Tortilleria Nixtamal is a small tortilla factory, restaurant, and cultural center in Corona, Queens that serves up authentic Mexican cooking. Corona is a longtime Italian neighborhood, but a rapidly expanding Mexican community and a need for quality Mexican food laid the foundation for partners Shauna Page and Fernando Ruiz to create Tortilleria Nixtamal.
The crowning achievement of Nixtamal are the fresh corn tortillas that they make every day. And you can really taste the difference! Every morning they cook and then grind corn kernels with limestone (otherwise known as calcium hydroxide) to bring out the nutrients and flavor – just like the Aztecs used to do as far back as 1500BCE! They then take the masa (ground corn) and mix it around a little more, and then feed in into their tortilla machine. It is a specific process that takes a skilled eye and an acute tongue to get the tortillas just right.
Accentuated by their fresh tortillas, Nixtamal provides an amazing menu filled with Mexican classics that are inspired by their staff whose recipes are based on what they cook at home for their families. The mole is rich and creamy, the sincronizada is cheesy and crisp, the guacamole is made fresh to order and served with a heaping pile of fresh tortilla chips, and the perfectly blended cinnamon horchata is just the ticket to wash it all down. And of course, you simply cannot set foot in their doors without sampling at least one of their eight different tamales (we are partial to the chicken and pork).
Tortilleria Nixtamal is devoted to keeping the restaurant healthy, fresh, authentic, and local. They buy non-GMO corn from the Rovey Seed Farm Company, source their meat from the local butcher Franco’s, receive their seafood from Astoria Seafood, and buy produce from the Corona-Abarrotera Central. Your best bet is to head to the cultural headquarters of Tortillaria Nixtamal in Corona. If Queens is just out of your reach, you can stop by Taqueria Nixtamalito in Downtown Manhattan. Nixtamalito has a shorter menu, but still offers up wholesale tortillas and classic Mexican street fare.
104-05 47th Ave Queens, NY 11368