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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

BIG ENCHILADA (6)

Posted in Union Square by burritowizard on May 20, 2009

Big Enchilada Exterior

28 East 12th Street New York, NY 10003

(212) 627-7950

Veggie Burrito $4.32 after tax

This place is cheap in New York City.  That’s not common.  Reminds me of an SNL Kevin Nealon sketch from the early 1990’s.  I’ll officially refer to Kevin Nealon as Big Enchilada from now on.  Heard this place is “Los Angeles themed”.  No truth to that rumor, but they play dated Mexican Umpa music which sounds inappropriately out of place in NYC.  Very good homemade hot sauce (salsa), and totally mediocre yet reasonable food.

 

big enchilada burrito

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6