Here's where we come in: Whether you're a Mexican obsessive or looking to venture out beyond Chipotle's walls, we've got a pile of burritos you won't want to miss. And, with this hand-picked, widespread selection of the city's best, we've got everyone from your adventurous brother-in-law to your vegan BFF covered. Portobello mole? You got it. Steak for breakfast? Not a problem! Even tofu sour cream and beef belly have their place among New York' finest. Feast your eyes on these delicious takes on the wrappable meal...De nada.
Honeymoon Suite Burrito at Hotel Tortuga
Vegetarians, rejoice! At Hotel Tortuga, meatless burritos aren't just a beef order, hold the meat. The veg-friendly menu is nearly endless, but the Honeymoon Suite Burrito is the one that wows us time and time again. While mole wrap-ups are rarely a vegan-friendly dish, this iteration swaps in portobello mushrooms for animal protein, bringing a ton of flavor to an otherwise produce-focused version. Pair that dark, cinnamon-infused sauce with vegan cheese and tofu sour cream, and you've got a burrito that any meat lover would be down to share. (Good thing these bad boys are huge!)
Hotel Tortuga, 246 East 14th Street (between 2nd and 3rd avenues); 212-228-1884.
Chicken Mole Burrito from Downtown Bakery
Highly regarded as one of the best in the city, Downtown Bakery specializes in real Mexican food — not the type of beans-and-rice combination you'll find just about anywhere. Its tortas are authentic, the handmade tamales don't compare, and for the purists, there are even bottles of Mexican Coke. Best part, though? The Chicken Mole Burrito, which comes wrapped up tightly with marinated mole poblano chicken, yellow rice, refried black beans, and jack cheese, and is topped with a double-dousing of rich mole sauce. It may not be what every patron visits the non-descript East Village storefront for, but it's definitely what keeps them coming back.
Downtown Bakery, 69 1st Avenue (between 4th and 5th streets); 212-254-1757.
Bulgogi Burrito from Korilla BBQ
Known for shaking up the food truck game as the first Korean Taco joint in NYC, this duo of trucks brings overseas cuisine to a portable format that allows for trying a range of authentic flavors in a totally atypical way. Korilla BBQ swaps things like kimchee and sticky rice in for the standard rice and beans, has house-made tofu and an array of organic veggies on the menu, and even offers bacon and kimchi fried rice as an option. If you've never had a taste, it's definitely worth a try, and the Bulgogi Burrito is just the place to start. Packed with Black Angus ribeye steak cooked in traditional Korean style and piled high with Korilla sauce, your choice of rice and kimchi and all the fixins, it's one of the few things in life worth waiting in line for. Track the trucks on Twitter, parse through the doodle-heavy menu, and be sure to inquire about the pickle bar!
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ETB Burrito from El Toro Blanco
As one of the most talked-about restaurants in NYC at the moment, El Toro Blanco is the place to be for everything from tacos to throwing back 100+ types of tequila, all amidst its kitschy-cute '60s decor. The restaurant is bustling at dinnertime and solid for a group brunch, but you can only get the namesake wrap-up, the ETB Burrito, on weekday afternoons. Our game plan: Tell your boss you have a tummyache and high tail it over to Greenwich Village to indulge in the mix of Mexican red rice, pinto beans, avocado, pico de gallo, crema, and Oaxaca cheese. We know, it's not the most honest method of burrito indulgence, but having to choose between chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp to pair with this lunch-only offering will be way more difficult than lying.
El Toro Blanco, 257 6th Avenue (between Bedford and Downing streets); 212-645-0193.
Steak Breakfast Burrito at Salvation Taco
We're not sure if anyone's ever officially given April Bloomfield the title "Queen of Meat," but if they haven't, we'll consider the job done. As the chef-owner of the West Village's famed gastropub, The Spotted Pig, as well as The Breslin, and John Dory Oyster Bar inside the Ace Hotel, April's proved she knows her way around a four-legged animal. (Her book's title, after all, is A Girl And Her Pig.) So, naturally, when she and partner Ken Friedman decided to foray into Mexican food with Salvation Taco, it was bound to be a delicious, meaty rendezvous. The lunch, dinner, and newly announced brunch menus at the Pod39 hotel outpost are home runs, but the only time of day you can get a Bloomfield burrito happens to be in the morning. Whether you go for the grilled, Guajillo-marinated skirt steak with scrambled eggs and tomato habanero salsa option or the vegetarian, mushroom-and-egg offering is up to you. But, with these heavy-hitters at the helm — and roasted poblano biscuits on the menu — you're bound to enjoy it regardless.
Salvation Taco at the Pod39 Hotel, 145 East 39th Street (between Lexington and 3rd avenues); 212-865-5800.
Photgraphed by Samantha Mancuso
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