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11 Restaurants Slinging Superior NYC Burritos

The five boroughs are now home to burritos filled with green chiles, French fries, and whole lot of al pastor

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The outside of B’klyn Burro, which serves San Francisco-style burritos in Clinton Hill
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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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1. G's Coffee Shop

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634 W 207th St
New York, NY 10034
(212) 942-0679
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This ancient lunch counter, once known as Tom and Gus Luncheonette, has long since added Mexican fare to its menu of soups and sandwiches. One item of particular merit is a breakfast burrito, which finds the egg cooked as a layer inside the flour tortilla, as if it were a Beijing bing, and then cubed and browned breakfast potatoes and nuggets of avocado crammed inside, making one of the best examples of the breakfast burrito genre. Needless to say, request that the hottest salsa be squirted inside.

Two halves of a burrito, wrapped in a thick flour tortilla with egg and cubes of potato and avocado
The breakfast burrito at G’s Coffee Shop
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2. Taco Mix

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234 E 116th St #1
New York, NY 10029
(212) 289-2963
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The al pastor at East Harlem’s Taco Mix is regarded by some as the city’s best, and rightly so. Shaved from the trompo to-order, the meat is crimson and crisp, most commonly eaten in tacos and gringas. But those who have never known the juicy joys of an al pastor burrito are missing out: The grease of spit-fired pork, when pooled with crema and beans at the bottom of a burrito, makes for a rich final few bites.

A man saws away at the al pastor meat cylinder Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

3. Benny's Burritos

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113 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 633-9210
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A decade or so ago there were a raft of burriterias downtown that specialized in the then-faddish mission burritos, name-checking San Francisco’s Mission District. Benny’s, a decades-old stalwart that’s outlived the fad, offers burritos with a variety of fillings, including one made with well-seasoned jerk chicken, beans, salad stuff, and scant rice.

Two halves of a torpedo-shaped burrito, filled with black beans, rice, cilantro, and what appears to be pico de gallo
The jerk chicken burrito at Benny’s Burritos
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4. The Blue Light Speak Cheesy

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158 Green St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(714) 519-6374
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There’s four-hour window each week — Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — when New Yorkers can get a taste of Andrea Chetakian’s breakfast burritos, which nod to the egg- and avocado-filled burritos found at cafes across Los Angeles. Her flour tortillas are imported from the Arizona-based Tortilla Familia and pliable enough to avoid leaking, even when stuffed with saucy chipotle aioli and lime cabbage.

5. Electric Burrito

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81 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
(646) 870-0104
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Alex Thaboua opened Electric Burrito earlier this year, bringing the french fry-filled burritos of San Diego, California to the East Village. There’s lots of burritos on the menu, but two that can’t be missed: The California burrito — filled with carne asada, pico de gallo, and french fries — is a must-order for non-believers, while the lunch burrito with egg and refried beans makes for a comforting meal any time of day.

A small, walk-up storefront with a vintage, neon sign that reads “Electric Burrito” Luke Fortney/Eater

6. Pinks Cantina LES

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203 Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 858-0186

This Lower East Side offshoot of an East Village restaurant and bar is responsible for what may be Manhattan’s only chopped cheese burrito, a deeply satisfying meal modeled after the fabled sandwich of East Harlem. The beef is chopped like that in a Philly cheese steak, but don’t expect aged provolone. Instead, there’s queso and some exquisitely caramelized onions.

Two halves of a burrito are filled with beans, rice, and cheese in a black takeout tray
Chopped cheese burrito
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7. Taqueria Diana

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367 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(929) 250-2460
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Taqueria Diana is named after its tacos, but the restaurant’s Mission-style burritos have long been a draw for West Coast expats and those in the know. Head to the Williamsburg outpost of this small New York City chain for flour tortillas packed with rice, beans, cheese, and crema. Carne asada and shrimp are available for a few dollars more, but the al pastor is an easy win.

