Factory Tamal is Open For Business Today in New Location at 34 Ludlow St.

34 Ludlow St.

34 Ludlow St.

It’s opening day for Taco Tamal’s new space at 34 Ludlow St.

The great little place from chef Fernando Lopez relocated from Essex Street, just a few months after debuting on the Lower East Side. The expanded storefront offers a few seats at a counter, a sofa and a single table for bigger groups. Mostly, though, the Ludlow Street location, gives Lopez a little extra room to maneuver in the kitchen.

The restaurant specializes in homemade tamales ($2.50 per piece). The New York Times profiled Factory Tamal today:

Three and a half millenniums ago, the Mayans figured out the trick for turning hard dried corn into supple dough, soaking the kernels with wood ashes, burned lime or charred mollusk shells until they shed their hulls and grew soft and pliant. Only then were they ready to be ground into flour and made into the dough called masa, without which there would be no tortillas and tamales. Today, few Mexican restaurants in New York brave this time-intensive process, known as nixtamalization. Some buy fresh masa; others rely on Maseca, a brand of dehydrated nixtamal. But at Factory Tamal, a small, mostly takeout shop on the Lower East Side, Fernando Lopez is faithful to the ancient Mayan way.

We profiled Lopez earlier this year in our series, Lower east Side Voices,” which highlighted the stories of immigrants who have created new lives for themselves in this neighborhood. Factory Tamal is open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Factory Tamal Opens at 13 Essex St.

13 Essex St.

13 Essex St.

A little place called Factory Tamal soft-opened at 13 Essex St. over the weekend. The restaurant from Fernando Lopez is a welcoming spot offering homemade tamales, but also lots of other breakfast and lunch items.

Lopez cooked at Cabalito, the Salvadoran restaurant the recently closed at this location. When we stopped in yesterday, he told us the restaurant will only be open in the daytime (closing at 7 p.m.) There’s no printed menu just yet, but below we’ve posted a photo of the in-store blackboard menu.

There are four different types of tamales, all priced at $2. As you can see, it’s an eclectic menu. You can order a pressed pastrami sandwich with chipotle dressing. There are a variety of sandwiches and salads, all priced at $7.

In recent years, this stretch of Essex Street has become a mini-cheap eats haven, although there’s been some recent turnover. In addition to Cabalito, Sam’s Spring Roll (23 Essex St.), closed at the end of last year.