Tortaria E.12th & University
Laura and I were both feeling Mexican tonight. Seen: Yellow Fin Tuna Taquitos (grilled sushi grade yellow fin tuna with a mango relish soy salsa in corn masa tortillas). Corn Esquites (Mexican char-grilled corn on the cob slathered with Queso Fresco, chipotle mayo and finished with chili powder and a squeeze of fresh lime). #HungryEditor #HungryEats #HungryGreenwichVillage
Food needs improvement
I liked this place, but I didn't love it. My carne asada was kind of grisly and my churros were too crisp. (I prefer a soft center.) I loved the horchata, and the place had a nice vibe, so I bumped my review to 3 stars. I might be a little bias because I live in the southwest and I eat delicious Mexican food all the time, but that's not really an excuse, I think there's definite room for improvement.
Quick Bites: Tortaría
What a pleasant surprise. I'd been aware of this large, looming Mexican entity on the corner of University Place and East 12th since it opened. I'd been aware of it as busy too. No particular urge to eat there.
Then, just one of those days over the holidays; other options were closed, and there we were, and why not? And it was good.
My impressions had been somewhat false. Despite the name, I imagined that sandwiches would accompany a full Mexican menu. Because of the apparent scale of the place, I guessed it was a full-service restaurant. In each case, I was a little off.
The menu really is all about tortas and tacos (or small ones, taquitos) -- and that's really all, unless you count guacamole, soups and salads, and two desserts, fried ice cream or little churros. Also worth knowing, because it's not immediately obvious: no table service -- order from the register as you enter. Grab seats at random, at the bar, at the long communal table, at smaller tables up front. Listen out, because there's no smart system in place for delivering food when it's ready.
Okay, some rough edges, but forgiveable for this food, at this price. I ordered a special torta, suckling pig with avocado, pickled onions, Oaxaca cheese, and probably other things too, on telera bread. Nice ingredients.
The bread was just chewy enough. The suckling pig wasn't just another name for pulled pork -- the texture and strong, almost gamey taste, made it worth the extra dollar or so (the sandwich was around $9; other tortas -- carne asado, Milanesa de pollo, "burger" -- around $7 to $8).
Fries were freshly cut from real potatoes. Sauces were fun too -- a chipotle mayo beaten by a warmly smokey straight chipotle.
I liked the look of the crispy eggplant torta, which came on a brioche bun (which could have been warmed), with Chihuahua cheese, Pinconillo tomatoes, jalapeños, and so on.
Sides are around $2.50, so sandwiches for two with shared fries (plenty of them), around $20. Very much worth a look.
Here's the website.
Tortaria is a Mexican restaurant located on 94 University Plaza in New York. Tortaria is conveniently located right in the center of New York University and features great Mexican food. The overall rating is good and most reviews gave a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Tortas are a main feature of the Tortaria and are recommended by most reviewers. While some mention that the tortas may fall apart easily, most say they are very filling and delicious. One particular torta with favorable reviews is the Milanesa de Pollo Torta. Reviews say many food items are generally inexpensive, like the Chicken Burrito and Fish Tacos.
Reviews mention the place having a casual, down-to-earth vibe. Various reviews favored ordering items at the counter and finding their own seats, while others say finding seats for a group can be troublesome. Reviews say the place can get very lively, and some claim it is even a bit too loud.
Many reviewers say that the staff and bar service is very friendly and great. However, some reviews mention that the waiters and waitresses can be busy at times and may not be as attentive to customers. Many customers were confused as to whether they should find seats or wait to be seated, so they recommend just finding comfortable seats.