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Downtown Bakery 7.75

Posted in Breakfast Burrito, East Village by burritowizard on October 6, 2010

69 1st Ave
(between 4th St & 5th St)
New York, NY 10003

(212) 254-1757

Vegetarian Burrito $7.08 after tax; Veggie Breakfast Burrito $4.90 after tax

Authentic Central American/ Mexican hybrid, with amazing breakfast burritos.  Featuring the Best salsa in NYC (spicy hot).

Good Stuff: Amazing breakfast menu; Old school East Village feel; Best Salsa in NYC; Decent coffee

Bad Stuff: Portions are too large; NO fresh jalapenos

tomatillo (left) spicy flavorful amazing; and guajillo (right) flavorful rich medium spicy

Value: Great value, particularly in the breakfast menu.

WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.75

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BURRITOVILLE (6.5)

Posted in Chelsea, Gringo, New York by burritowizard on October 3, 2010

266 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10004
Phone# 212-675-5030

www.burritoville.com

Measurements: 7″ lenght; 9″ circumference (standard size)

Border Burrito (Brown Rice, Cheese, Beans, Pico De Gallo & Sour Cream) $8.70 after tax

Burritoville, the original Mission influenced burrito in Manhattan first opened in 1992.  At their height, they had locations in virtually every nook of the island, but now are left with only one in Chelsea.  Specialty burritos, Mexican style brown rice, and unimpressive salsas leave Burritoville at a disadvantage for competing with the coming new wave of NYC burrito makers.  The rotating daily $5 burrito menu selection makes Burritoville worth cataloging for the sake of value.

VALUE: Yes, if you take advantage of the daily $5 burrito; No if you order off the regular menu.

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5

PINCHE TAQUERIA (6.5)

Posted in Noho, Nolita, Soho by burritowizard on March 13, 2010

227 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 625-0090

333 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-9977

www.pinchetaqueria.us

Vegetarian Burrito $7.89 after tax

Measurements: 9″ circumference; 7″ length (standard size)

Fish Taco Shack themed with prime NYC prices, Pinche is one of the better places for Mexican Food in Manhattan.  Note the salsa squeeze bottle, which is the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to dispense salsa.  Their salsa is simple, straight forward and some of the best I’ve had in New York City.  The burrito is traditional, with quality ingredients.  Pinche Taqueria boasts of humble beginnings on the streets of Tijuana, which may excite some north eastern foodies.  Thankfully I noticed nothing about the food at Pinche to reminded me of T.J.

Value: New York City Prices

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5

DOS TOROS (7.75)

Posted in Union Square by burritowizard on February 27, 2010

137 Fourth Avenue

New York, NY 10003

(212) 677-7300

www.dostorosnyc.com

Basic Burrito $6.50 after tax

Measurements: 9″ circumference; 7″ (standard size)

Beans: vegetarian

Rice: chicken stock

Hours:

11am – 11pm, Monday-Saturday

12pm – 10pm, Sunday

Modeled after the Gordo Taqueria in Berkeley, CA; Dos Toros is the best California inspired burrito in NYC.  I’ve heard some compare this place to Chipotle, but there is no resemblance for the learned burritophile.  Rolled similarly to S.F. style, with a thick slice of cheese melted onto the tortilla, flavorful pico de gallo, and perfect pinto beans (also have black).  The red rice is a little too moist, and is the low point of quite possibly the best burrito on the island.  This place is making a killing.  Expect to wait a half an hour to get a burrito during peak hours.  They are the first to pull off a Bay Area style burrito in NYC.

The salsas are great for NYC.  Fresh, spicy and appropriate for their burritos.  (medium hot green serrano/ jalapeno: left; hot hot red habanero: right)

Value: Are you sure this place is in NYC???  This place must be a 501c3 non-profit.

WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.75

PAX WHOLESOME FOODS (6.75)

Posted in Flatiron, Gringo, Murray Hill by burritowizard on December 3, 2009

303 Park Avenue South

New York, NY‎ 10010

(212) 353-0862‎

www.paxfood.com

Measurements: 9″ circumference; 7″ length (standard size)

Vegetarian Burrito: $7.53 after tax

Au Bon Pain meets Whole Foods, but surprisingly one of the better burrito spots in NYC.  Subway “have it your way” assembly line style construction with three types of decent fresh salsa. Black or re-fried pinto beans, grilled tortillas, and not too pricey.  Local New York chain, not all locations have burritos, Murray Hill and Flatiron locations definitely do.

Value: Good for NYC

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75

Calexico Cart (6.25)

Posted in Soho by burritowizard on July 2, 2009

Calexico Cart

www.calexicocart.com

Measurements: 8.5″ circumference, 6.5″ length (smaller than average)

Black Bean Vegetarian Burrito $6 after tax.


For those who can remember hanging out in the suburbs and exurbs of today’s bustling epicenters, you may remember the glorious adventures to Taco Bell at 11:30pm on a school night.  That’s what Calexico Cart feels like at it’s best (although only open for lunch).  At its worst, its “bachelor kitchen” burritos should offend even the simple coffee and bagel cart vendors.  But, the price is right at Calexico, and it’s fun getting a burrito on the street amidst the Soho feeding frenzy.  Probably the best and most informative website of any burrito spot i’ve seen.  And, let’s face it, carts are “in” right now, especially taco carts.  Like Michael Jackson, they’re all over cable news, and have set the world aTwitter.  Lindbergh would be jealous of the love and attention taco carts are getting from the public and media.  Sometimes carts are good, but rarely great, especially for vegetarians.  Calexico: tastes like they use the Taco Bell sauce (from the packets) in their food.. pico de gallo con vinegar.  Still better than Chipotle.

Calexico Burrito

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.25

UNCLE MOE’S (6.5)

Posted in Flatiron, Gringo, Park Slope by burritowizard on June 26, 2009

Uncle Moe's Exterior

14 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011
(212) 727-9400

Measurements: 9″ circumference; 7″ length (standard size)

Vegetarian Burrito $7.95 after tax

All rice and beans are vegan

uncle moe’s menu

To view the menu click the above link, which will direct you to a comment screen, then click on the link one more time to load the pdf file.

Touting an East Los Angeles theme, but reflecting the whole of California, Uncle Moe’s is one of the few authentic feeling taquerias  in the NYC area.  The menu is complicated, so take a minute to look it over and feel free to ask questions.  The Vegetarian comes with guacamole, or you can order one of the other burritos and choose a filling or two.  Offering black or pinto beans and a slew of veggie fillings (some of which change seasonally) Uncle Moe’s gives you the variety you need.

Uncle Moe's Burrito

Also, one of the only places to offer a salsa bar (an L.A. staple) in the NYC area.  Some creative spicing choices that may or may not jibe with conventionalists.  The first Uncle Moe’s opened in 1991 in Park Slope, I visited their second (of 2) stores in Manhattan.  I’ve been to the Brooklyn store as well ,many, many moons ago…

Uncle Moe's Salsa Bar

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5

San Loco (6.25)

Posted in Alphabet City, East Village, Gringo, Lower East Side, Williamsburg by burritowizard on June 26, 2009

San Loco Exterior

124 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10003

(212) 260-7948

www.sanloco.com

If you’ve been drunk at a wedding danced with someone all night only to wake up the next morning shocked by what that someone’s  like in the morne, then you know what it’s like to eat at San Loco (sort of).  Open late, situated near points of inebriation, dark lighting.  Better than Chipotle and most of the national chains, San Loco is self-proclaimed Gringo Mex.  Not for the discerning Burritophile, but is a good healthy-ish late night option, with minimal regrets in the morning.

San Loco Burrito

Value: Good for NYC

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.25

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