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Burrito Poblano in Tuckahoe | Mini review

juweee Apr 20, 2008 10:44 AM

Went for the first time last night. I am so glad it's in my little village!

We ate at the bar. I had the chorizo burrito and hub had two tacos: pulled pork and spicy pork. the food was good and fresh. The cerveza was icy cold. The salsa and guacamole were both delicious. It's a small joint, and the atmosphere was spot on (aside from adult contemporary american music). The place is colorful and festive. If they had a tv behond the counter, I could stay there for hours watching soccer.

They serve beer and sangria, but no tequila or other hard liquor. They also don't have a dessert menu (not big enough to have people hold tables I was told). We spoke for a while with the owner Gilberto who was so friendly and lovely.

The tab came up to $33, including 3 beers. We'll be back for sure.

  1. JMF Apr 21, 2008 05:46 AM

    Hopefully your report is accurate, are you familiar with real, authentic, Mexican food? As far as I noticed the food there since they opened has been a pretty gringoized version of an authentic Mexican tacqueria. After tasting authentic versions in Queens (and even in New Rochelle) I just couldn't eat there anymore. I haven't been there in almost a year because I was so disappointed with the food. Spicing was off, overcooked and leathery meats and poultry, sauces and salsa were bland and used unripe vegetables.

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      juweee Apr 22, 2008 04:22 PM

      I would not dare to say (nor do I think that I did) that I am an expert in authentic Mexican food, but this is was fresh and tasty, cheap, with a lovely ambiance, right here in my little village. Sounds perfect to me ;)

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        roxlet Apr 22, 2008 06:51 PM

        My son and I ate here tonight and the tacos were extremely credible. They were fresh, tasty and extremely reasonably priced. They were doing a very brisk business. It's a quick Mexican hit minutes from home.

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          JMF Apr 22, 2008 07:57 PM

          Interesting that the place seems to have turned around so suddenly from severe mediocrity.

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            jhopp217 Apr 23, 2008 07:03 AM

            It is a love it or hate it place. The food comes at you like a machine gun, and it always seems to be fresh and flavorful. One might not like the burritos they use (tend to be heavy) but they put so much stuff into a burrito, you need something to hold that baby together. I've had burritos at many other places, and I honestly, can't say I've had better.

            I don't know what is considered authentic, as I've never been to Mexico

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          JMF Apr 22, 2008 08:00 PM

          Are we talking about the same place? Lovely ambiance? It's less than a dismal diner. Actually I think it used to be a dismal diner. I will be back in the area next week and check it out.

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            juweee Apr 22, 2008 08:31 PM

            Are we talking about the same place? They just re-opened a couple of weeks ago.

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              JMF Apr 22, 2008 08:51 PM

              Re-opened? I was past there a month or two ago and they seemed to be open and the same as before. One to two store fronts down from the corner on Main St at the top of the hill, across from where the fake ice cream place/car hop from the movie "riding in cars with boys"?

              And the place I am talking about had a TV always playing soccer or latino soaps, real loud.

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                jhopp217 Apr 23, 2008 07:01 AM

                No way! The iornic thing was that there was never spanish music blasting. It was always very low and played pop songs. Almost funny, how it didn't fit with the decor or the food being served.. True it did always have a TV behind the bar.

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                  juweee Apr 23, 2008 05:53 PM

                  I did not notice the TV (I went for dinner, and it was definitely not on). Even a better reason to go there to catch up on the game :)

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                  juweee Apr 23, 2008 05:52 PM

                  This place burnt down last year, and just opened again 3 weeks ago.

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                    streamwise Apr 23, 2008 06:13 PM

                    No, it definitely was closed up until a couple of weeks ago.

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                      pabboy Apr 24, 2008 09:21 AM

                      JMF, you are as perplexed as I am and I used to live in Tuckahoe. I've been to the place you descibed so I guess I'll need to stop by to find out for myself.

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                        JMF Apr 24, 2008 12:51 PM

                        I know, I used to live near there until last may and drove past there all the time. Still do every few weeks when I am in town.

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                        rolise Apr 24, 2008 01:35 PM

                        There was a fire and they have been closed until 3 weeks ago so not open one or two months ago.

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                          JMF Apr 24, 2008 04:42 PM

                          You managed to repeat exactly what several others have already said. I guess I must have driven by right before or after they reopened. I'm really curious to check them out again. When they first opened they were pretty good and then rapidly slipped. So if they are as good as folks say that would be nice. I will check them out soon.

