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Posted by EastVillage Local on 01/06/2009
This is the perfect local little restaurant. I get take out here 2x/month. Yes the food is hot, hurray! If you are whimpy about heat, ask them to leave it off. Jeese!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/11/2008
Was looking for a new Mex joint and came across this spot despite the name, the food and atmosphere are very authentic. I ended up ordering the enchiladas which were described as hot (there were three different temperatures: mild, hot (2 types of hot), and hottest) I love hot things and can handle a pretty high degree of heat in my food - these were way out of my comfort range though. My girlfriend got something else which apparently had the same sauce, she took one bite and said "I can't eat this, it's too hot." I thought that I would have no problem with mine, but within three or four bites I realized it was blazing. I tried to be strong, but only made it through one of the enchiladas, which I am still paying for now (it's the morning after). I will almost definitely go back here the food actually did taste great (what I was able to taste anyway), and the guy working the counter was really nice (and apologetic when he realized that we had nearly combusted). I will definitely get the mild next time. Prices were really reasonable too.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2008
there was no cheese at all on any of the food! no spices!! very bland, the service slow they messed up my diet coke for a regular coke! would not go back
Posted by FajitaLover on 09/06/2008
This place is decent, but a far cry from the "amazing authentic Mexican cuisine" that some others have touted here. My chicken burrito had bones in it at times, and was completely overinflated with rice. However, good Mex food doesn't seem to exist in NYC so this is among the better things going. And I will say, my experience with the service is highly positive they are friendly and hard-working. But I've yet to really have anything in NYC better than Qdoba, besides down at Esquina which is badly overpriced. Anyway...go to the Downtown Bakery if you're in the area and want some simple Mex fare for cheap and quick, but don't expect to be convinced that you're actually in San Antonio...or even somewhere in the Midwest with good Mexican for that matter (Chicago, Indianapolis)
Posted by DumplingChaser on 09/04/2008
I've resisted writing about this place for years it's so good I feard large crowds and long lines once word got out. But I must give up: THIS PLACE IS AWESOME. The ingredients are of the highest quality, the recipes come from the mom of the guys who work there. The chipotle sauce is to die for, and they have everything from meat free vegan standard burritos to chorizo tacos. Oh and the monolithic servings are dirt cheap. Don't be scared away by the mom and pop tables and slightly cracked window this place is top end. I promise you will love it and return regularly. Try: Pollo Desmenuzado bean and cheese tacos rice and bean burrito special with guacamole, sour cream and hot sauce chicken tamales with hot sauce (I like chipotle) or anything with chorizo in it.
Posted by firstandfirst on 04/19/2008
Being from California, I have had amazing Mexican food. Most Mexican places in New York do not even have a blip on the radar. I walked into this unassuming place one late afternoon and after striking up a conversation some of the very nice workers there, I was advised to get the Chicken Mole Burrito. Honestly, the first bite I had was so delicious. I knew that I would be definitely be going back soon. Since then, I have been back a few more times and tried other food that they offer (Nachos, Flautas, Tamales, Tacos, Crispy Quesadillas), and I have never been disappointed. I highly recommend this place!
Posted by Best true Mexican food to go in NYC on 11/25/2007
I just wanted to add to the other positive reviews about Downtown Bakery. I grew up in California which has excellent, authentic, Mexican food. I have lived in the East Village for 5 years and constantly sought good burritos, tacos, etc. Overall New York has an exteme lack of tasy authentica mexican. Burritoville, San Loco, and the other imitators have nothing on Downtown Bakery. Aside from Mama Mexico, when I want mexican, this is the only place I eat. As others have noted this is a family run buisness. Sometimes it takes 30-45 minutes for delivery, but this is Mexican with authentic flavor, like what mom would make. Sometimes she evem delivers it! Dont be discouraged by the store, and make sure you go to the right one, as you can taste the difference. Their Carne Asada Burrito compares to what you would find in San Diego or San Francisco, but watch out for too much hot sauce, it is smoking!! Highly recommend the steak tacos and rejenos, and stop in for Breakfast their menu is huge and cheap.