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Apr 17, 2008 05:57 AM

best burrito in Queens?

so, im willing to scour the borough, whether it be a restaurants, carts or trucks...but, where can I get the BEST burrito in Queens??

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  1. De Mole in Sunnyside. The place is a gem in all respects. Also, 5 Burro Cafe on Austin St in Forest Hills is pretty good, as well. De Mole's food is much lighter, and 5 Burro, much heavier.

    1. There is a cart in Astoria on 30th avenue and 34th street. Give the Torta Al Pastor(spicy pork) a try as well.

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      1. re: Frankp1282

        Yeah, the cart in front of Rite Aid on 30th Av and 33rd St!! It's pretty good!! We have Mexican friends who go every night for Burritos. I've enjoyed everything I've eaten there...

      2. How are the burritos at La FLor in woodside?
        I've always found that Burritos on this coast (or in this city, anyway) could never match up to a good mission burrito in Frisco...and attributed this to differences freshness of produce and that most of the Mexican population here was from the non-Burrito regions, or that the Burrito I had come to know and love from trips to Frisco was in fact a Frisco invention...
        One can get some delicious tacos in Queens, at least....

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        1. re: squinchy

          Did you know that every time someone says "Frisco" the dream of a child dies? Totally true.

          Anyhow, I agree that it's probably pretty impossible to find anything that rivals an SF burrito as you and I know it. It's a quest I have paid for in dollars and tears. While I have learned to appreciate Tortas and Tacos a lot more, I think the juxtaposition factor is far too great a hurdle. Most californians I know will take Chipotle over any other burrito in these parts. And that tells you something...

          1. re: bhill

            Burritos = northwestern Mexico & California
            Most NYC Mexican food (and most NYC Mexican people) = south central Mexico. Like squinchy says, a non-burrito region.

          2. re: squinchy

            I never realized that Mexicans ate burritos. I don't think of burritos as Mexican food. There's at least some evidence that barbecue was invented in Mexico, but barbecue as I know it was elevated to an art form in places like Kansas City and Carolina (North and South). Similarly, the kind of burrito you crave reached its apogee in San Francisco. If the burrito was invented in or near Ciudad Juarez and you could get one of those original ur-burritos, you'd probably find a big taco.

            So what this means is that if you want the best burrito, you shouldn't look in an "authentic" Mexican restaurant. You should scour areas of NYC that are California-philic. Years ago 7th Av in Park Slope looked like a miniature Berkeley, and there were some pretty good burrito restaurants there.

            1. re: Brian S

              Sure they do and Sonoran style hot dogs too! Hermosillo and South Tucson are great place places to sample flour tortilla and beef based cuisine... cause that's the difference up north. BTW, in LA back in the 80's we used to laugh at SF's Mexican food and in Tucson we laughed at LA's. Don't even mention Tex Mex but New Mexico does have their own thing.

              1. re: Flaco

                If only there were a place in the city to get authentic NEW Mexican cuisine. I really need a weekend in Santa Fe to get my fix...

                1. re: biondanonima

                  Haven't been there in many years, but what about Los Dos Molinos? Can't guarantee the food, and it's not cheap but it will cost less than a jaunt to Santa Fe.



                  1. re: Brian S

                    Thanks Brian. I've seen this menu before, but the fact that they can't spell "chile" correctly gives me pause! Also, quite honestly the prices offend me a little - $22 for carnitas and $7 for a sopapilla? I realize NYC isn't Santa Fe, but authentic New Mexican cuisine is simple and inexpensive (my favorite carnitas in Santa Fe came from an "expensive" place and they cost $12, with free sopapillas). Also, just because you use NM chiles doesn't mean that EVERYTHING should be hot. Hatch green chiles are actually quite mild. The menu is also missing some Santa Fe classics, like posole. These things combined make me doubt the authenticity, but we may give it a shot someday if the cravings become intolerable!

                    1. re: biondanonima

                      sorry biondanonima, but according to merriam-webster on line, chili is actually the first spelling for the peppers themselves.

            2. re: squinchy

              as far as i know, la flor doesn't serve burritos. they serve tacos. i stopped getting them after de mole opened, as they are merely passable in comparison.

            3. thanks for the advice everyone...I'll probably try De Mole though and scour that Park Slope street and let you know how it goes

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              1. re: skooldya1

                get the chicken mole burrito at de mole. it's great. Not "mission style" or anything like that, but better then anything I've had at any of brooklyn's wanna-be san fran type places.

                1. re: Widmark

                  i kind of hate to say it, but after living in the bay area for almost 20 years and now here in nyc for long enough to have tried the burritos, my rec for a SF burrito would be the chipotle chain. yeah, i know they're owned by mcdonalds etc. but if you like the northern mexican burrito, it's the answer.

                  1. re: joekarten

                    FYI McDonalds *used* to own a controlling share in Chipotle but has since completely divested itself. In other words, they are completely seperate.

                    1. re: joekarten

                      sorry joekarten, i gotta disagree. an SF burrito has little to do with a northern mexican burrito, but is a big sock full of food usually stuffed with heretical ingredients like rice and lettuce. a northern mex burrito is likely to be on the small side (it ain't called a burrón, after all), skips the salad and would probably be made with plenty of lard throughout. if you dig the swill at chipotle, by all means, inhale away.

                      1. re: guide boy

                        guideboy, my main point wasn't that chipotle was a source of an authentic northern mexican burrito. my point was that chipotle was a place to get a burrito here in nyc that most closely resembles a san francisco "mission style" burrito. i picked up on an earlier poster's remarks that sf mission style burritos were northern mexican. if that's incorrect, sorry. but having lived in the bay area for 15 years, i can say that chipotle is the closest thing to a bay area burrito that you can find in nyc. in fact, the chipotle burrito is more bay area than the bay area burrito, so to speak. it does what the bay area burrito does, but without the lard and, generally, just as well if not better than most of the mission places in sf. i know, it kills me to dig a chain, but a chain i do dig, at least in this one isolated case.

                        1. re: joekarten

                          There's no Chipotle in Queens. I've looked. Any place that makes a burrito like Chipotle's in Queens? I like it with light fluffy rice, grilled meats, lots of lettuce and salsa and corn. some cheese.