Last month, we brought word that Tortaria would bridge the gap between the taco and sandwich trends, and now the torta specialist has bowed on University Place. The 65-seat restaurant, co-owned by Howard Berke of Caliente Cab Co., doubles as a bodega selling Mexican pantry staples; there's also a full bar specializing in fresh-squeezed-fruit margaritas and Mexican beers. Torta sandwiches in varieties like pulled pork or short ribs are a highlight on the menu, while taquitos on house-made corn tortillas are another option, along with apps, soups, and salads. The spot is open for lunch and dinner, with hours till midnight during the week and to 1 a.m. on weekends. Scope the menu and check out some photos below.
Tortaria, 94 University Pl., at 12th St.; 212-776-1830