In New York, most vendors of Puerto Rican piraguas and Dominican raspados measure out thin, rainbow-colored pours from bottles capped with narrow spouts. This Mexican vendor, by contrast, employs wide-mouthed jars and a ladle. As a consequence his flavorings can be more syrupy and less easily diluted, even when applied to a heap of hand-shaved ice. Shown: guava (chico, $2).
Cart on West 26th St. near South Central Park Ave., Chicago
(From a June 2016 visit)