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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

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

BURRITO BOX (6.75)

Posted in Gringo, Midtown West by burritowizard on May 18, 2009

Burrito Box Exterior

885 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 489-6889

MENU

Measurements: 10” circumference; 6” length (larger than average)

Organic Seitan Burrito $8.55 after tax.

Pinto Bean Burrito $7.85 after tax.


Considered the best burrito in NYC by some, Burrito Box is certainly the biggest.  Veggie options abound, but I’d stick with the Pinto Bean Burrito.  Lacking in distinct character, but still better than most of what you will find in Manhattan.

Burrito Box Burrito

Value: expensive

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75