Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Burritos coming for West Coast snobs (and others!) who say East Coast Mexican food really sucks compared to the West Coast

Back in May, we mentioned something about a coming-soon Mexican joint on Fourth Avenue near 13th Street....at this spot of a former Tasti D-Lite.




Anyway, we completely forgot about it. Until now.

Thrillist NY had a writeup on the place, called Dos Toros. It opens Friday. Here's what they say about it:

From two Bay Area brothers who trekked to NYC only to find a complete lack of true West Coast food missiles, DT's serving just that from behind a takeaway counter in a reclaimed wood and exposed brick sleeve, flush with black steel cladding and rustic woven leather stools; the casual vibe's augmented by an instrumental funk playlist hand picked by the brothers, one of whom toured as a bassist for Third Eye Blind, but apparently hasn't considered how it's gonna be when you don't love beans anymore. Believing the superiority of WC burritos owes to the attention given each component, everything but the cheese, crema, and tortillas are made in-house, having undergone hundreds of batch testings to ensure quality; rice, pinto/black beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream are carefully layered for structural integrity, and wrapped in their favorite hand-stretched, super-thin-yet-resilient flour tortilla...




Fork in the Road notes that the Dos Toros space was designed by the same people who did Spitzer's Corner, the Box, Boqueria and Hill Country.

10 comments:

pinhead said...

Props for Benny's Ave A, feeding me WC-style for 20 years! (BTW, it's good Texas-style Tex-Mex we can't get here. Mmmm, Chuy's.)

Goggla said...

Call me a snob, but they're right - Mexican food here sucks (and I've tried to love them all, high-end and hole-in-the-wall). I really hope they dish up what they promise because they'll certainly make me a fan.

esquared said...

Stuff white people like -- Mexican food

prodigal son said...

Mexican food in New York has a reputation for being awful, and I have to admit that's been my experience. I've also tried both high end and low end places here, and when I visit other cities I usually make it a point to eat Mexican at least one night because decent Mexican food just isn't available here.

NYC's Mexican immigrants tend to come from Puebla, which actually has a decent local cuisine, but I think there are just not enough of them to support a good Mexican food culture. New York is somewhat unique in the US in drawing lots of immigrants from every Spanish speaking country to the south EXCEPT for Mexico.

EV Grieve said...

I gave up on Benny's several years back.

And when is that new taquería opening on A next to Cafe Pick-Me Up? Been meaning to walk by there...

~evilsugar25 said...

sorry, benny's is pretty gross. which was edible when it was cheap, but now its really overpriced. i liked burritoville for what they did, but they were just ok. paquitos is still a decent deal, taste-for-price-wise. san mcLoco = drunk guac/cheese nosh.

but fourth av?? that's tooo farr!! why can't this open on one of the millions of closed storefronts on lower B?

Anonymous said...

As a person originally from L.A. I can say there actually is decent Mexican food here now. (wasn't always the case)
You just have to know where to look.

ak said...

i have no idea what the hell WC style mexican food is. been to the west coast once, not really fiending to go back.

however, i do like zaragosa on avenue a for my taco (sometimes burrito - but mostly taco) fix.

EV Grieve said...

Ah, yes... AK I love Zaragoza...

Anonymous said...

L.A. burritos != Mexican food.