Sun-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight
1, 2, 3 at 14th St.; A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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Houston St. to 28th St., Broadway to West Side Hwy.
Long before "chipotle" meant anything more than a pepper, Benny's Burritos was in the CaliMex vanguard, introducing New Yorkers to that now-ubiquitous combo of overstuffed wraps and healthier cooking techniques. Soon a second branch opened in the East Village, but then disharmony split the partners, and each claimed one locationóthe east side maintained the now-classic menu and opened new spots under the Harry's banner, while the west tinkered with the mix and built the mini-chain Blockheads. Greenwich Avenue does offer some advantages: free chips are served with a zippy salsa, and it's saneróWest Village mellow rather than East Village manic. But once your food arrives, you'll wish you'd gone east. The guacamole is filled with big chunks of buttery avocado, but it lacks flavor and heatóa downfall of many dishes here.