Dish no. 83: Spiked horchata from Cafe el Presidente (30 West 24th Street, 212-242-3491)
There are lots of great reasons to visit the Tacombi group’s latest massive outpost in Flatiron, including outrageously crispy tortilla chips and locally roasted Mexican café. But no matter your order, don’t miss the spiked horchata. This traditional Mexican beverage tastes just like liquid rice pudding because it’s made from the same ingredients: rice, cinnamon, sugar, and water. The rice is strained out, though, so you get all of the sweet cinnamon flavor without the heaviness of pudding. Dark rum blends smoothly into the saccharine concoction, making this the perfect dessert drink for when you’re finished pounding shrimp tacos and rich cups of Mexican corn esquites.
In advance of our 2014 Best of NYC issue, we’re traipsing through the boroughs and divulging our favorite dishes of the year. They’re presented here as a countdown, but we’re listing them in no particular order. Consider this a guide to what’s good to eat in this town right this very second.