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La Taqueria Has Shuttered

Months after the sit-down portion shuttered, the entire restaurant has closed for good.

For Slope burrito lovers, today will be remembered as a day of mourning.

Today Seventh Avenue Mexican mainstay shut its doors for good. Back in October, the sit-down side of the eatery shuttered owing to high rent and slow business, and now it seems the take-out side will shutter for similar reasons after 20 years in business.

“It’s just the way it is,” said owner Martin Medina, who also owns Fifth Avenue’s Rachel’s Taqueria. “It’s the economy, it’s rent, it’s tough times.”

Lovers of La Taqueria’s giant burritos can still get their fix at Rachel’s Taqueria, which serves essentially the same menu.

Still, some Park Slope residents were saddened by the news.

“This is a tragedy. La Taq serves the only good burritos in Park Slope and had great rotisserie chicken as well,” nearby First Street resident Ben Kochman wrote Patch in an E-mail. “And if the space gets replaced with a Chipotle franchise, I will cry.”

Orlando Ozio January 17, 2011 at 10:01 PM
This would be a GREAT spot for a Cheeburger Cheeburger.
Ken Byrne January 18, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Too bad. It was nothing fancy, but always reliable. But nowadays there's a lot more competition. When they opened 20 years ago, this neighborhood was a restaurant wasteland. Sad to hear.
David January 18, 2011 at 03:06 PM
They had the only decent Mission-style burrito in NYC. Post tips if I'm off-base here.
Jorge January 18, 2011 at 07:46 PM
While there's been some commendable new spots for tacos nearby (including TWO Oaxaca locations within walking distance of the North Slope), there was always something about the burritos here which hit the spot in ways other 'hood places didn't. The watermelon juice was also divine. A loss. Perhaps the walk over to Rachel's will help burn some of the burrito calories.
Ericka Patten January 19, 2011 at 02:08 AM
I've been consoling my burrito-loving husband for the past hour. Such sad news.
etonchan January 19, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Maya Taqueria in Prospect Heights is a good alternative. It's also run by Californians

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