Chipotle just opened a location that features menu items you can’t find anywhere else.
Despite years of reluctance, Chipotle is finally testing queso. But you can only find it in one location: the chain’s only public test kitchen, which opened Monday in New York City.
In addition to queso, the location is also testing frozen margaritas and new salads.
Eager for answers and liquid cheese, we dashed to the nearby test kitchen.
The test kitchen, called Chipotle Next Kitchen, is in Manhattan on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 13th Street.
Wandering in, you’d think it’s just a run-of-the-mill Chipotle, complete with the standard fast-casual decor and the lunchtime rush.
But there’s one thing that you won’t find at any other Chipotle in the world: queso.
On first bite, the difference between this all-natural queso and the standard Tex-Mex variety is immediate. While the typical Velveeta-based dip is smooth and elastic in its cheesy richness, this cheddar-based version has a grainy texture more reminiscent of a roux-based sauce.
No Insta-worthy cheese pull here — the queso is viscous and texturally closer to a chowder than nacho cheese. However, that’s not necessarily an insult. The…