It's hard not to love the Mexican sandwiches we get in New York: versions overstuffed with avocado and refried beans or slender but robust meat delivery vehicles; cemitas on poofy buns or griddled tortas with crisped Portuguese rolls. To add you on your own journey to Mexican sandwich self-discovery, we've rounded up 24 of our favorites from across the city.
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This sausage and egg torta is a steal for the prize, with flavors that hit all the notes you're after.
The bun doesn't really taste like a cemita, and the al pastor within is unconventionally rich in sweet chipotle sauce, but there's still something to love about this sandwich ($8) from Tulcingo Del Valle.
It's been a great year for Mexican food in New York, and as the community develops, second and third generations settle, and more chefs become inspired by the diversity of the cuisine, it can only get better. Here are some of the best dishes of the year, ten that would make even the most fervent disbeliever reconsider.
The chile relleno, usually a soggy, leaden dish of wet crust and bland cheese, gets rectified at Tulcingo del Valle in Hell's Kitchen.
Tulcingo del Valle, on 10th Avenue between 46th and 47th Street, makes a full range of Mexican classics, but I can only speak to their tacos.