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Rarely have the earthy, spicy, and complex flavors of southern Mexican been so forcefully presented on a plate. The massive lamb shank served at Long Island City newcomer Casa Enrique is itself full of strong, meaty flavors. Is it really mutton?
The shank arrives long-braised in a huaxmole containing dried red pulla chiles, fresh epazote, and huaje seeds. Served with yellow rice, black beans, and warm tortillas, it’s easily enough food for two people and delicious.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 16, 2012