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The New York Times: Reader Question: Tamales in the Village and Whole Lobster

Homemade Masa, the Ancient Way

Any recommendations close to the Village for tamales? I relish ones that are generous with corn meal. — Judi

Factory Tamal, anyone? There are two locations: one on Ludlow Street and a more Village-adjacent storefront on East Fourth Street near Cooper Square. As the New York Times Magazine columnist Ligaya Mishan wrote in her 2017 review, it’s one of just a few places in New York City that makes masa the old-school (read: ancient) way. Her favorite tamales: mole poblano, chipotle, salsa verde, rajas con queso, and the so-New-York-it-hurts bacon and cheese; $5 each.

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