Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks and carts.
You can’t have a discussion of the best street vendors in New York City without mentioning the Calexico Carne Asada cart. They won the Vendy Cup in 2008, and have been expanding slowly and steadily since then.
They now have 2 restaurants in Brooklyn, as well as 2 carts in Soho and one in Worth Square, which is the triangle by Broadway and 25th St. That’s where I went for lunch.
Calexico has tacos, burritos and quesadillas, and I decided on a chipotle pork burrito ($8) with their famous “crack” sauce.
After fattening up the burrito with tons of fillings, they rolled it up and grilled it a bit on each side. This gave the burrito some nice golden color.
Although the burrito appeared cracked from the grilling, it didn’t leak when I picked it up to take a bite. Inside were meat, beans, rice, cheese, salsa, pickled red onions, crema and “crack” sauce, which was like a chipotle mayo, only more addictive.
I’m not sure exactly what was in the “crack” sauce beside chipotle and mayo, but it was spicy, and I was tasting it (and loving it) all the way back to the office. The way the “crack” sauce and salsa mixed together was delicious.
I could taste cumin in the shredded pork, which was juicy and plentiful, and the pickled red onions added a nice side note.
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On the down side, I would have liked a little more cheese in the burrito, but that’s a minor quibble with a burrito as good as this one.
Calexico still makes one of the best burritos on the streets of New York – and their tacos and quesadillas are among the best too.
They also started serving breakfast burritos at their cart on Broome & Crosby from 9-11 a.m.