Within minutes of the news breaking that Grand Central Market was going to be undergoing a major face lift, our own Jonathan Gold tweeted: “If they touch Roast to Go, I’ll be down there with a machete.” As someone who has been eating and shopping at the market for more than 20 years, I know the feeling -- and I’m sure many of you Daily Dish readers do too.
As much as we embrace the idea of the downtown landmark getting a general upgrade, there are some spots we regard as next to holy. Walking through the market Thursday morning, I made a checklist of my “Don’t Even Think About Touching These” spots.
Of course, Roast to Go is on my list (love their gorditas, and besides, who am I to argue with Mr. Gold?). But for me, Tacos Tumbras a Tomas is at the top (tacos a trompas FTW!). I would also fight for Sarita’s Pupuseria.
I was sad to see that my favorite chile vendor – Del Rey Spanish Foods – appears to be boarded up and its phone disconnected; when did this happen? Fortunately, the stand that appears to be called Moles Chiles Secos is still going. Can you imagine the Grand Central Market without chiles?