First the Langos Truck brought Hungarian cheese bread to town, then Old Tibilisi (now open!) brought “Georgia’s original cheeseburst” to Bleecker Street, and now this: the grilled cheese mavens of Lower East Side spot Little Muenster are opening a pop-up dedicated to Nicaraguan cheese treats.
Today through September, Vanessa Palazio and Adam Schneider will be operating Little Nica out of their DUMBO location. The house speciality is the quesillo, a Nicaraguan street food made from handmade corn tortillas, semi-soft cow’s milk cheese, pickled onions and crema. In this taco-crazed city, the handheld cones, often served in plastic baggies, are even harder to find than a good pupusa. But Vanessa, whose family hails from Nicaragua, is hoping to expand New Yorkers’ horizons by offering the quesadilla-esque tubes with fillings like smashed avocado, slow-roasted pulled pork, and braised beef tongue.
As of now, the pop-up is only at Little Muenster’s “Tiny Takeout” joint at 145 Front Street, but who knows, maybe that new cheesy competition on the Lower East Side will inspire them to open one there, too.
Here’s the menu.