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Looking for a decent burrito in NY. ANyone have any suggestions.

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al4134 Feb 28, 2007 09:05 PM

New to the city and am surprised that I haven't yest found anything decent. Was wondering if I was just missing soemthing?

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    besmircher Feb 28, 2007 09:47 PM

    I like cosmic cantina on 3rd ave in east village.

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      besmircher Mar 2, 2007 12:10 PM

      ok i hit up cosmic cantina last night and I have to withdraw my comment. the place seems to have changed. i remember a burrito bursting with fresh organic ingredients. my burrito last night was a wimpy burritoville imitation. they did make my burrito in a corn tortilla though as requested. anyway, cosmic cantina has gone downhill. i'm on the hunt for a decent burrito now too...

    2. waxyjax Mar 1, 2007 03:39 AM

      hey al4134,
      it's the million dollar question from anyone that comes from a border state or chicago...i've lived here for 9 years and haven't found anything as great as the burritos i grew up with in the bay area. there have been many discussions about this on the board so i won't rant about it here.

      as a result, my standards have lowered and when i'm in manhattan, i've found myself moderately satisfied with Burritoville, which can actually roll a burrito the right way--however, like many new york joints they don't use mexican (tomato) rice.

      if you find yourself in williamsburg, check out loco burrito. there are 3 locations now and i make it a point to eat there when i'm in the neighborhood. they're the closest thing i've had to a real burrito--plus they use mexican rice!

      they also have real mexicans making food--not sure if you noticed, but many places are owned by chinese restauranteurs, which is kinda funny.

      here's a link to a review by FreeWilliamsburg--ironically, it received many bad reviews except by users originally from states that know good mexican food. http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/resta...

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        Katherine H Mar 1, 2007 03:46 AM

        I like Downtown Bakery on 1st Avenue. I'm also a big fan of the Calexico cart that parks on Wooster in Soho on weekdays, but I haven't seen them in a while - maybe they've closed for the winter? I hope they come back.

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          surly Mar 13, 2007 03:00 PM

          yes, the calexico cart has decent burritos by nyc standards. northeast corner of wooster and prince streets, from about 11am until 3pm or so. weekdays only.

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          shechow Mar 1, 2007 03:51 AM

          In my opinion, the one and only worthy burrito in this city is Cosmic Cantina on 3rd ave between 13th and 14th. burritoville, benny's, harry's, do not compare.

          1. waxyjax Mar 1, 2007 04:03 AM

            i've only had horrible, over-priced experiences at Cosmic Cantina...though perhaps it was just bad luck. yes, please do avoid benny's and harry's. both are nasty and will make you want to move back home.

            pleae note, if you eat burritoville so soon after moving here, you'll hate it, too. but give it a year when your standards (and hopes) and gone down the drain.

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              wingman Mar 1, 2007 05:46 AM

              I agree the best I've found is at Downtown Bakery - the carne asada burrito is good/ exceptional by NY standards. El Maguey a La Tuna on Houston also has decent burritos, but their chile rellenos is very good.

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                Pan Mar 2, 2007 10:39 PM

                Downtown Bakery is a nice, honest neighborhood place, but their burritos are way inferior to anything I can have in most of California.

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                jenspeed Mar 1, 2007 07:39 AM

                taco chulo in williamsburgh has some very tasty burritos.

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                  winebitch Mar 1, 2007 12:26 PM

                  i grew up in new mexico....i'm still looking for good mexican/new mexican in the city that has amazing options in every kind of cuisine!

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                    danaherd3 Mar 1, 2007 12:33 PM

                    There's Kitchen/Market in Chelsea.... at least I think that's the place. I don't think they have sit down service, but their burritos are decent... just a bit pricey.

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                      DavyTheFatBoy Mar 1, 2007 04:28 PM

                      Kitchen Market is my favorite...I particularly like the green chile (new mexico style? no meat) and the nopales. But they have the usual meat and chicken choices as well. These are some of the tastiest burritos in New York. They also sell a variety of Mexican ingredients (and some New Mexico chiles as well). It's a take out place, no seating.

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                        ny.frenchfry Mar 2, 2007 12:35 PM

                        I'm sorry to hear about Cosmic Cantina going downhill. I've had tacos there before which i enjoyed. I grew up in SF where the burritos definitely set a standard and often try to find a restaurant that matches simplicity and price and fresh ingredients. I really like the Big Enchilada on 28 e. 12th Street/university. It's cheap, bare bones and the stewed chicken tacos are fab.Guacamole is not recommended here. And the salsa is not the greatest. This is very good fast food. If you want to sit down, La Palapa West is wonderful. I order the appetizer tacos and it's very satisfying. Each ingredient is wonderful. And it's cheap as long as you don't order the dinner version. I'm interested in hearing about authentic Mexican restaurants and not overpriced ones like Rosa Mexicana.

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                          gangly handful Mar 2, 2007 12:41 PM

                          Tulcingo del Valle on 10th Ave btw 46th and 47th has delicious tacos and tortas. I have seen, but never ordered, burritos on the menu. I imagine they would be made with the same meats and loving cooking technique as their other items. There is a more traditional deli side with a case and limited seating and a (slightly) more formal extension next door with table service. Same menu. Give it a shot.

