The Underground Churros Scene


The stale trail mix, dusty soda cans, and pre-Cold War candy bars sold at newsstands — alongside nudie mags and Kardashian-loaded celebrity rags — pretty much make up the subway’s food scene.

But deep inside the 59th and Lexington station, where the 4,5, and 6 lines meet the N/Q/R, a sumptuous surprise awaits.

During rush hour most days, a vendor — who declined to be named, interviewed, or photographed — sells stacks of churros on the N/Q/R platform.

The Spanish sweet snacks — if you’re unfamiliar with them, think chewy, funnel-cake sticks with a splash of salted butter and sprinkling of sugar — cost 50 cents apiece. The outside has a crisp chewiness, and the inside is fluffy and moist. A hint of cinnamon lends subtle nuttiness to the doughnutty dessert.

The churros don’t come hot, and their grease level does merit a napkin. Still, they stand on their own in terms of flavor and quality — not just because the kiosk options miss the mark. These churros are gorge-worthy. And, unlike most things you unexpectedly encounter in the subway — rats, syringes, foam-mouthed crazies — these churros can’t cause bodily harm, save for a bellyache if you eat too many.

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