8. Santa Ana Deli and Grocery

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171 Irving Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 628-4691
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The selection of groceries at Santa Ana Deli and Grocery has narrowed since opening in 2005, and in its place, a menu of tacos, cemitas, and burritos has continued to grow. In the latter category, there’s no better than the namesake santanero burrito, which comes sauced with crema, salsa, and cilantro in a style meant to resemble the Mexican flag. The burrito is stuffed with an impressive number of ingredients, including rice, beans, onion, mushroom, poblano pepper, guacamole, cheese, and crema, before adding meat.

A red, green, and white deli advertises various Mexican specialties on a hand-painted red sign Robert Sietsema/Eater

9. B’klyn Burro

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922 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-8776
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From this colorful taqueria Clinton Hill, owner Pepe Urquijo is serving one of the borough’s most accurate representations of a San Francisco-style burrito. The restaurant’s flakey flour tortillas come filled with pico de gallo, rice, and beans. The addition of crema, cheese, avocado — what’s sometimes referred to as “a super” in San Francisco — here is included by default. The best bet is the knockout garlic butter shrimp, but keep your eyes peeled for the sometimes-there, sometimes-not carne asada.

10. Ursula

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724 Sterling Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Ursula isn’t just a breakfast burrito spot. It’s a “green chile-fueled love letter to New Mexico,” as Eater called it shortly after opening, ripe with stuffed sopaipillas and chile rellenos from chef-owner Eric See. Still, New Yorkers continue to wait in early-morning, half-hour lines for the restaurant’s New Mexican-style burritos, made with eggs, hash browns, Hatch chiles, and — best of all — smoky chorizo or vegan pinto beans.

A burrito cut on the diagonal and placed in a turquoise plate
The chorizo breakfast burrito at Ursula
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11. El Patron

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51 Lincoln Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(917) 893-8733
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At El Patron, an antique bar and canteen a short distance from Prospect Park, burritos are blanketed in porky red gravy and glistening yellow cheese. Inside, find beefsteak and black beans, with rice to cushion the landing in your stomach. This is Mexican-American food at its most opulent, and we dare you to finish it.

A hefty burrito is served on a white paper plate with melted cheese and sauce on top
The El Patron burrito at El Patron
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1. G's Coffee Shop

634 W 207th St, New York, NY 10034
Two halves of a burrito, wrapped in a thick flour tortilla with egg and cubes of potato and avocado
The breakfast burrito at G’s Coffee Shop
Robert Sietsema/Eater

This ancient lunch counter, once known as Tom and Gus Luncheonette, has long since added Mexican fare to its menu of soups and sandwiches. One item of particular merit is a breakfast burrito, which finds the egg cooked as a layer inside the flour tortilla, as if it were a Beijing bing, and then cubed and browned breakfast potatoes and nuggets of avocado crammed inside, making one of the best examples of the breakfast burrito genre. Needless to say, request that the hottest salsa be squirted inside.

634 W 207th St
New York, NY 10034

2. Taco Mix

234 E 116th St #1, New York, NY 10029
A man saws away at the al pastor meat cylinder Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The al pastor at East Harlem’s Taco Mix is regarded by some as the city’s best, and rightly so. Shaved from the trompo to-order, the meat is crimson and crisp, most commonly eaten in tacos and gringas. But those who have never known the juicy joys of an al pastor burrito are missing out: The grease of spit-fired pork, when pooled with crema and beans at the bottom of a burrito, makes for a rich final few bites.

234 E 116th St #1
New York, NY 10029

3. Benny's Burritos

113 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
Two halves of a torpedo-shaped burrito, filled with black beans, rice, cilantro, and what appears to be pico de gallo
The jerk chicken burrito at Benny’s Burritos
Robert Sietsema/Eater

A decade or so ago there were a raft of burriterias downtown that specialized in the then-faddish mission burritos, name-checking San Francisco’s Mission District. Benny’s, a decades-old stalwart that’s outlived the fad, offers burritos with a variety of fillings, including one made with well-seasoned jerk chicken, beans, salad stuff, and scant rice.

