The first time I had churros was in Madrid, just off of the Plaza Mayor. I was meeting a friend who was studying in the city, and we decided this would be the best idea for an afternoon break. I don’t remember the name of the place, but it looked as if it had been there for about a hundred years, and had a kind of soft-around-the-edges quiet perfect for an afternoon snack of churros and hot chocolate.

Just the other day I stumbled across La Churreria in Soho/NoLita on Mulberry Street. Although relatively new, opened just at the end of December, there’s still a sense of old world comfort in this place, albeit a scrubbed subway tile and industrial lightning kind of old world. The place is tiny, maybe 10 people or so can sit comfortably, but perfect for a quiet afternoon.

I had the churros and hot chocolate, of course, and at $6 for 6 churros with a small chocolate it’s a pretty delicious bargain. I also had a glass of horchata for $2 — I’ll save you the story about the first time I had horchata, but La Churreria serves up a version just as good as the one I had in Valencia.

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