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Map & Directions 94 University Place
New York, NY 10003
  • Mexican
  • Sun-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner, Lunch, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Don’t be alarmed that this place is a partial offshoot of Caliente Cab Co., one of the city’s most notorious (and notoriously bad) margarita mills: The food at Union Square’s Tortaria is about a zillion times better. Not that it attempts too much—the bedrock of the menu is a series of the Mexican sandwiches called tortas, here rendered on small brioche rolls rather than the oblong telera bread. Fillings, not all of them doctrinaire, run to chicken milanese, pulled pork, and crispy eggplant, the latter one of several vegetarian options on the menu. Then there are tacos, soups, salads, and sides. But the real treasure of Tortaria, which is rather charmingly decorated and has a nice layout featuring plenty of window seating, are the off-price drinks, especially a straight-up margarita that regales you with plenty of alcohol. With drinks this good and cheap, the food feels almost like an afterthought. Like its sire, Caliente Cab Company, Tortaria might be considered a margarita mill, too—only the gastropub version of it.

Member Reviews

  • adrockny wrote a review for Tortaria
    on 04/13/12

    Great tortas. I've tried most of them at this point and the one I like the most is the Chocolate Ancho. Also, I agree with Sietsema their Tortaria Margarita is a great deal at $5.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Try the chocolate ancho chicken torta, which oozes with enough peppers and chocolate to require a pile of napkins and a draft of the Agave wheat beer.

  • Steve F. on 02/23/12

    Don't get confused: they aren't tortas, just vaguely Spanish food on hamburger buns.

  • Rony C. on 04/30/12

    Fresh guac is an absolute must

  • Dani L. on 02/14/12

    Delicious food and great music!!

  • Operation C. on 01/30/12

    Spicy cucumber margarita... Mad good

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