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Chipotles on 110/Broadway [moved from Manhattan board]

Well, according to the Columbia Spectator, Casbah Rouge is being replaced by a Chipotles, some kind of nationwide mexican chain. What the heck is that all about? Is it any good or is it the MacDonalds of Mexican?

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  1. It's literally the McDonald's of Mexican, since it's owned by McD. But personally, I find their food to be decent.

    1. Chipotle is a Mexican (tex-mex?) fast food chain that originated out west and entered the New York market a few years ago. Its been quite successful.

      While McDonald's did at one point own a percentage of Chipotle (not originally), I do believe that McDonald's divested itself completely of Chipotle about a year ago or so.

      But, yeah, for fast mexican(-ish) food, its pretty tasty.

      1. I just ate at Chipotle (at 20th and Sixth) for the first time tonight. The burrito was pretty tasty, especially the picadillo and cheese. The atmosphere was so-so; the ordering was Subway/Boston Market-style assembly-line, and there was a bottleneck at the cashier. The dining area was set up for eat-and-run with only a few booths and a lot of counter space with stools.

        It's pretty similar to Burritoville, but more corporate and not as comfortable. Also, you have to pay for your chips and salsa, and ask for free water.

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        1. re: grvsmth

          Chipotle doesn't serve a picadillo burrito, so far as I'm aware. I also think you're way off base comparing Chipotle to Burritoville, which doesn't have grilled meat and puts brown rice (feh!) on their burritos. Chipotle serves what may be the best mission-style burritos in NYC. By west coast standards, however, they are average to subpar. The problem is the tortilla is too thick, and the fillings too cold -- the cheese never melts properly.

          PS: Just FYI, the Chipotle on 6th Ave is btw 21st and 22nd.

          1. re: a_and_w

            The picadillo burrito was on the menu, and I ate it. My memory is very clear. And brown rice is great on a burrito; keeps you from getting beriberi.

        2. Good food and an even better business model imo. Do one thing (variations notwithstanding), and do it well. I would bet that Chipotle was what David Chang had in mind when he started Ssam.

          On another note, Im not really a fan of the new (newer) spicy shredded pork.

          1. They're no longer 'owned' by McD. When they were involved, it was all financial.

            As for spicy pork, their pork is the only non-spicy meat. You must be confusing it with the spicy beef.

            Gumnaam - check out www.chipotle.com

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              1. re: cheftamara

                Correct -- it's now its own publicly traded company. Ticker symbol CMG. I wrote a news piece on the company -- its earnings and sales growth have been tremendous -- and the company is especially strong in the midwest.

              2. It's NYC. Everything's expensive. Their food is fresher than the other tex-mex places. And sourced better for those into that stuff.

                1. I like Chipotle both for their food (fresh, better for you then other fast food, good quality ingredients) and for their business model. They focus on one thing, and do it well. They don't try to be more then they are. And they are really generous with donations. A Brooklyn locatione donated a burrito bar to a family event I worked on last year. Was a great hit with both parents and kids alike!

                  1. I avoided this place because it was a chain but was surprised when I finally tried it. Their food is fresh, pretty good, and they have a very good business model. For example they only use humanely raised pigs. This makes it one of the few places I will eat pork from anymore. Their guac is good too.

                    1. I guess it doesn't sound too bad. I'm not a big fan of ordering at the counter and much prefer to sit and be served, so we'll see. That makes three mexican restaurants (Nacho Mamas, Heights, and now Chipotle) in three broadway blocks. Morningside Heights will soon become the Little Mexico of New York!

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                      1. re: gumnaam

                        Don't forget the Super Tacos truck on 96th Street.

                        In fact, the west 90s has a very large Mexican population.

                        1. re: floretbroccoli

                          I know. Also, the excellent Taqueria el fondo on Amsterdam and 109. The W90s seems to have a split personality these days. Plenty of Taco joints for the Mexicans and now many ersatz Mexican places (Nacho, Heights, Mama, and now Chipotle) for the bankers moving into the new condos. It is a bit surprising though that there are three Mexican places on the six blocks of Broadway that are technically Columbia area (110 to 116). Some variety would be nice! While Casbah Rouge was a tacky place, the food was good and different.

                          (This got moved to Chains. I had meant it as a sort of rant about the Morningside Heights area! Oh well!)

                      2. If you can find a good local taqueria, go to it. If you can't, Chipotle makes a decent, affordable burrito. Roast pork is pretty moist, better than I've had in smaller locally run TexMex places. Chicken can be a little dry, not fond of the beef (a little gristly). Calorie-wise, they can be pretty daunting (mostly because of the carbs in the skin, the fat in the sour cream and cheese). If you're counting calories, you'd be better off with a bowl, hold the rice, extra beans, guac, and roast pork.