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New Taqueria el Illegal in Sunnyside/Woodside

K. McB. | Dec 24, 2002 09:50 AM

They had been working on this place (48th Avenue @ 45th Street) for what seemed like six months and we were going crazy, passing it every day, waiting, drooling. We tried not to scratch on the glass. At last, it’s open. It’s far more attractive than most Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood (it looks somewhat like Taco Fiesta, but without the open kitchen), and does not have that feel of being primarily a bar for men (though our young hottie waitress did wear the local uniform of micro-miniskirt and heels). Maybe it was just too small to fit a bar.

We had a great meal there this weekend, despite a wait of half an hour for our lunch to arrive. Tried not to fill up too much on the blue corn chips and fresh-tasting salsa verde. Enchiladas in a mole poblano sauce was quite subtle, with really smooth flavors. Very lightly sauced. Enchiladas were topped with a little salad and crema. Black beans that came with were delicious. I don’t do any cartwheels for Mexican rice so as much as can be said is that it was fine. Carnitas entrée was served on a Fiestaware-looking plate encircled with rice, beans, a chopped--not smooth-—guacamole (avocado, onion, cilantro) and pico de gallo. Tastiest Mexican food I’ve had in the neighborhood and I can’t wait to try more of the menu. Chances are the kitchen will get it together once they get going.

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