Dish No. 100: Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla at Zaragoza Grocery


Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road’s handy list of some of our favorite dishes — old standbys and new finds alike — compiled daily.

Today’s pick: the flor de calabaza (squash blossom) quesadilla ($3.50) at Zaragoza Grocery in the East Village.

Zaragoza Grocery has evolved into a taqueria-bodega hybrid — a narrow space; shelves stocked with hot sauce; a refrigerated case of beer and soda; a counter where you can order tacos, tortas, tamales, and quesadillas; and a few tables squeezed into the back.

The vegetarian quesadilla stuffed with flor de calabaza oozes white cheese under its slick of incendiary red salsa, salty cotija, and squirt of crema. Inside the toasted tortilla, the stretchy cheese is embedded with the squash blossoms, mildly sweet and vegetal, with a texture like limp asparagus.

Zaragoza Grocery
215 Avenue A