Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A city obsessed.

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.

Cafe Habana
17 Prince Street (at Elizabeth Street)


Erin S. said... connect the banh mi and the corn, if you go to Num Pang (one of the sandwich places listed in the NY mag article--actually Cambodian sandwiches), they serve grilled corn with mayo, chili powder, and coconut...delish!

TKTC said...

Oh goodnight. As a flagrant Chicagoan with a Fort Greene crush, I've been dreaming about this corn for a year now. When I think about trips to New York, I have to know which night this will happen. It would be sad if I weren't validated by posts like this!

Meg Blocker said...

@Erin S.: Oh, Erin, such a good idea! I have to tell you - I seriously considered walking to Baoguette after I said goodbye to my friends - but restrained myself.

@TKTC: Flights are cheap right now - come to NYC! Weekends are quiet during the summer, you know...

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