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Casa Enrique

Restaurants, Mexican Long Island City
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas DoylePhotographs: Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas Doyle
Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas Doyle
Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas Doyle
Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas Doyle
Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas Doyle
Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas Doyle
Courtesy Casa Enrique/Nicholas Doyle

Time Out says

The owners of Bar Henry moved 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 sleek, gleaming white-painted spot features a garden out back and works from Queens artists.



Address: 5-48 49th Ave
New York
Cross street: between Vernon Blvd and 5th St
Transport: Subway: G to 21st St, 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5–11pm; Sat, Sun 11am–3:30pm, 5-11pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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4.8 / 5

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Talk about a gem!!! You can choose tinge seats on the communal table to seated at a private table. From the moment you sit down you know you're in for a treat. The little bowl of little poppers that are a restaurant secret are ADDICTABLE. The drink list has so much to offer & you can't go wrong with any drink you pick. The notch culinary talent at a reasonable price. We ended up ordering different foods so we can taste as much as possible. Strongly suggest the same if you visit. Others might not want to share because each dish is THAT good. Thinking we couldn't eat anymore when the dessert menu was placed on the table. How full we were was quickly forgotten & we decided to get the flan & tres leches. My favorite was the flan. Smooth, not too sweet. Just plan heaven on a dish. Easy to see why it is a Michelin rated restaurant. Easy to spend the day walking around Moma PS 1 & then dinner. Or brunch & grabbing a few drinks at the restaurants that sit all along the water. If you find the poppers secret...please do share!!!!! Enjoy!!!

a rarity among LIC restaurants is high quality food at reasonable prices. Casa Enrique is a great spot with fresh food and isn't too hard on the pocketbook


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.