Luna de Juarez - 25-98 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103
N/W Train to 30th Avenue
N/W Train to 30th Avenue
Dan and I paid an impromptu visit to Luna de Juarez last night, after my intense craving for Mexican food. We were famished after a hectic day of shopping and needed something filling to tide us over. The food not only satiated us, it was absolutely delicious and came at a great value. Here are some of the dishes that we tried:
Mole Chicken Enchiladas - This is my favorite type of enchilada because it uses dark chocolate in the mole sauce. The last time I had it was in Austin and it was pretty phenomenal. Luna's version proved to be a fierce competitor with a smoky flavor and significant kick. The delicious white chicken meat that was nestled inside the tortillas was perfectly shredded and seasoned. I was also able to choose two sides with my enchiladas and so I picked tostones and refried beans--both solid. If you like fried plantains, you'll love tostones.
Soft Chicken Tacos - Dan ordered this and it was also excellent. The portion was gargantuan and reminded me of a fajita platter. I liked it slightly better than my mole enchiladas because it was milder. The chicken was tender and seasoned nicely, and the yummy fixins such as fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and grilled onions further dressed this plate. Dan prepared each taco with care and he was able to get about 8-10 small servings out of the entire portion. If this isn't a great deal, I don't know what is.
Margarita - One of his beloved drinks of all time, Dan ordered a frozen lime margarita. He said that similarly to the food, it was of great quality and significant size.
Service and Cost:
The service was outstanding. As soon as we walked in, we were welcomed by a personable host who seated us and even held my coat while I got situated. Throughout our meal, the excellence and attentiveness continued--when I accidentally dropped my knife, it was replenished within seconds, without me having to ask.
Besides the lovely waitstaff, there was a boisterous mariachi band that played for about a half hour. They livened up the atmosphere and made our experience even more fun.
Luna de Juarez offers competitive prices. For the dinner that I just described, we payed about $36 without tip. The enchiladas were $15, the chicken tacos cost $13 and the margarita was $6. Not too shabby considering the generous portions that were enjoyed.