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25 Mexican Tortas and Cemitas We Love in NYC

Craig Cavallo 12 comments

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. More

A Sandwich a Day: Chorizo con Huevo Torta at Chavela's

A Sandwich a Day Carey Jones Post a comment

My first impression of Chavela's in Crown Heights was that, more than any other spot I've been to in the city, it reminded me of the casual Mexican restaurants I grew up with in California. Loud Latin music. Splashes of color everywhere. Affordable beer. Friendly, crazy-efficient service. And more-than-serviceable food. More

A Sandwich a Day: Suadero Torta from El Tenampa

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Enormous even by torta standards, it's easy to see why El Tenampa's Mexican sandwiches are a South Slope favorite. More

A Sandwich a Day: Pierna Torta at De Mole in Astoria

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 4 comments

The Sunnyside Mexican favorite has opened a second location in Astoria. One of the tastier offerings is this pork sandwich, which is way more fresh and texturally interesting than most of the taqueria tortas out there. More

Mexican Eats: Puebla Mini Market, the Häagen Dazs of Tortas

Scarlett Lindeman 1 comment

Like a grand marquee announcing the latest blockbuster, the multicolored sign "TORTAS" of Puebla Mini Market can be read two blocks away. Puebla Mini Market is an orderly shop in Sunset Park: part bodega, part torta cart, but first and foremost a juice stand. Most customers shoot past the juice stand and beeline for the back, where the famous double-sided plancha (basically a panini press) squashes overloaded sandwiches into tight, well-toasted packages. This unique sandwich shop was created by Don Pepe, the creator of thirty-three (and counting) styles of torta, which you can peruse from a well-lit photographed line-up overhead. More

A Sandwich A Day: Torta Hawaiiana at La Cocina Mexicana, the Bronx

A Sandwich a Day Chris E. Crowley Post a comment

In Allerton, you're more likely to find jerk chicken than Mexican fare But if you're in need, tiny La Cocina Mexicana's tortas are more then tasty enough to satisfy a neighborhood craving. More

A Sandwich A Day: Chipotle Pork Torta at Calexico

A Sandwich a Day Jessica Leibowitz Post a comment

I have an unspoken rule about never ordering the same thing twice at a restaurant. Sure, there are exceptions, such as everything on the menu at Best Pizza, but such occasions run few and far between. So when I found myself ordering Calexico's Chipotle Pork Torta ($11) not once but thrice, I knew it was time for an official love letter. More

A Sandwich A Day: Egg and Chorizo Torta from Real Azteca, The Bronx

A Sandwich a Day Chris E. Crowley 1 comment

Down in the South Bronx, quality neighborhood Dominican and Puerto Rican joints are a dime-a-dozen; taquerias are less common, but becoming increasingly so. In Hunt's Point, there's Real Azteca, its colorful room a pleasant escape from the drab streets outside. While the tacos, served on homemade tortillas, are excellent, their plus-sized tortas ($6-7) are equally worth a visit. More

A Sandwich a Day: Breakfast Torta at Fast and Fresh Burrito Deli

A Sandwich a Day James Boo Post a comment

Boerum Hill's standby for Mexican standards, Fast and Fresh Burrito Deli is not quite in the same league as the taquerias of Sunset Park, but it's nothing to scoff at if you need a serviceable torta or a pair of tacos in a pinch. The deli's breakfast tortas ($3.50 each, $4 after 11:00 a.m.) make for an particularly good meal on the go, offering a few options for mixing and matching. More

A Sandwich a Day: Pambazo at Tacos Xochimilco

A Sandwich a Day Carey Jones 1 comment

Eating a sandwich, in most cases, goes like this: pick up sandwich with hands; bite into sandwich with mouth. If you tackle the Pambazo ($6) at Tacos Xochimilco in this way, however, you'll end up with bright red fingers and a sauce-smeared nose. More

A Sandwich A Day: Torta de Pollo at Tehuitzingo

A Sandwich a Day Chris E. Crowley 1 comment

While Tehuitzingo Deli & Grocery might not drag you out to 10th Avenue and 48th Street, their torta de pollo is a great lunch if you're near. More

A Sandwich A Day: Tortas at Chavella's

A Sandwich a Day Carrie Vasios Mullins 6 comments

It's too bad that here in New York City Mexican sandwiches, or tortas, are so often overshadowed by the typical trifecta of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. More

A Sandwich A Day: Carne Asada Torta from Downtown Bakery

A Sandwich a Day Tom Sullivan 1 comment

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check... More

A Sandwich a Day: Tortas in the Flatiron

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 8 comments

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check... More

A Sandwich a Day: Hawallan Tortas at Puebla Mini Mart

A Sandwich a Day Caroline Russock 3 comments

The Hawallan torta at Puebla Mini Mart takes its tropical name from a thick slice of grilled pineapple that lies within the center of this massive sandwich. It's surrounded by slices of griddled ham, spicy carne enchilada, quesillo (think Mexican string cheese), refried beans, chipotles in adobo, tomatoes, onions, avocado, and pickled jalapeño all stuffed into a soft bollilo roll and pressed until warm and crisp. More

Your Guided Tour of Staten Island's Mexican Treasures

ninalalli 6 comments

Nina Lalli takes you on a taco and torta hunt through Staten Island's Mexican restaurants. More

Young & Hungry: Tortas in Morningside Heights

Jenn Sit 6 comments

Awhile back—mostly out of the laziness that kept me from venturing anywhere above 14th Street—I made a joke to a friend about having no good places to eat in his Upper West Side neighborhood. Suffice to say, I never... More

Sunday Sound Bite: Los Dados

Ed Levine 2 comments

Pork torta at Los Dados: Imagine a sandwich of the tenderest shards of roast pork, lettuce, avocado, queso blanco, mayo, refried beans, pickled onion, and a serrano pepper, all on a soft roll with just a tiny bit of chew.... More

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