José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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for The New York Times: Evelia’s Tamales, a Sidewalk Standby, Comes in From the Streets
josé a. alvarado jr.
Sep 21, 2022
Summary
Restaurant Review: Evelia’s Tamales, a Sidewalk Standby, Comes in From the Streets. The celebrated Queens food cart finds a storefront space, and the food is still just as good.
By 7 a.m. on most weekdays, when Evelia’s Tamales in North Corona, Queens, is in the thick of the morning rush, there is a good chance that all the tables will be empty.

The dining room is inviting enough, with space for about two dozen diners. Papel picado flags stenciled with the restaurant’s name and logo — a steaming pot of tamales — are strung across the ceiling. By the front door, script written in LED neon over a patch of artificial greenery spells out, “live love eat tamales.”Yet almost all of Evelia’s customers at that hour make straight for the takeout counter, as they do more or less the minute the doors open at 5 a.m. Many of them are men dressed in work clothes and steel-toed boots powdered with construction dust. They arrive in pickups and cargo vans that they parked outside on Northern Boulevard, dodging the dented cars that weave in and out of the bays of the auto-body shop across the road in a ballet of crumpled metal. Within a few minutes they climb back into their vehicles carrying bags loaded with breakfast and, chances are, lunch.

Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Pete Wells.Restaurant Review: Evelia’s Tamales, a Sidewalk Standby, Comes in From the Streets
The celebrated Queens food cart finds a storefront space, and the food is still just as good.
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