A couple of weeks ago an Ed Levine Eats reader suggested I try a pork taco at Great Burrito, this unassuming taco place at 23rd and Sixth. Actually, "unassuming" doesn't begin to describe its hole-in-the-wall qualities. Besides the home-style Pueblan Mexican food, Great Burrito sells pizza and gyros on homemade pita bread 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

And you actually see people ordering all of those things.

But the thing to come for is the Mexican food. The aforementioned al pastor pork taco (all tacos are $2.50) was served with hot sauce, guacamole, onions, cilantro, and lime. Even better is the carnitas taco, here made with what is described as broiled pork. The single best thing I've tried on the menu is a huarache, a homemade corn tortilla that covers an almost festive, brightly colored plate (take that, Red Hook soccer fields, where only paper plates are used). Topping the tortilla is beans, lettuce, hot sauce, sour cream, grated cheese, tomato, and your choice of meat.

I stuck with the carnitas. The huarache is $7, but it is most assuredly an entire meal. There are all sorts of house-made Mexican gelatins and puddings to try here as well. I can't tell you that the food at Super Burrito is as good as what you'll find at the Red Hook soccer fields, but it's January and it's a long way until May, when the soccer fields will open again.

Great Burrito

Address: 100 West 23rd Street, New York NY 10001 (just west of Sixth Avenue)
Phone: 212-243-0022


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