First Look at Cafe El Presidente, the Tacombi Team’s New Flatiron Food Complex

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Tacos al Pastor. Photo: Liz Clayman

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.

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Tacos Carne Asada.Photo: Liz Clayman


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A taco with seared fresh Montauk sea bream.Photo: Liz Clayman


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The Paloma, Spiked Sandia, and Piña Colada.Photo: Melissa Hom


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The cement-style floor got imported from Mérida, Yucatán.Photo: Liz Clayman


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The open kitchen boasts the city's longest continuous taco bar, and you can order directly from line cooks.Photo: Liz Clayman

Cafe El Presidente, 30 W 24th St., 646-429-8284