Creating al pastor tacos involves a gigantic spit—the trompo—piled high with succulent pork and pineapple, slowly spinning next to an open flame until the meat's ready to be sliced off and tucked into a tortilla. At Guadalupe Inn, the third installment of Mexico City-inspired restaurants from the team behind Mesa Coyoacan and Zona Rosa, a miniature trompito comes tableside for a DIY taco experience.
Owner and chef Ivan Garcia's solidified his place as NYC's ambassador to his native Mexico City with his now trio of eateries dedicated to highlight the neighborhoods—all of his restaurants are named after sections of the city—and flavors of his hometown. Plump corn gorditas are home to chicharron and carnitas or used as a vessel for a chicken liver pate. Larger dishes include the al pastor experience, Mexican veal meatballs and Costillas de Cordero, baby lamb chops served with beet salad.
The lush digs, including a chandelier and a big oak bar, are meant to evoke a '40s-era supper club, whatever that means, but it looks pretty swanky. They're also doing live music from traditional mariachi bands to "Brooklyn’s most talented singers and bands."
1 Knickerbocker Avenue at Johnson Street, (718) 366-0500; guadalupeinnbk.com. Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.