|Occupy Wall Street was in full throttle when I worked downtown—by [Clint] via Flickr|
|Half a burrito should be sufficient if you’re not starving,|
Try one of their three locations:
76 Nassau Street
11 Park Place
- Big enough to last for two meals
- $9 or less
- Wrapped in foil
- Stuffed with a perfect ratio of beans,
rice, cheese, and (if you like) meat
- Delicious during the first eating
- Even better the second time around
|A burrito should always be wrapped in foil.|
If a burrito doesn’t have all of the above, then it’s not my idea of a great burrito.
following New York restaurants to my friends and coworkers, I emphasize fresh
ingredients, flavor variety, and the option to go spicy or mild. In these Manhattan and Brooklyn spots, you won’t ever have to worry about your
burrito maker cutting any corners.
If you’re looking for a quick, filling burrito
with a kick, Dos Toros Taqueria has locations on the Upper East Side, in the West VIllage and near
Union Square. Their Carne Asada (grilled steak) burrito is juicy and flavorful,
and comes with beans, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Don’t forget to try some
of their spicy sauces and add a side of bright lime and ripe avocado guacamole
for $0.92. Dos Toros provides a fun and vibrant ambiance to enjoy fresh
burritos — if you can find a seat.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have Calexico
every week. It’s not my fault that one of their carts is just a short walk from
my office. Their Frijoles Negros Burrito
(Black or pinto beans, guacamole, and cotija cheese, roasted tomato salsa with chipotle, also known as “crack”
sauce). Yes, you read that correctly — “Crack Sauce.” The line is sometimes
25 minutes long, but I would honestly wait 40 if I had to. I’d love to someday
try their restaurant and taqueria
locations in Brooklyn.
Sitting inside Pinche makes me wish I lived
in Mexico, because I would not only work in a Mexican restaurant like Pinche, I
would drink there all night and pass the time eating burritos with
awesome people. With $5 margarita happy hours, colorful decorative lights, seasonal
outdoor seating, and unforgettable food, Pinche is a staple New York
destination for Mexican food. If you have not been to Pinche yet, try their
Jamon con Huevos Burrito (ham and scrambled eggs) for breakfast, or a classic burrito for your first time.
A true hole in the wall, this authentic family
owned and operated restaurant (sometimes the kids help out too) is located in
Williamsburg. Their prices are on the low side, (the burrito is the least expensive I’ve found at $6.50), but even at a few more dollars per item, I think Taco Santana would still be a go-to Mexican joint for locals. The interior is basic with a few tables and a drink
refrigerator. Afternoons here in the summertime tend to be hot and steamy. I recommend trying one of their
chorizo burritos on your first visit.
Note: there is no seafood on their menu, and you may walk right by this neighborhood gem and still get lost trying
to find it on Keap Street.