A Mexican Pick-Me-Up

A Mexican Pick-Me-Up

Cafe El Presidente

To me, a good cup of Joe is a work of art, and not easy to come by, even in this city of endless-beverage-possibilities. So, at a recent breakfast at Cafe El Presidente, the cheery, casual Mexican café in the Flatiron District, I was happy to say I was indeed wowed by a rich mug of dark roast coffee, made by beans imported from Chiapas, a Southeastern region in Mexico known for its superb java beans and cacao. The morning drink kick-started an appetite that was satiated with a generous portion of what the restaurant calls eggs Americana: two perfectly turned sunny-side up eggs, nestled against three strips of lean, pasture-raised pork bacon, refried beans, and crispy, warm tortillas. The restaurant itself, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers a simple, friendly, homey authenticity, shelves on one side filled with oversized jars and cans of grocery items, simple square tables and chairs and brown-and-white tiled floors. You know this editor is hooked, when, upon leaving, she is trying to calculate if a large cup of coffee to go would make it to the office six blocks away while still being hot. 

» Cafe El Presidente, 30 W. 24th St., 212.242.3491