a square of chocolate. Chopped to pieces, it is folded into tacos, scattered over tostadas or sandwiched between facing pairs of quesadillas to make mulitas.

If this were the whole story, Birria-Landia would still be a respectable addition to Roosevelt Avenue. But it is not the whole story, because Tijuana tradition decrees that the tortillas must first be dipped into the shimmering coppery beef fat that rises to the surface of the stew pot, then warmed on a griddle until they are pliable and electrifyingly red. This brings the birria’s spices right into the tortillas, doubling the throb of dried, toasted guajillo and morita chiles, and the minor hints of cinnamon and clove that you can already taste in the beef. The fat dip must be one reason Birria-Landia stands out in New York City, where most of the tortillas could use a little help.

Tijuana custom also demands pausing between bites of a birria taco for a sip of birria broth, known as consomé and generally given away in a small paper cup. In Los Angeles, where birria de res tacos have recently become an obsession, many people take this an extra step and dunk their tacos into the consomé. This custom has taken off on social media, which has in turn fueled the rise of birria vendors such as Teddy’s Red Tacos, which has one restaurant, two trucks and more than 100,000 Instagram followers.

There is no error in dunking your tacos de birria or in keeping them dry, either. What would be a shame would be to miss out entirely on Birria-Landia’s consomé, which is so flavorful and meat-laden it almost overshadows everything else. Whether through long simmering or quick reduction, the broth is about as thick as melted butter. True, they don’t give it away. Some traditions simply don’t travel to New York. But at $4 for a small cup and $6 for a large one, the consomé is a worthwhile expense, particularly because it always seems to include a ladleful or two of meat.

Forced to choose just one of the three other things on the menu, I would probably go with the mulitas, mostly because in New York a good mulita is hard to find. A mulita’s two tortillas are not as crunchy as the one on a tostada, but they do have the benefit of fixing the beef in place with melted mozzarella.

Inside the truck, griddling the tortillas, loading them with birria, splashing it with the sharp and essential tomato-tomatillo salsa, and making change for 10- and 20-dollar bills are José Moreno and his partner, his brother Jesús. They grew up in the Pueblan town of Coatzingo.

Puebla is not known for birria. It is, however, known for producing a large number of New York’s restaurant cooks, including the Moreno brothers. Jesús cooked American food — burgers and so on. José specialized in Italian cuisine, working for the greater part of 20 years in restaurants including Lupa, Parm and Del Posto. Two years ago, José was sent to California to help open Eataly in Los Angeles, which is where he fell for the beefy charms of Tijuana-style birria de res. His favorite spot was Teddy’s. He also drove to Tijuana several times to study at the source. When his turn came to cook meals for the staff at Eataly, he worked on his birria recipe.

If it wasn’t excellent before the Birria-Landia truck began rolling in June, it is now. The business is already changing in response to its popularity. People kept telling the Morenos that they needed to charge more, and last week they listened. Tacos and tostadas are now $2.50 each instead of $2, and a mulita, formerly $3, now costs $3.50.

A second truck is also under discussion, too. A candidate for running it has already emerged. His name is Javier, and he is the third Moreno brother.
Title: Re: Birria Landia
Post by: Jeffsayyes on November 27, 2019, 10:19:44 AM
It is notable that it received 2 stars and not from the Hungry City column.
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Post by: EmmBee on December 01, 2019, 06:38:21 PM
Huge congratulations are in order.  That was a rave review.  I agree, too.  The best tacos in the neighborhood.
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Post by: toddg on December 02, 2019, 07:09:58 AM
I love this place, and am delighted they got such a nice review.  But a rare two-star review for a food truck seems a bit goofy in this case.  I don't think there is another place for miles around that gets even a one-star review.  Maybe the real lesson here is Pete Wells finds his usual high-end restaurant scene tiresome and repetitive, and should get out to Queens more often.

P.S. Corrected this thread name to "Birria Landia"