Food & Drink

The Best Burritos in NYC

Published On 09/15/2015 Published On 09/15/2015
Lee Frank/Thrillist
Taqueria Tlaxcalli
Calexico NYC
Dos Toros
Korilla BBQ
Lee Frank/Thrillist
Lee Frank/Thrillist
Lee Frank/Thrillist
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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.