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At Mexicocina, a small, cheerful storefront two blocks from the No. 6 train in the South Bronx, these oversize dumpling-like meatballs, called albóndigas, wallow in a robust tomato broth alongside rough blocks of potatoes ($9). Like any object of desire, they are elusive, not always available. Cross your fingers, or call ahead.Mexicocina, which opened in 2008, is one of the more formal Mexican joints in this stretch of Mott Haven, which is to say there are a few tables at the back, past the takeout counter with its glass vats of horchata and tamarindo. The owner and chef, Antonio Vilchis, writes courtly thank-you notes to Yelp reviewers ("I appreciate your kind words"), asking for ways to improve. ("What could we do to earn that extra star?")
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