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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

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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