1 at Cathedral Pkwy./110th St.; B, C at Cathedral Pkwy./110th St.
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88th St. to 122nd St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.
If the normally starving grad students in Morningside Heights are looking better fed these days, chances are they have Taqueria y Fonda la Mexicana to thank. Home to the best burritos west of Spanish Harlem, this tiny, fluorescent-lit dive, featuring authentic cooking from the state of Guerrero in southwest Mexico, holds little more than a long grill, a few tables, and a fridge full of Dos Equis and Pacifico. All dishes—tacos, enchiladas, quesos fundidos—are made fresh on the spot and tend to be composed of the same ingredients: spicy pork or chicken, stringy white cheese, rice, and a grilled mixture of mushrooms, spinach, carrots, peppers, and onions topped with romaine lettuce and mole or tomatillo sauce. Staff is friendly, even if they can't seem to tell one college kid from the next. But since the only advantage to eating in seems to be the limitless supply of three kinds of salsa (the best is the spicy green one with pieces of avocado), locals typically rely on the free delivery until midnight anyway. Don't miss the legendarily hefty burritos: A steal at $10, each giant wrap can be stretched for at least two meals, and doubles as a dumbbell when you feel the need to work off last night's order.