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Casa Enrique

5-48 49th Ave. (Vernon Blvd.) Send to Phone
Mexican fare worth the trip to Long Island City.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Casa Enrique Restaurant Review

: Chef Cosme Aguilar might be from Chiapas, but the menu at this Long Island City eatery travels throughout Mexico plucking from whatever is good to eat. Packed on most nights when many restaurants in the neighborhood are dismal and empty, Casa Enrique offers a festive atmosphere with affordable and generally well-executed fare. Skip the al pastor tacos as the meat is not cooked on a rotating spit and thus lacks the outer char of superior versions and get the juicy brisket tacos. Meatballs, a blend of lamb and brisket, contain a hidden jewel in the form of a hard-boiled egg. And pork ribs, coated in a tangy and spicy brown sauce, are fall-off-the-bone tender. Desserts are a bit of an afterthought so fill up on the savory stuff. Wine options by the glass are minimal but affordable and there are several variations on the margarita.
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