It's no secret that New York is a city obsessed with food. Be it home-cooked, ordered-in, or eaten-at-a-restaurant, New Yorkers cannot stop talking about their latest food fascination. This year, the biggest trend has been for the affordable and the transportable: banh mi sandwiches.
Sometimes, though, an obsession makes it through the trend phase and winds up a classic. Such is the story of Café Habana's grilled corn. People wait in line for this corn; they eat it on sidwalks, gobble it up greedily, and order more.
Grilled in the husk, then shucked, covered in mayonnaise, rolled in cojita cheese and seasoned with cayenne and lemon juice, it's pretty much one of the best things you've ever tasted. A little sweet, a little rich, a little salty, a little tangy - it's like spicy dessert.
Haven't had it yet? Do it soon.
Oh, and - those of you not lucky enough to live within subway distance? Here's a recipe to make the corn at home.
17 Prince Street (at Elizabeth Street)