Chamorro de Borrego at Casa Enrique, Dish #62


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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.

Casa Enrique
5-48 49th Avenue
Long Island City, Queens

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