113 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

4. The Blue Light Speak Cheesy

158 Green St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

There’s four-hour window each week — Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — when New Yorkers can get a taste of Andrea Chetakian’s breakfast burritos, which nod to the egg- and avocado-filled burritos found at cafes across Los Angeles. Her flour tortillas are imported from the Arizona-based Tortilla Familia and pliable enough to avoid leaking, even when stuffed with saucy chipotle aioli and lime cabbage.

158 Green St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

5. Electric Burrito

81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
A small, walk-up storefront with a vintage, neon sign that reads “Electric Burrito” Luke Fortney/Eater

Alex Thaboua opened Electric Burrito earlier this year, bringing the french fry-filled burritos of San Diego, California to the East Village. There’s lots of burritos on the menu, but two that can’t be missed: The California burrito — filled with carne asada, pico de gallo, and french fries — is a must-order for non-believers, while the lunch burrito with egg and refried beans makes for a comforting meal any time of day.

81 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

6. Pinks Cantina LES

203 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Two halves of a burrito are filled with beans, rice, and cheese in a black takeout tray
Chopped cheese burrito
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This Lower East Side offshoot of an East Village restaurant and bar is responsible for what may be Manhattan’s only chopped cheese burrito, a deeply satisfying meal modeled after the fabled sandwich of East Harlem. The beef is chopped like that in a Philly cheese steak, but don’t expect aged provolone. Instead, there’s queso and some exquisitely caramelized onions.

203 Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002

7. Taqueria Diana

367 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Taqueria Diana is named after its tacos, but the restaurant’s Mission-style burritos have long been a draw for West Coast expats and those in the know. Head to the Williamsburg outpost of this small New York City chain for flour tortillas packed with rice, beans, cheese, and crema. Carne asada and shrimp are available for a few dollars more, but the al pastor is an easy win.

367 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Santa Ana Deli and Grocery

171 Irving Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A red, green, and white deli advertises various Mexican specialties on a hand-painted red sign Robert Sietsema/Eater

The selection of groceries at Santa Ana Deli and Grocery has narrowed since opening in 2005, and in its place, a menu of tacos, cemitas, and burritos has continued to grow. In the latter category, there’s no better than the namesake santanero burrito, which comes sauced with crema, salsa, and cilantro in a style meant to resemble the Mexican flag. The burrito is stuffed with an impressive number of ingredients, including rice, beans, onion, mushroom, poblano pepper, guacamole, cheese, and crema, before adding meat.

171 Irving Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

9. B’klyn Burro

922 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

From this colorful taqueria Clinton Hill, owner Pepe Urquijo is serving one of the borough’s most accurate representations of a San Francisco-style burrito. The restaurant’s flakey flour tortillas come filled with pico de gallo, rice, and beans. The addition of crema, cheese, avocado — what’s sometimes referred to as “a super” in San Francisco — here is included by default. The best bet is the knockout garlic butter shrimp, but keep your eyes peeled for the sometimes-there, sometimes-not carne asada.

922 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

10. Ursula

724 Sterling Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216
A burrito cut on the diagonal and placed in a turquoise plate
The chorizo breakfast burrito at Ursula
Clay Williams

Ursula isn’t just a breakfast burrito spot. It’s a “green chile-fueled love letter to New Mexico,” as Eater called it shortly after opening, ripe with stuffed sopaipillas and chile rellenos from chef-owner Eric See. Still, New Yorkers continue to wait in early-morning, half-hour lines for the restaurant’s New Mexican-style burritos, made with eggs, hash browns, Hatch chiles, and — best of all — smoky chorizo or vegan pinto beans.

724 Sterling Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11216

11. El Patron

51 Lincoln Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11225
A hefty burrito is served on a white paper plate with melted cheese and sauce on top
The El Patron burrito at El Patron
Robert Sietsema/Eater

At El Patron, an antique bar and canteen a short distance from Prospect Park, burritos are blanketed in porky red gravy and glistening yellow cheese. Inside, find beefsteak and black beans, with rice to cushion the landing in your stomach. This is Mexican-American food at its most opulent, and we dare you to finish it.

51 Lincoln Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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