75-02 Roosevelt Ave. Jackson Heights, 718-505-9090
(E F V R G or 7 trains to Roosevelt Ave. - it is across the street on the corner of 75 St. and Roosevelt Ave.)
- Delicious food, a definite improvement over neighboring Mexican joints
- attention to preparation and presentation
- attentive service
- charming and clean decor
Order (see below for description):
Pesole - (not on the menu but on a sign in the window, advertised as the "best pesole in town") - a hearty soup of giant white corn and shredded pork, served with a plate of shredded lettuce, carefully diced onions and radishes, and some sliced avocadoes
Cochinita Pibil - Marinated, roasted and shredded pork served on banana leaves with pickled red onions, cilantro and bean rice, salsa, and tortillas.
Total Bill: $20
Summary: Definitely worth checking out
This place opened a couple of months ago after undergoing what seemed like extensive renovations (the place used to be a sports bar/restaurant). I had been very hesitant to try them, they haven't cultivated much of a clientele yet and the place is usually not crowded. But, I read somewhere that they were worth trying, and I inspected their menu which looked promising. For example:
-> Chilpachole de Jaiba, a soup of Chile Guajillo broth and crab meat
-> Camarones Enchipotlados, sauteed shrimp in a dry smoked chipolte sauce
-> Crepas de Cajeta, handmade crepes served with a goat's milk caramel sauce
So today I finally gave them a try after searching in vain for the taco lady that used to be near Roosevelt and 65 St. (If anyone knows where she went I would appreciate it if you would share the info.)
I have been wanting to try Pesole for some time now and I am so glad I did. It came in a large bowl with a side plate of diced onions, julienned radishes, shredded lettuce, sliced avocadoes and two wedges of lime. I'm not sure how it is suppose to be eaten, but I squeezed the lime into the soup and dump in the veggies (except the avocado). It was full of flavor and definitely a comfort food item.
My lunch companion ordered Cochinita Pibil. It came out looking beautiful on a big plate with fuschia colored pickled onions scattered on top of succulent pieces pork (which was coated in some sauce I can't identify) on banana leaves with a molded mound of cilantro black bean rice and a little dish of freshly diced salsa and on the side a basket of warmed tortillas.
All in all, I am glad I tried the place and would definitely return with friends. Although it is slightly more expensive (most entrees are about 10 bucks) than the other Mexican places on Rooselvelt it has a more interesting menu and the chef pays much more attention to the food.