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Amazing Mexican (with a great pedigree)


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Amazing Mexican (with a great pedigree)

eman | Aug 29, 2004 09:44 AM

EL Jarro Cafe, 45-02 48 Ave, Woodside, NY 11377, 718-392-2161 (just blocks from the 46th st 7 train station)

We went to 2 month old El Jarro Cafe in Woodside last night and it was fab! Don't be disuaded by your first glance at the menu (which might lead you to believe your at "just another mexican restaurant"), there's treasure to be found in every category. The chef used to be the sous chef and then chef at El Teddy's in Manhattan and has now partnered with a former co-worker and their wives (part of the real genius I suspect) and they're now making a great mix of traditional Mexican dishes that are just superb.

We started with a seasonal specialty "poblano en Nogales", a stuffed poblano chile (a succlent pork/dried fruit/nut combo) in a walnut/creme fresh/cheese/pommegranite sauce... yummy! Alongside this we also sampled 2 Quesadillas Tradicionales, 1 Tinga (shredded meat), 1 Flor de Calabaza (squash blossom) as well as a Ceviche de Veracruz, all were sublime. For entrees wetried the Pollo con mole poblano which was the best Mole Poblano I've had in NY and the Enchilada Verde con Pollo (green tomatilo sauce), both of which were wonderful. We finished off with the only dessert offered "tres leches" which was fantastico! Sadly they haven't gotten their espresso machine yet.

The restaurant is BYOB and the prices ridiculously modest for this level of cooking, quesadillas were $2 each, ceviche $5 and the most expensive entree was $9.75. We daringly brought the makings of margaritas and they were happy to provide the glasses/shaker and ice.

The restaurant is decorated in a simple attractive fashion and the service was great. The only negative was the tv which was on and running a telemundo game show during our visit. On the bright side when the chef came out to ask us how everything was, I did mention they may want to try music in the evenings instead of tv and he readily agreed. TV or no TV, we'd go back anytime!

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