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5 Burro Cafe

72-05 Austin St., Queens, NY 11375 40.719312 -73.842448
nr. 72nd Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-544-2984 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$

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    7 out of 10

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Official Website

5burrocafe.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, noon-midnight; Fri-Sat, noon-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Forest Hills-71st Ave.

Prices

$12-$22

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

Amid the chain stores that have commandeered the Austin Street shopping strip, 5 Burro Cafe is a welcoming mom-and-pop operation with a palapa roof and corrugated metal walls. A boisterous bar beckons locals with lethal “two-finger” frozen margaritas, a crowd-pleasing rock juke, and screens showing the Mets and Yankees. The restaurant takes its tacos as seriously as its teams, and meeting the food minimum at tables is far more pleasure than obligation. The Mexican cooks show careful flair with south-of-the-border chow that neighborhood gringos savor with tropical drinks or one of more than a dozen cabana-style cervezas. Queso fundido—chorizo sausage smothered in Monterey Jack cheese—is wonderfully sloppy and satisfying, and fajitas showcase tender chicken that could fly solo. The kitchen fields steady orders for everyday-sounding nachos con carne, cheesy tortilla chips with meat. But here, the carne is no lame, tame ground beef. Instead, it’s skirt steak marinated for flavor, grilled to order, sliced rib-size, and heaped atop the chips. If God is in the details, here’s Dios in a dish.

Extra

The restaurant is often thronged during peak dinner hours, but you can call ahead to put your name on the wait list.

 Bar Hours

Bar stays open until 4 a.m. daily

Recommended Dishes

Queso fundido, $8; aguacate relleno, $12; nachos con carne, $12; burro jalapeño burger, $12

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