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Taco Time: Cafe El Presidente Opens in FlatironThe Flatiron's New Mexican Market and Restaurant Features NYC’s Longest Continuous Taco Bar
Its official: The team behind Tacombi at Fonda Nolita—one of our favorite taco joints in the city—has finally opened the doors to Cafe El Presidente, a Mexican marketplace and restaurant a block from the Eataly emporium.
And we’re happy to report that this taqueria/tortilleria/coffee-and-juice-bar hybrid lives up to the Nolita location’s reputation for fresh, quality Mexican food. Fonda Nolita’s head chef Luis Aguilar and former Peels chef Jason DeBriere run the open kitchen, which is flanked by the city’s longest continuous taco bar, where you can watch your hot tortillas come right off the conveyor belt. In addition to the hi-top counter seats at the taco bar, you can also eat at regular tables in the main dining area.
Start your meal with shareable appetizers like grilled corn topped with cotija cheese and chipotle mayo ($3.95), ceviche guerrero ($14.95) and guacamole with fresh tortilla chips ($11.49). The main menu is split into two sections, Tacos del Presidente (corn tortilla taco platters served four to a plate) and Taco Especiales (individual, more creative options).
You’ll want to combat hot sauce with a delicious Spiked Sandia, a watermelon agua fresca & tequila mix, the Jamaica Sangria, a fruity fresh hibiscus with sherry & vermouth, or one of the other five cocktails on the menu ($11.95 each). This south of the border eatery is well worth a visit. —CASSIE KREITNER
Cafe El Presidente | 30 West 24th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves.) | 212-242-3491