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Monday, September 12, 2011

New York Subway is back in business

Queen West residents rejoice! After being closed for seven months for renovations, the famed burrito join New York Subway at 520 Queen Street West is back in business. 

New York Subway before the renovations
New York Subway after the renovations
Many residents of the neighbourhood feared New York Subway would reopen as a slicked up version of itself, if it reopened at all. But fortunately, the renovations that were unveiled on Friday have proven to be fairly minimal.

"Not much has changed," shrugged Dino, the veteran burrito maker who is now back at his post after a stint working for sister restaurant Gandhi's Indian Cuisine. "It looks like something old. That's okay. If it's too fancy, it's no good for me."

The booths have been replaced with tables and office chairs, and there's a new floor and counter. The grungiest edges from the place are gone, but otherwise, it looks pretty much the same as before. The same touristy posters of the New York skyline are still on the walls.

Fortunately, the food also hasn't changed much. You can still get the same great veggie burritos as before, although some menu items are slightly more expensive: a small burrito is now $4.49, up from $3.95. It's still a super cheap and satisfying meal, so I'm certainly not complaining.



There are some new additions to the menu: breakfast items, such as omelettes and fried eggs, will be rolled out in the next month or so. 

New York Subway is located at 520 Queen Street West; hours are Monday to Friday, 11:30am until midnight; Saturday noon until 10pm; Sunday closed. Hours may be expanded once the breakfast items are added to the menu. 

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5 comments:

  1. I didn't know they'd closed.

    I've been a couple times and didn't really like it :(

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  2. I moved to Vancouver 4 years ago and was sad when I heard they had shut down. Now I am super excited to come back for a visit and an extra spicy jumbo chicken satay burrito!

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  3. Very happy news. Now, if Yung Sing Bakery on Baldwin would also reopen, I'd be ecstatic!

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  4. mmmmmmmm NY Subway.......

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