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                varsitysg Apr 22, 2008 08:34 PM

                I've driven by this place so many times and never noticed it until I read about it here. So, I went over today and picked up some takeout burritos for myself and a couple of co-workers for lunch. All three of us were happy with our meal. The burritos had plenty of meat and the ingredients seemed quite fresh. It will become my local choice for Mexican. BTW, there was a tv behind the counter when I was in there today.

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                  raider Apr 24, 2008 06:11 AM

                  address?

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                    varsitysg Apr 24, 2008 08:49 PM

                    85 Main St in Tuckahoe.

                  2. JMF May 2, 2008 11:46 AM

                    Went a few days ago and I thought that the Mexican style tacos were very good. I had the cecina (aged beef) and the al pastor (spicy pork) which were very good. The lengua (tongue) which was excellent and the chicken enchiladas mole poblano which was mediocre.

                    Went with a friend again and he had a burrito which was big but bland and boring. I had more tacos, the chorizo and the carnitas which were good but not great, and the chicken which was boring. Also the steak ranchero which was mediocre.

                    Go to this place for the tacos, but everything else seems to be Americanized and bland/boring. Not very good or authentic at all except for the tacos.

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                      pabboy May 2, 2008 02:27 PM

                      Thanks for the heads up.

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                        jhopp217 May 2, 2008 11:22 PM

                        I've been there recently and you ate enough for ten people. Yet you say you didn't like the food. With all those dishes how do you distinguish tastes?

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                          JMF May 3, 2008 05:06 PM

                          Didn't eat it all there, took most home, went with several people, went several times, and I do this for a living.

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                            Bipster1 Sep 5, 2010 04:55 PM

                            Are you kidding????? This place has delicious food. Best Mexican in Westchester. JMF what do you consider good mexcian. Do tell if you know a better restaurant in the area. This is by far the best I have come across.

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                              JMF Sep 5, 2010 05:14 PM

                              When they first opened they were ok, then dropped in quality. What I said back in 2008 was spot on. I moved back to town almost a year ago and they are ok. Not the best Mexican in Westchester by any means. But a decent place that I have been to several times in the past three months. They don't make their own mole, that is obviously a mediocre pre-made brand, which is too bad. But they do a good job for what they are, but I stand behind what I said 2 years ago. They have some things they are good at, and a lot of Americanized stuff that is mediocre. I go to Queens for authentic Mexican.

                              One of the best Mexican places in Westchester was a Mexican deli on Kimball Ave in Yonkers at Mile Square Rd, but they went out of business.

                              The places on Main Street in Neuva Rochelle are very good, almost as good as in Queens.

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                                jhopp217 Sep 21, 2010 09:54 AM

                                Do you know for a fact that they use a pre-made brand of mole? They told you this? I've been there countless times and while waiting at the counter and at the tables talked to the staff numerous times. I've told them about some of the criticism (but mostly of the praise) and they assured me that every single item they make is from fresh ingredients. Do they cook the chicken, beef, chorizo beforehand to have it ready? Yes, and that is why I stay away from the chicken (tends to dry out), but what I love about the place is the food is never exactly the same way twice, which tells me it's 100% authentic. I've had the chicken with mole poblano on three different occasions and I felt it was different every time. Same as the chile relleno. I usually stay with the burrito (because I love it), but everything I've had there is fresh and tasty.

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                                  jcmods Oct 15, 2010 11:45 AM

                                  Funny I was finally ready to try the place on Kimball avenue only to find a big awning for a recently defunct "Johnny's Deli". so I guess two things in that space went out of business in the last year. Because I was denied I went to Burrito Poblano the next day. I had the spicy Pork Tacos and a side of Beans and Rice. Overall I would say the food there was pretty good even if I was not blown away. At least with the tacos they give you a choice of Soft Tacos with onion cilantro or the more americanized cheese, lettuce and tomato. And as another poster said, the atmosphere was spot on. Therefore I could see taking friends there. I am now kinda pissed I never got to try Guilianas on Kimball That location seems to be a death spot. When it was the Indian Curry Spot the decor was awful and it looked dirty (which probably kept people away). The next thing to go in there should really make more of an effort to at least look homey and inviting.

