Café El Presidente

Restaurants, Mexican Flatiron
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 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Tacos at Cafe El Presidente

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Fish tacos at Cafe El Presidente

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Birrie de jalisco at Cafe El Presidente

 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Pork-belly tacos at Cafe El Presidente

The Tacombi team crams more elements into this Mexican canteen than would fit in an overstuffed burrito: The hybrid eatery pulls quadruple duty as a Veracruz-style coffeeshop, a tortilleria, a taqueria and a seafood restaurant. In the mornings, find made-to-order juices (strawberry-papaya, pineapple-ginger) at a juice bar, and La Antigua–brand java (café con leche, cortados) at the coffee station. An in-house tortilleria produces organic flour and corn wraps, swaddling tacos filled with carne asada and barbacoa-style beef. Peels alum Jason DeBriere rolls out a locavore seafood menu at night, highlighting Montauk catches in dishes like a colima crujiente (pollack seared in mustard-butter sauce).


Venue name: Café El Presidente
Address: 30 W 24th St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 7am–midnight; Fri, Sat 7am–2am
Transport: Subway: F, M, N, R to 23rd St
Price: Average taco: $4. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Christa Sully

Love this place, but I'm also a huge fan of everything Tacombi. Definitely my favorite casual Mexican place in the city. 

In an area lacking of good mid-priced food, Cafe El Presidente definitely fits the bill and the place is massive with a huge open kitchen in the back. I do wish the bar area was bigger, but they get the job down. 

Do not leave without ordering a massive plate of guac and several tacos. Just me, you will not regret it. And might as well go for a pitcher of margaritas while you're at it. 

Will P

This restaurant is always a great place to go out after work.  The wait can be long but the crispy fish tacos, guacamole and margaritas never disappoint!

Tayo O

This restaurant features nine different taco options ranging from al pastor and crispy fish to vegetarian such as the maiz and poblano. Although there is not much on the menu, what is there packs a big punch. Do not be fooled by the small size of house made tortillas, one taco is plenty filling, especially if paired with the guacamole and chips! Although it is called the Cafe El Presidente, the restaurant itself houses a juice bar, plentiful seating and an oversized open kitchen format including a tortilleria.

Not a table in the building skipped the Guac and Chips so naturally we ordered a tray as well. The fresh chips were delicious and Tacombi makes sure to give you a healthy portion of guacamole. Whether you go for a quick drink or a group dinner, I suggest this make your order. My group went with a divide and conquer method to try and sample as many different tacos as possible. Trust me in this one, no matter which combination you choose you are sure to be pleased.

Tacombi is all about staying true to authentic Mexican culture. The space is vibrant and full of life and the food is made fresh and with love. With three locations within New York City (Nolita, Flatiron, and Gansevoort Market) as well as availability on Seamless, this delicious cuisine is never far out of reach.