Puebla Mini Market


39-08 Fifth Avenue


Open daily, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photo by Bradley Hawks

Most of Sunset Park's Mexican restaurants line Fifth Avenue south of the park, but Puebla Mini Market is a jump north. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the huge sign attached to the building, which conveniently tells you exactly what you should order: TORTAS. Don Pepe is the mastermind behind the varieties of Mexican sandwich here; his creations number 40 (and counting). All tortas start with beans, avocado, tomato, and onion, and the ingredients pile up from there. Somewhat untraditionally, the cooks load the sandwiches onto a type of panini press; the double-sided heat condenses the creations into well-toasted packages. For all of their layers, these tortas are surprisingly tidy, striated and dense as tectonic plates. The juice counter at the front specializes in various healthful blends of fruits and vegetables. You might need the juiced beet, celery, and pineapple para la depresión that comes with polishing off an entire torta by yourself.