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    Stacy's Picks: Casa Enrique

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    Recently, a few of us gathered together to celebrate Stefan Beckman’s birthday. We went out to Casa Enrique, the only Michelin-rated Mexican restaurant in the 5 boroughs, and it did not disappoint!

    I had recently ventured to Casa Enrique for my eldest daughter’s birthday, and when asked where we should go for Stefan’s birthday, I didn’t hesitate to suggest the Long Island City gem. From appetizer to dessert, Casa Enrique is absolutely delectable!

    First off, the space itself is understated, but cute. The front of the restaurant looks like a bit of a whole in the wall, while the interior is all decked out in white. There is also a back patio that is perfect for the warmer months.

    We started our meal with the guacamole, which you can order mild or spicy, which is a great option, especially with kids. The real stars of the appetizers, however, were the ceviche and the fried oysters with chili mayo. The fish of the evening was fluke, and the ceviche was so fresh, it was like the start of summer all over again! The favorite drink of the night was the Sweet Bell Pepper Margarita.

    For my entrée, I had the Carne Asada, which was a skirt steak marinated in tequila with roasted poblano peppers and beans. It was delicious, and I definitely recommend it! Some other crowd pleasers included the lamb shank braised in chili pulla, huajes, and epazote, the brisket, chorizo and pork tacos, and, especially, the mole. Casa Enrique is known for their mole sauce, and now I know why! Both spicy and sweet, made with dry peppers, almonds, raisins, plantain, sesame seeds and chocolate, it is not to be missed.

    To finish the meal, we ordered the Pastel Tres Leches, a sweet and dense sponge cake made with made of three kinds of milk, goat milk caramel, as well as the Mexican Chocolate Pot de Crème, which was Mexican chocolate custard with homemade whipped cream, cinnamon and Maria cookies. Both desserts were truly special and perfect for a special dinner. 

    Casa Enrique is located at 5-48 49th Ave. Long Island City, Queens, NY.

    Photos via Yelp


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