Downtown Lunch: BBQ Express Brings Mexican Corn to Chinatown?!?

Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.) 

BBQ Express
BBQ ExpressIt looks like Mosco street is undergoing an renaissance. On my way back to having another satisfying cheap lunch at Yee Eng Home Cooking, I found another interesting development just before the steps of my newfound cheap Thai paradise. At the top of Mosco street two guys took over a bubble gum stand and are now selling skewered meat; but not just any skewers, they have Mongolian lamb! The meat is tender, plentiful, and a bit spicy (if you ask for it.) All in all, a pretty amazing deal for $1.25. You can also get chicken teriyaki which has a nice sweetness to the nuggets of meat.

They don’t stop at the interesting skewers though- this stand has something you’re not going to find anywhere else in Chinatown… Mexican Corn! In Chinatown!?!? Authentic? Uhhh… probably not (do Mexicans use Kraft Parmesan-in-a-green-can?), but who cares because it’s fucking good. And it’s only 2 bucks.

BBQ Express

All of the food is cooked fresh in front of you over wood charcoal. Why Mexican corn I asked? The chef dude said, “I had it once on the Lower East Side and loved it!” Good enough for me. $4.50 for two meat skewers and a corn? No complaints here.

BBQ Express, Mosco St. btw. Mott & Mulberry. No phone (it’s a kebab stand dude!)



  • japanese uniform is probably because of the beef teriyaki skewer, but who cares what they wear, the quality is the most important. Try it and liked it, hope he can give me the recipe next time.

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