DAILY BITES
Danny Bowien Wants to Open a Mission Burrito

Mission Cantina, a well-received Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, surprised foodies after recently announcing they were offering burritos for delivery. This eatery's delicious burritos, filled with tasty meats, veggies, and cheese in a crispy tortilla, were served back in November at a one-day-only event when the restaurant opened its doors for the first time. Then, they mysteriously disappeared, never once appearing on the menu.

These mysterious burritos are already receiving rave reviews, with Bowien's unique process including an emphasis on fresh ingredients, griddled tortillas, and a conspicious lack of rice. They even have their own Twitter account. Here's to hoping Mission Burrito gets off the ground fast! (You know we'll be counting the days.)

DAILY BITES
Spending Some Time At Salvation Taco

When post-happy hour cravings bring you to a restaurant as fun as this, you know that you’re in for a good night.

Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t just some taco shack. April Bloomfield, executive chef and owner of the Spotted Pig, the Breslin, and the John Dory Oyster Bar, has collaborated with her business partner, Ken Friedman, to once again provide us with a restaurant and bar which is worth taking the time to visit. Salvation Taco, located at 145 E. 39th Street in Murray Hill, offers a unique and creative dining experience which is sure to be on your mind long after your meal has ended.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
NYC: 6 New Spots to Get Your Grub On


The Goodwin 430 Hudson Street, West Village

Named for the company that owned the 300-acre tobacco farm that once occupied the area, The Goodwin is reminiscent of its land’s history while maintaining a modern edge. The brick wall bar fashions the wine selection at the wine bar and café, carrying a pretty descent wine list that complements the food selections. The menu is moderately priced and features options like a sandwich composed of tempura mussels, oysters, clams & chorizo in spicy pork gravy served on pretzel hero with pickled onions and herb fries or line caught cod with market vegetables and yellow pepper gastrique. Larger plates are available after 5 pm.

HOW-TO
How-To: Black Bean Citrus Salsa

If you are tired of the pre-packaged, store-bought jars of salsa, preparing your own is actually quite quick, cheap, and easy.

  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup red onions, diced
  • 1/3 cup parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 cup
  • 1 knife
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 spoon
DAILY BITES
Taco Bell Leverages Major League Baseball Partnership

Taco Bell has joined forces with Major League Baseball and Sony for its Beefy Nacho Burrito. The new item features beef, nacho cheese, sour cream and the Taco Bell Queso Strips all wrapped in a flour tortilla. Similar to the Beefy Crunch Burrito, this one has no rice and has Queso strips instead of Fritos. It is offered on the value menu for .99 cents or in a combo, along with two tacos and a large drink, for $3.99.

As part of Taco Bell's partnership with MLB, the Beefy Nacho Burrito will also be available in the $5 Buck Big Hitter Box (Beefy Nacho Burrito, Burrito Supreme, Crunchy Taco and a medium drink). The box features an "Unlock the Box" tie-in with Sony's "Home Run Derby" game built from PlayStation's MLB The Show 2012.

RESTAURANT 101
Mexican Done Well
BEST OF
National Fast Food Day
THE HOT SPOT Error
Cafe de la Esquina @ Wythe Diner Opens Today

Brace yourself for today's opening of Cafe de la Esquina, situated at Wythe Diner. This hot spot is no longer just a NoLita haven, so all you Williamsburg hipsters better head to check it out. Loyal Wythe Diner customers need not worry about the upheavel of their favorite joint-- the red barstools and wood paneling will remain intact...with a few added spices like some unique Mexican artwork. As for the menu? This too will remain unchanged, although there will be a few welcome additions, including make your own tacos, and guac and chips (a staple for any Mexican diner). This isn't just your typical diner though folks, an outdoor (beer!) garden is in the works so that you can enjoy your fajitas in the glimmering summer sun (while it lasts). Check out the sweet digs below!

RESTAURANT 101
Cheers!

It's hard to keep up with the times in this city. Is artisan bourbon cool right now, or is it novelty vodka from Bulgaria? Maybe it's a cocktail attempting to perfectly blend the two. Well, the answer is always yes, as long as it's new. The trouble is, sometimes we need somewhere familiar. Everybody wants that Cheers-esque place where everybody knows your name and your favorite drink is waiting for you by the time your jacket hits the back of the chair. As a Southerner, the corner Mexican joint was always a reliable spot for libations and satisfying viands without the pretense of a doorman or dress code, however it is garishly apparent that the casual Mexican eatery has been overlooked in the NYC, that is until Casa Mezcal.