Casa Enrique – in LIC

Yes, you read that headline correctly – Casa Enrique is in Long Island City. At the behest of our friends we decided to expand reviews beyond Sunnyside – at least to the adjacent neighborhoods. So we are starting with the Mexican Casa Enrique on 49th ave by Vernon Boulevard.

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“Casa” means “house” in Spanish, and with that strategically designed awning, the restaurant does indeed give the appearance of a little house. The interior decor is a bit less  impressive though, with just one medium-sized white-walled room. The tables are crammed a bit close together and the acoustics are such that the ambient conversation noise unfortunately gets quite loud. They have a few large rectangular tables that are perfect for a big group.

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Unlike the typical Mexican restaurant, which would give chips and salsa, the complimentary appetizer here is this intriguing snack. I am not quite sure what it was – they look like cheesy puffs made out of styrofoam, but I don’t think it was actually cheese. They are a bit bland tasting but a bit addictive.

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The drink menu is full of a variery of cocktails, each a bit overpriced at $12.

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The food menu is not very extensive, but hits all the right spots. One of the appetizers is this $10 salad, with some atypical ingredients: beets, jicama, mint, and cheese. It pairs well with a lemon vinaigrette and is a refreshing take on salads.

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Now this is a serious octopus! This $9 appetizer features a huge tentacle, nicely garnished and with a side of potatoes. Very impressive  in both presentation and taste.

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Entrees range from $13 to $22 – certainly more expensive than the average in Sunnyside, but the restaurant does try to present itself as a bit more upscale. Enchiladas go for $14. Here we have the Enchiladas doe mole, thoroughly covered with the sauce. Each platter comes with three. They are good, and not quite as heavy a many others I’ve had (which is
good, because you feel satisfied, but not stuffed, after eating them).

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The Enchiladas the salsa verde were just as good as the mole ones. I liked the generous serving of avocados on top. The only disappointment was that none of this food was spicy.

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Finally we have the $16 Mole de Piaxtla, a traditional dish that serves the mole sauce over chicken and rice. It was good, but it’s a bit unclear as to why it’s more expensive than the enchiladas (more meat content perhaps)? Overall we had a great experience, but given the plethora of good Mexican food in Sunnyside, you don’t really need to venture out to LIC for this particular cuisine.

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One response to “Casa Enrique – in LIC

  1. mole is a very complex dish to make if you make the way it was meant to be, it involves a very long hours of preparation and of course a very intense labor and the way casa Enrique prepares such dish it makes the best mole in town ( that is way the price is higher than enchiladas

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