Nov. 16, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
The Michelin ratings for 2017 were leaked early, and this year only one Queens restaurant made the cut.
Eater NY released the list a few days earlier than expected, and LIC standby Casa Enrique, known for its authentic Mexican food, maintained its position on the list of the top 77 restaurants throughout the city to be awarded a Michelin star. This is the third year running it has received a coveted star.
According to the leaked list, Casa Enrique, located at 5-48 49th Avenue, is the only Queens restaurant to make the cut this year. M. Wells Steakhouse was awarded a star in both 2015 and 2016, but was bumped off this year’s list.
Though the official report from Michelin has not yet been released, last year the guidebook wrote of Casa Enrique, “One can literally taste the regions and cities that Chef Cosme Aguilar’s amazingly complex menu explores-including his own childhood recipes to honor his mother’s memory. A steady stream of hungry diners seeks out this rather small, tasteful dining room for friendly yet professional service and soul-warming fare.”
Casa Enrique is owned by Winston Kulok and his wife, Carole Bergman Kulok, who opened the restaurant in 2012. They also own Café Henri, a French bistro located nearby.
For the Eater article, click here.
This restaurant is great. Good for them!
Congrats on your FOOD! Well deserved. I will still keep coming even if you have no door. Real Mexican in LIC. keep up the great work!
Boy they really give these awards out in the past few years like candy.
It used to be the exterior of the restaurant looked as nice as the interior instead now this place looks like Enrique’s out house. Look at the door on this place it looks like they found it under the bridge.
Fortunately, Michelin grades restaurants on their food, not their doors.
They really are truly extraordinary and definitely deserve it
Good place, my favorite by far overall in LIC.
Hopefully it will keep the kind of people who use Michelin to decide where to eat out of queens.
That is a dumb and immature blanket statement.