Boys, Birthdays & Burrito's

/ Saturday, June 14, 2008

Was everyone procreating nine months and twenty-or-so years ago?
Only a few hours after returning from Carrie's cheerful celebration, it was time to bestow birthday wishes on our dear friend Kyle

Merely one avenue over and seventy-four blocks downtown, a different group of friends gathered outside Benny's Burritos to celebrate the arrival of Kyle's twenty-second year. 

Now, Benny's is owned by the same people who run Blockheads around Manhattan. Don't let the chain restaurant association fool you. When you're in the presence of Benny's it's as if no other Mexican restaurant exists. It's perfectly charming in it's own honky-tonk way. The dining area is tiny considering how many young New Yorkers flock to it's doors. A combination of great food, a lively decor and sinfully-cheap frozen drinks keeps patrons asking for more. People are willing to wait outside for exorbitant amounts of time just for a quick bite at this latin greasy spoon.
 We were some of those people last night. I'm sure you could image how long it takes to seat a party of twelve when there's barely enough space inside to avoid the trays of margaritas flying by. It was at least an hour, but it was well worth it. 

Why is Benny's Burritos so noteworthy ? There are a few reasons. First: the drink menu. Three dollar frozen margaritas in a plethora of different flavors. I actually ordered a Black Flower...a frozen margarita topped off with the house Sangria. Yum, yum, yum. Alright, second reason why Benny's is amazing:the  mini.  You may order any burrito your heart desires, say the word mini following your selection and be presented with a shrunken version of the original burrito dressed up with a side salad. Fantastic for our girlish figures. Number three: dairy or meat free. Of course there is a great selection of chicken, pork and red meat stuffed burritos waiting to be bitten into, yet Benny's caters to the restricted diner as well. For the vegans and vegetarians out there,  you can get your mexican munchies cheese and meat free. They even have tofu, soy cheese and wheat free wraps to make your alternative dining experience as authentic as possible. 

I'm sure you can sense my enthusiasm for this local joint. Thank goodness my friends love it, because it's a place you can go back to time and time again. 



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