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This is the president of taco places

The Tacombi and Fonda Nolita team has taken its laid-back, beachy Mexican stylings uptown to the Flatiron District with Cafe El Presidente, a Mexican culinary complex right around the corner from Eataly that's doing tacos, coffee, booze, more tacos, and juices in a '50s beach club-inspired hall of deliciousness.

This place is massive. The bar, juice bar, and coffee are all up front and the taco counter (known as Tacos Madison) overlooks the open kitchen in back.

One of those things it overlooks in the open kitchen is the vertical spit loaded with pork and topped with a pineapple that drips its glorious juices onto the meat, making the tacos al pastor a go-to move.

Fish tacos? Also not a bad move. This is the fried joint, which is Alaskan cod in a light beer batter with roasted poblano mayo and slaw. They've also got a fresh North Carolina shrimp option topped with pickled cabbage and habanero salsa, plus a seared porgy from Montauk.

The base of all their tacos is built right here, in house, on the tortilla machine -- they've got everything from flour, corn, and blue corn to beet root and sweet potato. Eventually you'll be able to pick up a sack to go.

Once you've got a plate stacked high with muchos tacos, refresh yourself with cocktails like a Chelada, a Smoked Coke (Coke Classico with mezcal and bitters), or a paloma. Or all three. Actually, yeah, get all three.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and he wishes somebody would make a cheeseburger taco. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.