Dos Toros Taqueria NYC
San-Francisco-Style Mexican Food & Burritos in NYC
Dos Toros Taqueria: with the holiday season winding down and the New York City winter settling in for its long, grey, freezing haul, anything that can evoke the climes of California gets bonus points in our book (in our case, specifically, Mission Beach, and the Carne Asada at Roberto’s, 2:30 a.m… but that’s a different story). And, clearly, we’re not alone. Maybe it’s the awesome location of Dos Toros NYC just south of Union Square, in the heart of NYU territory, and right near, like, 25 movie screens–or maybe it’s just that these guys know how to make first-rate SF-style Mexican–but we’ve never been to or walked by Dos Toros during peak hours since it opened two months ago without seeing the place hopping, sometimes with a line literally out the door.
Authentic Burritos in NYC Made with Organic Ingredients
Dos Toros NYC has a tightly-focused menu, modeled after Berkeley’s beloved Gordo Taqueria. If you’re looking for quesadillas, burritos or tacos in NYC, at Dos Toros you can choose from three meat fillings, two kinds of beans, add cheese, salsa, sour cream, really spicy or less spicy sauce, and/or guacamole, and the guy behind the counter will stuff it all in a freshly-warmed tortilla to create a burrito (add rice, if you like), or a taco, or a quesadilla. The emphasis is on super-fresh, organic ingredients (they couldn’t give us black beans one night because they were still slow-cooking them in the back), and sustainable production.
The result of all this effort is one of the best burritos in NYC, and the tacos are right up there, too (we’re still partial to the fish taco down at Pinche Taqueria, but since Dos Toros doesn’t dabble in the swimmers, perhaps it’s an unfair comparison). We’ve been a few times, and tried just about everything.
Dos Toros NYC Menu Favorites
The Dos Toros Carne Asada Burrito is fat and filled with flavor, both deep (the grilled marinated steak is rich and meaty; the beans chewy and earthy), and immediate (the spicy sauce is definitely an attention-getter). One of these puppies definitely makes for a satisfying meal… but we also always get a taco or two, too, and usually of the “crispy” variety, just for balance. The Dos Toros tacos are simple and quick and delicious, whether filled with the Carne Asada, the slightly less good Carnitas (the pork’s a little dry), or the juicy, heavily marinated Pollo Asado. If you’re in the neighborhood, and feel like a gloppy, tasty, inexpensive bite, Dos Toros NYC is an excellent addition to your go-to options list.
Dos Toros NYC details
Dos Toros is located on Fourth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, and is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There are a few small tables, and some counter space with stools, but this is very much a (friendly) counter-service, wolf-and-run sort of place. For more information, check out the Dos Toros website, here.
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