On Monday, the owners of Tacombi at Fonda Nolita and La Brisa in Montauk will open a 6,500-square-foot food complex on West 24th Street, complete with a taqueria called Tacos Madison, as well as a tortilleria and a Veracruz-style coffee bar. The idea is that Cafe El Presidente will feel like a traditional Mexican market, where customers can visit different little shops and bars. Luis Aguilar, the head chef at Fonda Nolita, will produce tortillas made of beetroot, calabaza, nopal, yuca both corn and flour styles. Jason DeBriere, most recently of now-closed Peels, will head up the brunch menu.
There's more to look forward to: Cafe El Presidente will host a rotating roster of celebrity "taqueros," like a cochinita master from Mérida and a tamale expert from Chiapas. And in a few months, a seafood restaurant called Mariscos Madison will open on the lower level.
Cafe El Presidente, 30 W 24th St., 646-429-8284