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Posted by NYCFella on 11/12/2006
I've lived in this neighborhood for the past 13 years, this place is a place I can always count to deliver, the literal and that I never am disappointed. Everything is made fresh, fresh to the point that they throw the chicken on the pan JUST for your order. Most places have premade breaded chicken cutlets, not here..... no meat is premade - none of it for that matter. It's a shame that the place looks like a hole in the wall, if not for a Peruvian friend who showed me to it, I'd probably never go in, it really doesn't look like anything special. The food is fantastic, the prices are fabulous - where can you have a freshly made delicious meal, a drink and then a dessert for under $10? Maybe McDonalds but I wouldn't dare compare the quaity of the food.....ever. If you like mexican, check this place out..... it will be just as good if not better than your current favorite place. 20+ reviews raving about this place can't be all wrong! Enjoy...
Posted by abc on 10/01/2006
I've lived in the neighborhood for a while but only recently discovered this place. The storefront is unremarkable, and there isn't much room to sit, but it is good for take-out. The food is very fresh and authentic and the service is friendly. They scored very well on the dept of heath inspection. I don't know why, but they only have delivery on the weekend. If they delivered during the week, I'd order much more often.
Posted by tompkins_girl on 09/17/2006
I took a chance and ordered from here based on its excellent menupages rank. happy to say it lived up to my expectations. the vegetarian burrito is one of the best ive had in nyc, and the order arrived quickly. so quickly that the delivery guy forgot our snapples. i called them and he was back in less than 10 minutes. excellent food, great value, honest, fast delivery.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2006
Rich, full-bodied flavors, generous portions, reasonable prices...all served up with a smile. as an SF native, so happy to discover this place right around the corner. i had the carne asada burrito and it was delicious, with only the meat, beans and rice. had they added the cheese, pico, guac, sour and lettuce inside, i would have sworn i was back in the old hood on mission street. i will definitely be back.
Posted by Alir on 05/31/2006
The Downtown Bakery is the best Mexican place I've ever been to in NYC. Their food is scrumptious. The meat is actually well-seasoned and a tad bit crispy in certain areas adding that lovely burnt flavor. Their hot sauce is actually hot. The workers are very nice and say hi and bye and if you are staying in they will take the food to your table. It's a very small place. There are only three tables and a counter with about 4 or 5 stools if i'm correct. Ever since I discovered this place I eat there almost once a week and I never touch San Loco unless I'm broke. I forgot to mention that the tacos are of a decent size and I'm usually full after one, but I'm small so maybe it doesn't count. They are decently priced as well.
Posted by David on 05/13/2006
After living in San Diego for three years, I moved to New York last August. Since then, the Mexican food here has been consistently disappointing. In San Diego, taco stands are everywhere, and you rarely, if ever, pay more than five bucks for a good-sized burrito. The $9-13 New York versions, for the most part, pale in comparison and make the "gourmet" Chipotle burritos (which are also overpriced here) look like a good deal. If I want to spend that much on a meal, I'll get Thai or Italian. And no one in San Diego puts brown rice in a burrito (a la Burritoville). I was better off if I cooked the seasoned carne asada from Trader Joe's myself. I should note that I'm not saying that the Mexican food I've had elsewhere in this city tasted bad, but that it doesn't taste the way Mexican food should. Aside from attempts to turn burritos into high class cuisine with funky ingredients like brown rice or barbeque sauce, it's hard to say why it's so different. But it is. So, I was thrilled when I tried the carne asada burrito at Downtown Bakery. The beef was cooked perfectly, with a nice (slightly crispy) sear on the outside. The rice and beans were flavorful, and the pico de gallo was fresh. And, at "only" $6.50, it's cheap too. I've had this twice, and it was just as good the second time. I should probably try some other things on the menu, but I don't know if I can resist ordering it again. If you want to try Mexican food that doesn't taste like it was made 2000 miles from the Mexican border, go here.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/09/2006
This is by far the best Mexican food in the city. Great for takeout but they do have a few tables for eating in. They have incredible breakfast specials and their burritos are amazing! The food here tastes so fresh, never greasy! The staff is so friendly and helpful and they keep the place immaculate! Highly Recommended!