Some days, you just want to eat a big-ass burrito. Perhaps this is primarily an American craving (as many, we’re sure some readers would point out, big-ass cravings are) but, trust us, sometimes the best cure for a Sunday morning hangover is an oversized soft flour tortilla filled with just about everything. We never thought this was an option here — Shanghai’s selection of Mexican restaurants is … well … Shanghai really has no Mexican restaurants worth mentioning — until SH mag food guru Jarrett Wrisley told us where to go for our south-of-the-border cravings: that’s right, New York City Deli. And how does NYC Deli serve its “super burritos”? Of course, “California style.”
Here is how the NYC Deli describes its 45 RMB California Style Super Burritos on its menu:
NYC’s burritos are only available on Saturdays and Sundays, and sadly by Sunday they were all out of guacamole. It didn’t matter, though: Even without the green stuff, NYC Deli’s Super Burritos are very, very tasty. And despite the fact that these burritos are big-ass in every sense of the word (they are huge), we are only slightly embarrassed to be able to say “we can’t believe we ate the whole thing.” One suggestion for NYC: Maybe throw some beans into the mix, or at least add it as an option. That way the wife, who doesn’t eat meat, could have joined in on the gluttony.
Few other things worth noting: Delivery was speedy; be sure to order the corn tortilla chips and salsa … it comes with, yes, a big-ass tub of fresh salsa that makes the 14 kuai price-tag a bargain; if you can’t wait until the weekend, try one of NYC Deli’s 55 RMB combo meals — we had the No. 56 on French bread (hold the mayo) recently and it was good. Check out their menu here.
 The big-ass burrito is more of an American thing (think southern California or Tex-Mex) than an authentically Mexican dish. But in Shanghai, anything from near the border is fine by us.
NYC Deli, 103 Fujian Nan Lu near Jinling Dong Lu (福建南路103号,近金陵东路 ). Tel: 6326-2835. Open 10:30am to 9:30pm. Free delivery within 3km.
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Thanks for the tip, Jarrett!