Humility is a virtue, which is important to keep in mind as you read these next six words: New York’s burritos have mostly sucked. Over the last four decades, the city’s selection of excellent taquitos and tacos placeros has blossomed — from just a handful of purveyors in the 1980s to a vibrant array of restaurants, taco trucks, and birrierias today — but for the most part, its stuffed, drenched, and French fry-filled burritos have been left out of the fold.
Only recently have Mexican-American dishes that rely on flour tortillas — breakfast tacos and burritos, to name two — been put into the spotlight, with help from a new generation of chefs who grew up making or eating them. Some of them say they moved to New York City and, looking for a taste of home but not finding it, decided to make the dishes themselves.
The five boroughs have these chefs to thank, and the longtime restaurants that precede them, for their selection of burritos, which now includes distinct styles from San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New Mexico. Below, a list of restaurants old and new that are serving standout burritos in various preparations.
Note: This is an updated map originally published in 2018.
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