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New Top Taco on the Upper East Side

Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 4, 2007 07:21 AM

In the old Soup Burg space at 1150 Lexington (79/80), the Burger One is now serving unbelievable tacos and tortas. Yesterday, there was a placard out front to announce the offerings, so I stopped by. I've eaten their burgers, grilled cheese and other diner staples with some pleasure and little expense in the past, but it's always frustrated me that an entirely Hispanic staff , as it is at so many lunch counters, didn't get to put a bit of home onto the griddle. Now they are, and it seems to be a roaring success with a broad economic and cultural swath of the UES, from laborers to old ladies to me. Let's be clear, the cecina, carnitas, beef and chicken tacos and tortas aren't in the Sunnyside/Woodside league, but given the desert-like conditions for cheap quick relatively authentic and undeniably tasty Mexican on the UES, this is a find. Oh, they also have a selection of Jarritos sodas, including Tamarind.

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    Fat and Happy Food Slut RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 4, 2007 08:40 AM

    They'll also spice up your chicken soup to go with jalapenos upon request. I saw/heard a couple guys doing just that today. Tomorrow I'm going to test out the tortas.

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      Eddie H. RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 4, 2007 06:40 PM

      Thanks for the report. Always nice to hear about some good ethnic food in the neighborhood! What are the prices like?


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        Fat and Happy Food Slut RE: Eddie H. Dec 5, 2007 06:08 AM

        $2.45 a taco, including tax. Chicken, chorizo, beef and carnitas (pork) are all the same price and are all best as griddle to gullet counter fare, i.e., "para aca" not "para llevar." Not a huge bargain pricewise, but they each come with a meal's worth of meat. Two will leave you full, one will definitely spoil dinner--had a chicken taco on the way home last night and could barely down the family meal two hours later. Haven't checked torta prices yet.

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        urbanp RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 9, 2007 06:23 PM

        Do they deliver? If so, do you have their number?

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          Fat and Happy Food Slut RE: urbanp Dec 12, 2007 03:44 PM

          (212) 737-0095 is the most recent number I have. They definitely take orders by phone for pickup. I'm not sure about delivery.

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            Fat and Happy Food Slut RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 13, 2007 07:30 AM

            Mexican cokes also available in glass bottles. So much better than the corn syrup sweetened domestic swill.

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              LeahBaila RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 13, 2007 08:21 AM

              Damn...that place smells absolutely amazing the times I've passed by. Must try it next time I'm in the hood. Nothing better than a real taco and Mexican pop!

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          Foodboy RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Dec 13, 2007 11:05 AM

          F&HFS: I want to thank you for your post. I had lunch there today and the tacos were quite good. I had one chicken and one beef -- both were made fresh and the quality was there. I also liked their green salsa (I asked for more) -- nice and spicy. The owner told me to be careful because it was "hot," but I just smiled and poured it on. I'll be back whenever I'm in the neighborhood. The burgers looked good too, by the way.

          1. bigjeff RE: Fat and Happy Food Slut Sep 30, 2010 07:35 PM

            how it be? anyone have the tortas here?

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