Taco trucks line Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights as the 7 train rumbles overhead, so it’s fitting to find New York City’s sole Michelin-starred Mexican spot at the International Express’ first stop outside Manhattan. Cosme Aguilar’s menu includes such favorites as the earthy pork and hominy soup pozole and enchiladas de pollo en salsa verde. Chamorro de borrego al huaxamole—tender lamb shank braised in ruddy sauce of chili pulla, huajes and epazote—eats like South of the Border ossobuco. And the tacos, including one stuffed with slow-cooked cow tongue, are cradled in house-made tortillas.
New York’s crop of Long Island City restaurants has been steadily improving for years, with notable projects from the M. Wells team, the addition of a high-profile noodle joint serving some of the best ramen NYC has to offer and, of course, the staying power of Casa Enrique, one of the few Mexican restaurants in NYC with a Michelin star. Whether you’re craving one of the best burgers in New York or casually elegant pasta dishes, check out the best Long Island City restaurants in NYC.
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