Re:Taqueria Autentica, Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ, just opened
My wife and I went to Taqueria Autentica for and early lunch on Sunday. Good thing we got there early. Unbeknownst to us, that morning's NY Times had a favorable review of the place (what are the odds?? There's like 10,000 restaurants in the Metro area. Actually it's the 2nd time that has happened to us).
Anyway, there's only about 6 tables, and some of them are very awkward to sit at. Luckily we got a good table after only about a 5 minute wait. By the time we left there was a line out the door. The staff seemed a little overwhelmed, but to thier credit they called in an extra server. The kitchen was slow too.
We started with a chips and salsa appetizer, which we had to remind them to bring out (how long could it take to prepare..). The chips were homemade and very good. The salsa (green and red) were small portions, not nearly enough for the chips, and, while very fresh, lacked any "zip" at all.
We shared 2 pork tacos (fabulous!!), a chicken tostatda (fresh and tasty, but was room temperature by the time they brought it out from the kitchen), and a chicken torta (cheesy and good, and at least it was hot).
All in all, they did the best they could with the crowd.
Not sure if we'd go back, but if we'd did, We'd get a few more of those pork tacos. They were fantastic.
Here's the NY Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/nyregion/at-taqueria-autentica-in-bloomfield-tacos-that-fit-in-the-palm.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=taqueria&st=cse