Otto’s Tacos, Opening Today, Makes Its Own Masa

The Carne Asada taco looks damn good.

Another taqueria opens in the East Village today, but this one's taking on the challenge of making masa blends in-house and serving fresh-made corn tortillas. The menu, with only five types of tacos, looks basic, but that's a good thing. Los Angeles expat Otto Cedeno, a former tech-start-up exec, strives to perfect traditional recipes: Fillings include shrimp with a serrano-based crema and pork shoulder that's immersed in a beer broth, slow-cooked for hours, and then grilled on a plancha. He's also making his own salsas and marinades. Otto's (at 141 Second Avenue) is set up like a grab-and-go taqueria — just make sure you don't leave without a side of masa fries.