My 5 Favorite NYC Burritos

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How about a burrito for breakfast, at Downtown Bakery?


Admire the burrito in its multiplicity: A burrito is like an emergency food ration -- for five people. A burrito is more about more. A burrito satisfies beyond the capacity of a mere sandwich. A burrito keeps its charms to itself, until you tear it apart. A burrito is the ultimate portable meal. Good burritos (but not great ones, some argue) are to be found every couple of blocks. But why, oh, why do we not have deep-fried burritos, like Denver? Here are my five favorites.


5. Breakfast Burrito With Eggs, Potatoes, Jack Cheese, and Sausage at Downtown Bakery (above) -- Bite down on this baby and, expecting chorizo, discover that it's really Italian sausage. This wonderful East Village Mexican café evolved out of an Italian bakery nearly 15 years ago, and the sausage may reflect the previous tenants. O blessed fusion! (And no you don't have to eat it with the knife and fork provided.) 69 First Avenue, 212-254-1757


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4. Beef Colorado Burrito at Lupe's East L.A. Kitchen -- This magnificent burrito, stuffed with Sonoran-style chili-stewed beef along with beans and cheese, is served with the rice and greenery on the side, rather than inside. And the dribble of chili gravy on top is an added boon. 110 Sixth Avenue, 212-966-1326


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3. Lengua Burrito at Tulcingo del Valle -- No-frills is the route this starchy cylinder takes, confining its fillings to moist yellow rice, oozy white cheese, and the tenderest beef tongue on this side of the planet. 665 Tenth Avenue, 212-262-5173


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2. Carne Enchilada Burrito at Cholulita Deli -- The startling appearance of french fries right next to your bulging burrito stuffed with spicy pork is indication that the proprietors of this south Pueblan bodega believe that the burrito is really an American invention, and not part of the Mexican-food canon proper. And they're right. 888 Broadway, Brooklyn, 347-435-0813



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11 comments
Spnder
Spnder

Dos Toros is a solid choice, but only because there are so few good choices to be had. My favorite in the city is Calexico, which uses top-rate ingredients (think juicy grilled chicken thighs) with a great avocado salsa. Add guac and sour cream extra and it's a combination to die for.

Dark horse choice is Matamoros in Sunset Park, which is about the only naked (non-foil-wrapped) burrito I am proud to eat. They burrito Al-Pastor is a moist, meaty masterpiece that dares you to finish it in one sitting. Absolutely delicious.

Terrycart
Terrycart

Looks great,  anyway, it deserves to have a try.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray

You guys haven't tried the Boyle Heights Burrito at Florencia 13 (Sullivan off of Bleeker)?? It's unbelievable and the rest of the menu might be the best overal Mexican food menu in the city! :)

Justb
Justb

what about benny's

kerning
kerning

If only someone in NYC would put some damn french fries inside of a carne asada burrito. Is that so much to ask?

agliopiccante
agliopiccante

Dos Toros is a Gordo's simulacrum, due to owner's fandom of that local Bay Area mini chain. Gordo's is great, but Dos Toros may have bettered their guacamole...Gordo's mixes sour cream in theirs.

newyorkstreetfood
newyorkstreetfood

Haven't tried Florencia 13's burrito, but really like the place.

I'm a street food guy, and Calexico Carne Asada's burrito is killer too.

Wishme
Wishme

as a native Los Angelean, Florencia 13 is my go-to. In Manhattan at least.  Looks like I'm going to have to hit up Lupe's for some chile colorado though!

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

You're the second person in one week to recommend that place, thanks.

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