Food & Drink

The Best Burritos in NYC

Published On 09/15/2015 Published On 09/15/2015

You know where to find NYC's best tacos, best nachos, and best Mexican food, period, which leaves one final frontier that needs Captain Kirk-ing: burritos. Set your phasers to food coma and make your way to one of these, the 10 best burritos New York City has to offer.

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Norteño burrito

Taqueria El Fogon (address and info)
This is a two-for-one deal. Within the Norteño burrito comes chorizo and carne asada -- two meats that could stand on their own, but come together here like Batman and Robin, if Robin were actually cool. There's a 50/50 chance Ratatouille will be on the TVs in Spanish, and a 100% chance you'll need a fork and knife to make your way through this plated burrito jammed with spicy and salty chorizo and tender steak.

Burrito al pastor

Taqueria Diana (address and info)
East Village
Also a fixture on our best nacho list, Taqueria Diana’s owner Matt La Rue spent a decade in San Francisco restaurants perfecting his burrito game before taking his talents back to NYC. The burritos (much like TD's nachos) are huge and good to the last drop, but unlike the nachos, you won’t want to share it.

Taqueria Tlaxcalli

Chorizo burrito

Taqueria Tlaxcalli (address and info)
This burrito house is so legitimate it has the word "Tlaxcalli" -- tortilla in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs -- in its name. Just don't try to commute with its fork-and-knife-required tortilla bomb (or really try to commute with any foods in general) -- it's covered in a drizzle of black bean sauce, avocado sauce, chipotle salsa, and crema that work even better together as they do on their own.

Calexico NYC

Pollo asado burrito

Calexico (address and info)
Multiple locations
Two words: Crack Sauce. Five more words: put it on your burrito. Whether it's from one of Calexico's trucks or newer locations, the burrito here would be worth writing home about if that was something people still did. Freshly grilled steak, or chicken in this case, is added to rice and beans with Calexico’s own avocado sauce, which is oh-so-deliciously next level-ified when you cover it in Crack Sauce.

Dos Toros

Carne asada burrito

Dos Toros (address and info)
Multiple locations
They start by melting cheese directly onto freshly made tortillas by Tortilleria Nixtamal in Queens that are delivered every morning. And where they go from there is kind of secondary. Inspired by the burritos of SF, this place loves burritos so much, its napkins feature eating guidance: "Unwrap and enjoy."

Korilla BBQ

Burrito with spicy kBBQ pork

Korilla (address and info)
East Village
Long a truck and now a fixture of the East Village, Korilla has found a new, more Korean-y way to spice up a burrito: kimchi, bacon kimchi fried rice, and Korean-influenced meats, which lead to a burrito you won’t stop eating no matter how hard you try.

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Tinga burrito

Taqueria Tepango (address and info)
Taqueria Tepango serves a short and very stout burrito with chicken tinga that draws you in and keeps you there with chipotle spice and salt and cheese melted atop the uniquely shaped tortilla.

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Fried chicken burrito

Mission Cantina (address and info)
Lower East Side
Inspired by San Francisco and delivered by a San Franciscan (pound sign legitness!), these riceless burritos pack alllllll the flavors in (tender fried chicken, avocado, AND guacamole, plus a strong base of pinto beans).

Chicken mole burrito

Downtown Bakery (address and info)
East Village
Don’t let the name fool you: though once a Mexican bakery, Downtown Bakery is now mainly pumping out delicious, wallet-friendly burritos. Featuring mole poblano-marinated chicken, they're a can’t-miss both for devouring by hand or by fork when covered in your salsa verde, roja, or both if you’re feeling saucy.

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Burrito al pastor

Chinantla (address and info)
In the back of a Mexican bodega -- with walls decorated with Mexican cowboys and both Mexican rap and a TV on -- you'll find Chinantla’s burrito. Its tortilla is adorned with a swizzle of crema and sprinkling of queso blanco and wraps around juicy pork with little chunks of pineapple. Bonus: each burrito comes with a side salad and salsa verde.

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1. Taqueria Diana 129 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (Manhattan)

The East Village location of this cheap Mexican food mecca is a bit of a misnomer: sure there are carne asada, al pastor, and pollo tacos, but the non-taco items are the true lure. Opened by Californians, Taqueria Diana makes a fat, guac-loaded burrito and show-stealing nachos, the latter of which are served in a foil pan instead of on a flimsy paper plate. The huge portion has 50 or so tortilla chips and a heap of white queso, beans, and hot poblanos -- but don't be afraid to add a giant dollop of guacamole and crema. You can load them with tender carnitas (you can actually see the pork spinning on a spit roaster when you walk in), but the cheese tastes great on its own.

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2. Taqueria El Fogon 1050 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

You won'y be able to get enough of their burritos, jammed with two different kinds of delicious meats.

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3. Calexico 645 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

From cart, to restaurant, to total taco domination, Calexico has been storming NYC with west coast style burritos and tacos since 2007.

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4. Korilla 23 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The hit Korean food truck is finally a brick-and-mortar that's painted up in tiger stripes, so you don’t have to chase down their vehicle to get your hands on Korean tacos filed with pork belly, steak, and kimchi bacon fried rice.

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5. Dos Toros 465 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown)

Dos Toros is the project of two brothers from California who were sorely disappointed by the lack of true West Coast burritos in NYC. Rather than fly all the way home and give up on their NY life, the pair decided to address the problem directly by opening up a number of DT shops, all serving massive, filling burritos that feature handmade tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and your choice of meat. In case you aren't looking to go into calorific shock, go relatively lighter with one of their tacos or quesadillas. And wash it down with a cold Corona, because no burrito joint is complete without a liquor license. This huge, 2,300sqft location delivers all the same eats fans have come to love and expect from Dos Toros.

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6. Taqueria Tepango 568 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

We can't decide what makes their burritos more unique, their size or their out-of-this-world taste.

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7. Mission Cantina 172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Danny Bowien may be best known for his creative eats at Mission Chinese, but similar culinary aptitude is found at his Mexican outpost, Mission Cantina. The cooking is playful, clever, and often includes Asian touches. The vegetarian options are as good as the braised meats, and no matter what you order, be sure the tortillas make it to your table. The unforgettably golden, hot corn rounds are durable enough to support whatever you pile on top. If the food isn't enough of a pull, Mission Cantina's fiesta-forward atmosphere surely is, but the most entertaining part might be watching the chefs crank out tacos in the partially open kitchen.

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8. Downtown Bakery 69 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Their name may be misleading, but one bite of their delicious Mexican cuisine will have you wishing that all bakeries served burritos.

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9. Chinantla 657 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

You'll find this little slice of burrito heaven tucked behind a Mexican bodega.

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10. Taqueria Tlaxcalli 2103 Starling Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462

This Mexican joint in the Bronx is completely no-fuss, from the playful wall art and open kitchen to the menu of authentic Mexican food. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can count on your favorites being included on the menu, from tacos and burritos to enchiladas.