New Yorkers have always been opportunitsts when it comes to food. Eat what’s there and celebrate it has always seemed to be the unspoken motto. So when Germans bought the hot dog everyone in New York eat them and the same with pizzas bought by Italians, the bagels and matzo bought by Eastern Europeans and now tortillas bought by the quickly growing Latinao population in NYC.
They are becoming a NYC staple. There’s more and more Mexican and other Latino food being sold and therefore more and more tortillas, to the point where keeping up a steady supply is a challenge. Some restaurants make their own, see the video which features a tortillas maker at Chelsea restaurant Suenos. And there are big producers of tortillas as well, Best Mexican Foods based in Chester New York supplies over 350 NYC restaurants and can’t keep up with the growing demand.
The big issue is, will tortillas become an iconic NYC food as other ethnic foods have become? It’s too soon to tell but the rapid spread of the sale of Latino food, especially through big chains like chipotle, certainly means Mexican food already is a taken for granted part of NYC’s food choices. As tortillas are an essential component of Latino cuisine, it is already on its way. Can anyone really see the tide of Latino themed food ebbing at this stage. I don’t think so.