Casa Enrique

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casa enrique
Long Island City
The owners of Bar Henry branch out to Queens with this 40-seat Mexican eatery, specializing in the regional cuisine of Cintalapa, Chiapas. Brothers Cosme and Luis Aguilar, the chef and GM respectively, pay homage to their late mother with traditional plates, including some based on her recipes, such as chicken mole and cochinito chiapaneco (guajillo-marinated baby pork ribs). The white-painted spot features a garden and works from Queens artists.
Venue name: Casa Enrique
Contact:
Address: 5-48 49th Ave
New York
11101
Cross street: between Vernon Blvd and 5th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat, Sun 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: G to 21st St, 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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Christa Sully
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A friend recommended this restaurant to me when I told her I was going to MoMa PS 1, letting me know that it's the only Michelin starred Mexican restaurant in NY (I'm sure that won't be for long with Cosme now in the mix).


The restaurant was full on a Saturday night with seating at the bar, so my date and I took the seats and ordered margaritas (I was scolded when I said I wanted wine..rightfully so). I found the Chimbombo (awesome name) refreshing with a slight kick and the grapefruit margarita was good too.


This food was definitely way better than your average Mexican joint or Rosa Mexicana. The guac was fresh and served with really addicting house-made chips; the al pastor and fish tacos were great; and the chicken mole.... DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING THE MOLE. It is a must-order, and the best mole I've ever had. 


I'm not sure how often I would travel to LIC for this restaurant, but I would consider planning a LIC night around it or coming here after a day in Astoria. Prices are reasonable too.