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Does anyone know where to get corn on a stick smothered with cheese (queso blanco) and chili powder as Jack Black was eating in Oaxaca in Nacho Libre?

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  1. pretty much any cuban restaurant has it. they have excellent grilled corn at cafe habana on prince at elizabeth street. it's grilled, coated in queso blanco, sprinkled with chili powder, and served with a wedge of lime. unfortunately, cafe habana is frequently crazily crowded. if you go before peak time you should be able to sit fairly quickly. their other food is very good, too.

    alternatively, westville also serves this kind of corn, but it is not very good.

    1. Cafe Habana has the to-go side which should be a bit faster.

      1. Get your bum down to the Red Hook ballfields on the weekend. A Latin food wonderland, and at least 2 of the vendors offer grilled corn with a dressing close to what you describe. Authentic and cheap.

        1. a great alternative to cafe habana is cafecito on ave c. their fried steak is fantastic! and great drinks too. often VERY crowded as well.

          1. If you're in Harlem, there's a guy who operates out of a shopping cart - he roasts the corn using coals in an aluminum tray and keeps the mayo/cheese in a cooler that he sits on between customers. Not exactly Cafe Habana level of ambience but it was the best elote I've ever had, and cheap! Last time I saw him he was at 116th/Lexington.

            1. http://www.gothamist.com/archives/200...

              gothamist covers elote. Personally, I like the mayo. It's not as good unless you need to use 20 napkins, a hose and a towel to clean up afterwards.

              1. BOIL/STEAM CORN NOT TO MUCH YOU WANT THE KERNALS TO STILL BE JUICY. COOL DOWN CORN JUST TO TOUCH, THEN SPREAD LIGHT LAYER OF MAYO, THEN QUESO, THEN THE MELTED BUTTER EASY TO USE THE ONE IN A SQUEEZE BOTTLE ROOM TEMPERATURE. THEN THE CHILE POWDER OR HOT SAUCE. THEN ENJOY

                1. Dont forget that Habana Cafe is also located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at the Lafayette C train stop right on Fulton Street. They show outdoor movies in the summer and have a blender bicycle for smoothies!!! 5 dollars if they peddle and 4 dollars if you do the job yourself!! Worth a visit to Brooklyn... They do composting classes and environmental education, the entire restaurant is solar powered.. and it is painted bright green!!! Which makes the "corn on a stick" even more enjoyable... Mmmmm....

                  1. Take the 1 train up to 181st Street, it'll drop you off on St Nicholas and either walk north or walk west, you'll find street vendors everywhere selling these on both sides of the street. Also mango on a stick, pineapple on a stick, churros, and those little meat patty things. Recently taco trucks and roaming vendors selling tamales have cropped up as well. It's a big Latin meld of Dominican, Puerto Rican and Mexican food. If you walk east one block, on the south west corner of the street is a good Dominican bakery. Tooth rottingly sweet icing and things, but good, dense syrupy bread pudding and some tasty savory things as well. The guava pastries are worth a try as well. Bring your Spanish or be conversant in the language of hand gestures, not a lot of English is spoken.

                    1. I tried this street-vendor delicacy for the first time recently at Bonita in Billyburg--delicious, but I'm interested to see how theirs compares to the Red Hook vendors of local lore.