Thanks to his drive, for the first time a Latino restaurant in New York was awarded a Michelin star. His intention is for the Big Apple to know traditional Mexican cuisine exactly as it is. 

Chef Cosme Aguilar

Cosme started to develop his liking for the culinary arts as a child in his native state of Chiapas. His mother gave him a passion for cooking, and together with his aunts and sister, he learned to prepare the region’s traditional dishes.

He went to the United States in 1998 and started to work at the bottom rung in a French restaurant. Years later his brother Luis suggested they open a Mexican restaurant. Cosme had his doubts because his professional experience was in French cuisine, but he saw it as an opportunity to reconnect with the flavors of his birthplace.

Casa Enrique opened its doors in 2012 and quickly became one of the best restaurants in Long Island City in Queens. The chef decided to offer dishes that are 100% Mexican, avoiding fusions, and thus offering the true traditional cuisine of our country.

In 2015 the restaurant received its first Michelin star, the top culinary award in the world. The editors of the Michelin Guide claim that it serves the best mole in New York. As a result of this distinction, its popularity has grown exponentially. And it’s not in vain that the restaurant received a Michelin star again in 2016. 

Almost all the recipes we have here are from my family. My mother was a very good cook who had a restaurant in Chiapas before I was born
Cosme Aguilar