At the recently opened La Churreria in Nolita, the $6 combo buys five churros and a warming cup of thick, glossy hot chocolate. The churros are fried to order, twiggy and crisp all the way through. They lack any sort of textural contrast but are satisfying, finished with a bare dusting of sugar. We could use more sugar, or we could benefit from a lengthy dunk into the chocolate—which is how I prefer to take my churros. It's velvety and dark, easily clinging to the golden ridges; what you don't finish by dipping can be spooned up plain. Pair with a cup of earthy, sweet housemade horchata ($2) and that's one afternoon dessert that might pass as a meal in itself.
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About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.