It’s funny. This will be my fourth post about Chipotle since Friday… and I’m embarassed. Not just for my blog- but for Midtown too. Why is everyone in my office so excited for Chipotle? And why did I get so caught up in it? I don’t even like Chipotle! It just goes to show how starved we are in Midtown for good food. So sick of the same things day after day, a mediocre overpriced McBurrito is like some sort of Holy Grail of dining. Here’s what I said about Chipotle a month ago, when I heard it was opening in my building:
For me, Chipotle is like a bad Chinese Buffet. I have to go back once every three months, and feel sick, to remind myself why I only go once every three months. See, I distinctly remember what my brain told me the last time I ate Chiptole… “Never eat here again”. But that was three months ago, and my burrito starved body is wondering, “Maybe this time it will be different…everyone seems pretty excited… maybe I was wrong about Chipotle.”
Well, it hasn’t been three months… but last night I finally discovered a way to enjoy Chipotle. Eating there for free. Free food always tastes better… it’s just a fact. And Chipotle proved that once again last night. We got one of those passes for free dinner on Monday night, and decided to check it out then, rather then wait on line today during free Buritto day (which is from 11am to 8pm by the way).
What we ate, and the Chipotle +/- after the jump…
We decided to try two different burritos…
- Burrito #1- Carnitas, Cilantro-Lime Rice, Black Beans, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole
- Burrito #2- Chicken, Cilantro-Lime Rice, Pico de Gallo, & Guacamole
I have to say, the Carnitas and the Chicken are both good at Chipotle. The carnitas is exactly as it should be. Braised with good seasonings, it tears apart and is nice and tender. And the chicken is good too, if you like your chicken grilled and cut in chunks- which I prefer to the shredded chicken in gravy that a lot of burrito places feature. But that’s where the complements end…
Here’s my big problem with Chipotle. The burrito is already a perfect food item. Get some good meat, put it in a tortilla with mexican rice, good salsa, and good guac, and it’s gonna be good. What’s this cilantro and lime rice shit? Why are the chips covered in lime flavored salt? Can’t you steam the cheese with the tortilla so I don’t have to eat clumps of cold cheese in my burrito? Why do I feel like I’m going into food coma after the fourth bite. I just think they’re trying too hard. There’s just something weird about Chipotle. I know it isn’t just “Too much salt”. There’s something more then that. I just can’t put my finger on it…
Is it the best burrito you can get in Midtown? Probably. Am I a spoiled burrito snob after living in L.A. for two years? Definitely. Will I forget how I feel and go back to Chipotle in three months? To tell you the truth, I’ll probably be back within three weeks. But I won’t like it damnit! People who run Baja Fresh… if you’re listening. Please… come and save us from this Burrito wasteland. If you can open in Jersey, why can’t you be in NYC????
THE + (What people who like this place would say)
- You don’t need a knife and fork. Seems like common sense, but so many New York places can’t roll a good burrito
- Quit your whining L.A. boy… it’s a good burrito (and sadly it is probably the best burrito you are going to get in Midtown)
THE – (What people who don’t like this place will say)
- The price. It’s amazing how much better Chipotle is when you don’t have to pay $1.75 to add Guacamole to your burrito. Normal for midtown, but too expensive for a burrito.
- No free chips. And on top of having to pay for them, they are covered in this lime salt (that I’m pretty sure they put in the rice too).
- Too much salt all around. I thought it was a fluke the last time I went… but apparently it’s always like that. Call it McDonald’s consistency, I suppose.
- They’re operated by McDonald’s… and it shows.
- You don’t feel so good afterwards
Don’t forget… today (Tuesday 7/18) is free burrito day! From 11am to 8pm, everyone gets a free burrito. We’ll have pictures of the line and updates during the day. If I haven’t discouraged you enough, go have a Chiptole Burrito for yourself, and post your comments here. Today is the best day to go… Chipotle is never going to taste better then it does on the day when it’s free!
Chipotle, 129 W. 48th St. (btw. 6th & 7th Ave.), 212-575-8424
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