I found another good spot to eat before the theataaah.

23 Jul

Prettily presented quesadilla.

OK, so it’s more Hell’s Kitchen than Times Square, but the service is speedy enough to get you to your seats on time. On 49th and Ninth, Ponche Taqueria & Cantina is a 20-seat taco shop with good, cheap food: $6 fresh, creamy guac, $7 quesadillas, $3 tacos or $12 for three (with a side of not-special rice and beans). *And yes, you can mix-and-match taco types.* The must-get is the pescado: lightly battered mahi mahi with pickled cabbage and a light chipotle mayo sauce. I also liked the camarones taco. And the carne asado taco. So what if I like tacos? My only complaint: mostly flour tortillas instead of corn. But at least they don’t double wrap.

FYI, this is not some hole-in-the-wall: It’s clean, with friendly staff and nice food presentation—and actual wine glasses for BYOB. If you want to imbibe, stop by the shop half a block away on Ninth—no corkage fee unless you’re drinking bottle after bottle. Liquor license is in the works, but because there’s a school across the street, booze sales may be limited to certain hours. Location is removed enough from the aggravation of Times Square but not so far to be inconvenient. The post-curtain crowd was a bit young (must be the prices!); sit near the front for the best acoustics.

Oh! And 10% off your bill if you pay with cash.

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