                          There are other Mexican restaurants in the area. The other most often written about it Tehuitzingo.

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                            twiggles Mar 13, 2007 02:37 PM

                            i don't eat many burritos so i'm not sure how it compares, but we sometimes order from La Paloma on 45th between 8th and 9th. i find their burritos to be big and tasty, but i have no idea how authentic they are.

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                          ny.frenchfry Mar 2, 2007 12:38 PM

                          forgot to list address for La Palapa West, 359 Sixth Ave in the west village.
                          Don't remember the cross street. BTW it can get loud with "office" people doing shots and going nuts, so sit in the front or at the bar.

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                            CNYCFoodM Mar 2, 2007 06:53 PM

                            La Palapa is awful. The margaritas are great - BUT all of the food I have had there lacks taste and is totally overpriced! I've had the tacos and they are always dry and lacking flavor. I would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good Mexican food.

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                              chloe.speaks Mar 3, 2007 02:26 PM

                              Well, I think La Taqueria on 7th Avenue (2 blocks from Union - Garfield?) in Park Slope Brooklyn is decent. Very reminescent of San Francisco/Californian style (not the best from Cali, just a middle of the road Cali-type burrito).

                              In Chelsea, sometimes I will hit up Kitchen Market (though I haven't been for at least a year); good gourmet type burritoes, but very small and pricey. Close to this is a place on Greenwich Ave. on the south side btwn 7th and 8th Avenue that has good Mexican, though not necessarily burritoes - it's a sitdown type tacqueria.

                              Sometimes I will go to Uncle Moe's (14 W 19th St | Btwn 5th & 6th Ave) for a passable burrito or soft shell taco. I avoid Burritoville and Benny's.

                              I still miss El Farolito's in the Mission SF....

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                                ratatosk Mar 3, 2007 04:19 PM

                                I realize that this is in the Manhattan board, so my answer may be a little off topic. But the inexplicable deficiency of the city's low-end Mexican food is like a bizarre Achilles heel of the NYC food scene. My friends and I have searched and searched. My grandparents lived here for 10 years without finding anything passable. So, I offer these suggestions as possible last-ditch solutions. I haven't been there myself yet, but they are the next steps in my thus-far fruitless search for good Mexican food, and specifically a good burrito, in this city.

                                Tacos La Hacienda, and their tortilla supplier, Los Tortilleria Mexicana, seem promising. I'm not sure if burritos are even on the menu there, but they seem to have everything you'd need for a good burrito - if I go there and they don't offer burritos, I may ask if they'll make me one anyway. These places are just off the L, in Bushwick (I think the DeKalb and Jefferson stops, respectively)

                                The other promising possibility, which will have to wait a few months, is the culinary shanty-town that sets up outside the Red Hook Ball Fields. I don't know if they have burritos per se - the huaraches get all the press - but I feel that it's worth looking into. And, worst case scenario, you end up with some delicious huaraches.

                                1. financialdistrictresident Mar 3, 2007 04:59 PM

                                  It's tough to find in NYC. Nothing like you can get out West. I always had the best Mexican food in San Diego. I can tolerate Burritoville and Benny's Burritos. Rosa Mexicano is upscale (overpriced, not a good value). I look forward to trying the places in the earlier posts.

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                                    nyc123 Mar 3, 2007 05:46 PM

                                    Ixocan has pretty good burritos. Has anyone tried the burritos at Pia Mayo?

                                    1. thesu Mar 3, 2007 08:19 PM

                                      It's not authentic, but I could eat Burritoville forever.

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                                        badfishckl Mar 3, 2007 08:45 PM

                                        @nyc123
                                        I've had Pio Maya before, and it's not good. It's not bad per se, but if you're from California then you'll be sorely disappointed. Can't find anything in NY that compares to San Diego. I mean come on, is a carne asada burrito really that hard to make?

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                                          genghis Mar 13, 2007 02:34 PM

                                          Avoid places with "burrito" in the name. The best burritos in New York are at the mom-and-pop joints. My favorite in the east village is Paquitos on 1st. Ave and 9th St. It ain't the Mission, but it beats the hell out of Benny's. Festival Mexicano on the LES is good too.

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                                            emcarm Mar 13, 2007 03:38 PM

                                            I second Paquito's. My husband and I love it, and get takeout from there about once a week. I think he'd eat there every day if he could. The one on 1st Avenue has a restaurant next door with a lovely back garden. There are a few other locations, all on the East Side as far as I can tell. My favorite is the Acapulco burrito, with black beans.

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                                            aurora50 Mar 13, 2007 02:53 PM

                                            My brother has been living in New Jersey for 10 years now, and he sorely misses Mexican food. If you just can't stand it, try what he does. Mom will occasionally send him a "care package" of fresh tortillas, tamales, red/green chile sauce, canned beans, etc. He also makes his own enchiladas and burritos at home with the "sent" stuff!!

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