El Vez Burrito
259 Vesey St.
(bet. North End Ave. and West St.)

El Vez Burrito is the fast-casual annex at El Vez in the Conrad New York building in Battery Park City, in the part of El Vez that abuts Blue Smoke. There’s seating for 16 at counter-ish tables and 7 at low barstools along a back counter. The space looks fantastic—it’s a tad more restrained that El Vez proper, with less kitsch (but an impressive wall of vintage Mexican posters). The menu has a build-your-own option as well as especiales, including the hangover-friendly Frito Pie burrito and the “classic Mission-style.” Ingredients range from the traditional to decidedly contemporary items like farro, kale, crispy quinoa, and napa cabbage kimchi. And there’s soft-serve ice cream in chocolate and horchata flavors, with six toppings, along with Mexican Coke (and regular soft drinks), beer, and margaritas. And free water, which is always appreciated. El Vez Burrito is currently open weekdays for lunch (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but weekend and dinner hours are planned.

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