Dish no. 23: Nachos from Calexico (multiple locations)
It must be football season, because we’ve been on a real nacho kick. After scarfing a sheet tray’s worth at Taqueria Diana, we stumbled upon this platter at Calexico, a magnificently layered stack that fuels our guilty pleasure for the ballpark version of this snack thanks to the copious quantity of molten cheese sauce mixed with sour cream. Buried under all that dairy is roasted corn, black beans, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, and, if you’re so inclined, chicken or carne asada (we’d go carne asada, but that’s us.) The finishing glop of guacamole is chunky with avocados, adding both texture and verdant richness to the mix. Pair to a margarita for best results.
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.
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