AAA Inspection Details
Overall Score: 3.1
Trendy food skillfully presented in a remarkable setting.
Presentation, Ingredients, Preparation, Menu
Attentiveness, Knowledge, Style, Timeliness, Refinement
Style, Materials, Tables, Seating, Ambience, Comfort
Exceptional food here in a casual setting makes for a spot that gets high marks for the stuff that really matters.
AAA Inspector Notes
In prime Long Island City, near to Manhattan, this authentic eatery excels in serving traditional family recipes earning them a loyal following of those who savor top-notch, quality Mexican food. This energized hotspot has a clean white interior, which allows you to focus on the expertly prepared favorites like mole enchiladas, ceviche de pescado and lamb shank braised in chili. With casual but diligent service and a humble whitewashed decor, the food is what carries the show here. There is a lively bar area but also smaller more romantic tables for couples on a back covered patio. Fresh ingredients and deep rich flavors give a complexity to the traditional Southern Mexican inspired cooking which is robust. Chef Cosme Aguilar, a native of Chiapas, the southernmost region of Mexico, livens it up with unapologetically spicy chili accents that add explosive high notes. The three homemade salsa choices that come with a meal can add a combustible fuel to the fire, to pair nicely with a fine selection of specialty regional tequilas for the true adventure seeker.
5-48 49th Ave 11101. Station: Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av
Casual Dining. Lunch and dinner served. Full bar, patio dining. Accessibility (Call).