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                                  Burrito Poblano
                                  85 Main St, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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                                    roxlet Oct 15, 2010 01:47 PM

                                    Those spicy pork tacos are my son's current obsession and after school snack of choice. I think they're pretty darn good too.

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                            budinado Sep 7, 2010 12:23 PM

                            Went for lunch today and had a grilled chicken burrito. How can people say this restaurant is authentic? Burrito was filled throughout with yellow american cheese. The chicken was tasteless. Left more than half on my plate. Also, the prices in-store were quite a bit higher that the online menu. No bargain here. In fact, I won´t be back.

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                              budinado Sep 21, 2010 01:53 PM

                              "Big, bland and boring" is a perfect description of the food here. I would add one more adjective....overpriced! For those uncertain about whether the food is authentic, check out the El Charrito truck off exit 6 in Stamford. The food there is absolutely fantastic in every way. In fact, I found the food at this truck to best anything I sampled in my three month tour of Mexico last year.

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                                jhopp217 Sep 21, 2010 05:52 PM

                                Please explain the overpriced to me? $8 for a burrito that most people I know can't finish. Tacos (I believe they are about $4.50) that are overflowing with fillings (and not just lettuce and tomato like most places). Quesadillas that have more cheese than anywhere I've been. I think you have an axe to grind or own the El Charrito truck, haha. Someone else also mentioned the "American Cheese" inside. I believe it's a combo of cheddar and monterey jack, definitely not American Cheese..
                                What have you had that you deemed bland? Most dishes come with the red and green sauces that are delicious if you feel your food needs som added kick or flavor. In most places I've been in Westchester, you're charged for these or your only option is some bottle of hot sauce.

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                                  budinado Sep 23, 2010 04:04 AM

                                  Just order a "burrito azteca" and soft drink at the El Charrito truck and compare taste and price with a burrito and drink at Burrito Poblano. You will have a food revelation.

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                                  Burrito Poblano
                                  85 Main St, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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                                    jhopp217 Sep 24, 2010 08:27 AM

                                    I'll definitely give it a shot...when is the truck there from and what days?

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                                      roxlet Sep 24, 2010 02:12 PM

                                      It is in Stamford, CT, definitely delicious, but definitely out of the way for those of us in Southern Westchester. We used to have to be in Stamford regularly, and stopping at the El Charito truck was how we rewarded ourselves. That being said, I rarely get up there these days, and last week I had a delicious and very credible spicy pork taco for about $3 from El Burrito Poblano.

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                                      Burrito Poblano
                                      85 Main St, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                            2. roxlet Nov 14, 2010 03:55 AM

                              We went to Burrito Poblano last night for an impromptu surprise birthday party for my son -- 7 boys and two adults at two tables. It was great, and the owner really helped to accommodate us even though it was prime time on a Saturday night and the joint was jumping. My husband and I sat at a separate table, and the boys all sat together and had a great time. Who knows what they ate, but they ate a lot since they're giant 15 year-olds. My husband and I both had spicy pork quesadillas that came with guacamole. They were really delicious and had a very nice kick. The bill for 9 came to $160 including a couple of beers at our table. I love that place.

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                              Burrito Poblano
                              85 Main St, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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                                jhopp217 Jul 11, 2012 12:31 AM

                                Still one of my faves. Sat at the counter today. Within seconds, chips and salsa. Fresh, crispy with great peppery kick. Chips were nice and crisp. My burrito...12 inches long and about 5 around, stuffed with chorizo, rice, cheese and the slightest bit of lettuce. Great spicy sauces and ice cold sour cream on the side. Truly my favorite. Some might think $10 is pricey for a burrito, but it's literally two meals for most. Not to mention you basically get a free appetizer with the complimentary chips and salsa.

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                                  varsitysg Jul 14, 2012 12:34 PM

                                  Came across this thread earlier today and it inspired me to get back to BP. It had been a couple of years since I had eaten there and I had always enjoyed the food.

                                  Chips and and tasty fresh salsa were provided immediately and the enormous steak burrito was as good as I remembered. Will place them back on my regular rotation.

                                  1. roxlet Jul 16, 2012 01:56 PM

                                    I stopped off for some spicy pork tacos. Interestingly, the guy who took my order asked me whether I wanted them American style (with cheese and lettuce, he explained) or Mexican style. Of course, I chose the Mexican style which is served with cilantro and onion. They were delicious. We always enjoy the food from EL Burrito Poblano.

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