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Aug 22, 2009 06:39 AM

Best Torta?

The best Mexican torta that I've had so far is at Nuevo Mexico on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, between 11th and 12th Streets, but I'm looking for more suggestions. I've also tried tortas at Celixico on Union Street and Oaxaca on Smith Street, both in Brooklyn, and at Pinche Taqueria on Lafayette in Manhattan, none of which impressed me.

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  1. Try Great Burrito on 23rd just off of looks like a pizzeria-- it is-- but their Mexican is way better....

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    1. re: BackyardChef

      that place is great in a pinch (can't think of any area mexicans that can beat it) but not exactly a place to go out of your way. their tortas are good tho they don't touch any Jackson Heights sandwich (torta or cemita at coatzingo). i get their tostadas sometimes too, I think 3 for $6?

    2. why would you get a torta and not a cemita? that's my question.

      I get mine at tacqueria coatzingo. its basically usurped all attendance at taco carts. whenever I stray, I always damn myself for not ogoing to TC.

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      1. re: Jeffsayyes

        right? it feels pointless in some ways to go back to the same place over and over but, it just kills. in fact, i can't even stray from the the milanesa de res; have you tried the others? a tripe would just be overkill yet . . . amazing.

        1. re: bigjeff

          i ordered a carnitas cemita (cemita carnitas? ) the other day by mistake - I didn't realize it wasn't on the menu. well, they made it anyways, so you should order it next time. Just say it with confidence!

          still havent had the milanesa de res but next time yuo can be sure I will. Cuban is pretty ridiculous. no idea what my fav is.

          I am in agreeance... I NEVER go to the same places over and over again, I am always exploring, BUT I keep going back to TC. the only other place I go to with the same frequency might be elms cafe for their dumplings and other stuff.

          1. re: bigjeff


            holy sweet jesus. This was my milanesa de res from last night. Thanks for the tremendous recommendation, BigJeff.

            1. re: Jeffsayyes

              ya that sandwich is boss. easily splitable by two; like a punch in the gut for one (if you like your gut punched with two kinds of cheeses, breaded fried steak and multiple kinds of peppers).

          2. re: Jeffsayyes

            I'm also a big fan of the cemitas at Taqueria Coatzingo, but since I've discovered Tia Julia, (first the truck, and now the restaurant) I go there for the cemitas instead. They also make great tortas, but I'm kind of with you that if you have a choice, just get the cemita. But if I'm going for carnitas, I'll usually skip Taqueria Coatzingo since there are better versions at the various carts around there, like at El Pasito, about 50 yards away.

          3. Amazing lengua (tongue) torta at Los Tres Portillos, 4th Ave & 39th Street, Sunset Park.

            1. It's a little off the beaten path, and it may not be the best (i am just getting into the torta/cemita thing), but Cholulita at 888 Broadway in Brooklyn makes a very respectable longaniza cemita and all that. It looks as good as the one at TC.

              The place is kind of funnny, though, and looks like a regular bodega with a Mexican twist.

              1. Interesting, before reading the replies to this post I didn't know what a cemita was. Having since looked up the definition, it's clear that the "tortas" I love so much from Nuevo Mexico actually are cemitas. Which explains why they are so much better than the tortas I've had elsewhere.

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                1. re: davr73

                  ha, now you have to start all over again!

                  I had the milaneza de pollo cemita at tia julia this weekend ( forgot my camera ) - It was probably the biggest I've ever seen. about 7 or 8 inches in diameter. This was excellent, but I prefer the mix of tastes in coatzingo the most so far - there are a TON of places to try along roosevelt. Cheers!