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Dec 4, 2007 07:21 AM

New Top Taco on the Upper East Side

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: Eddie H.

        $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.

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

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        1. re: urbanp

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

          1. re: Fat and Happy Food Slut

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

            1. re: Fat and Happy Food Slut

              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!

        2. 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. how it be? anyone have the tortas here?