[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

Hey, Astorians, did you know El Rey del Taco has rolled out a second truck serving the Ditmars-31st Street area?

The original El Rey del Taco truck on 30th Avenue and 33rd Street in Astoria has been a popular late-night mainstay on that busy neighborhood strip for some time now. There may be better Mexican options in the neighborhood (I like El Mariachi on Broadway and 33rd), but when you've just stumbled off the train from a night out in Manhattan and want a quick bite on the way home, you could do much worse.

Fans of El Rey del Taco who live farther up the N/Q line should take note, then, that they've launched this second truck, which can usually be found on the corner of Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street, although I have also seen it at Ditmars and 33rd Street on occasion.

Same menu as its sister truck, with a wide variety of meats to choose from: carnitas, lengua, al pastor, carne asada, chicken, chorizo, and more. I've only sampled the chicken, carnitas, and al pastor so far, with the chicken and al pastor being the best so far. The carnitas pork has been overcooked, but the al pastor is good enough, and the chicken is flavorful and juicy. I look forward to eating my way through more of the menu in the evenings to come.

Tacos are generously topped. At $2 they're the best value on the menu and, along with the tortas ($7), seem to be the most poplar items on offer. There are also burritos ($7), quesadillas ($3.50 to $5), sincronizadas ($7), and huarches ($7), among other items.

The guys staffing this truck say it usually starts around 8 p.m. and goes as late as 4 a.m.


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