Eat America: The Burrito Stand - Red Hook, NY

A seasonal staple, The Burrito Stand opens around mid April and closes mid-September. It's best to keep track of their comings and goings on Facebook as they sometimes make pop up appearances in the area well after they've closed for the season. 

The menu is simple much like the stand itself. A basic burrito--rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, cilantro--will run you six bucks. You can and should add guacamole for another dollar. There are a few other menu items, but they are not why you go to The Burrito Stand.

These burritos are not a drippy or messy experience. The tortillas are simultaneously soft and crisp in their little tin foil blankets. The burrito’s innards are simple, fresh, and light on the palette.

Sometimes your friends will want to split a burrito with you.

This is a nonsense notion.

Order yourself a guac burrito.

Eat all of it.

Photo c/o The Burrito Stand's Facebook page

Photo c/o The Burrito Stand's Facebook page

The Burrito Stand is a Hudson Valley gem and almost has local legend status. It’s part college bastion--Bard is a hop/skip/jump away--and part local spot. There’s a friendly dog that hangs around tries to eat your burritos if you’re not careful. I once saw Peter Dinklage there.

The stand itself sits on a wee hill just off the road and overlooks grassy fields, wildflowers, and woods. You can almost pick out the Catskills in the distance. There are some picnic tables, but they’re usually all taken. Sitting on the grass or on the blanket your friend has stowed in the trunk of their car is better anyway.

Photo c/o The Burrito Stand's Facebook page

Photo c/o The Burrito Stand's Facebook page


The Burrito Stand is a place of of friendship and laughter and full tummies. Go with someone you find easy to talk to and take your time whilst you’re there.