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Oct 1, 2007 07:31 AM

Mexican Find in Sleepy Hollow

We ate this weekend at a new restaurant in Sleepy Hollow called Que Chula es Puebla. Coincidentally, it's right across the street from the sort-of-hard-to-find Greek restaurant recently touted here. My husband, who has been spending a good bit of time in Mexico during the last several years (for business purposes, and eating with Mexican associates,) declares it truly authentic.

The menu is more varied than other restaurants around and the meals we ate very tasty and nearly universally successful. We were a group of four and we ate "dinner" type dishes for the most part (as opposed to tacos, sopes, tortas, etc.) We started out sharing guacamole (made at tableside to order in a molcajete) and quesito fundido: very good. -- And, by the way, pursuant to other recent posts about NR, there were tortilla chips and a decent, tho tame, salsa gratis. The entrees were pollo al tequila (half a chicken with a mix of vegetables in a tequila based sauce,) mixiote de pollo (steamed in parchment with a guajillo and pasilla sauce,) a shrimp, scallop and lobster brochette (shrimp and scallops were cooked perfectly, lobster was tough,) and a combo plate of beef flautas and chile relleno (chile, stuffed with cheese, was deemed bland.) The chicken dishes were VERY tasty. Beers and sangria are available: there is a big bar, but I'm not sure if they have a more comprehensive liquor license. They've apparently only been open 3 months.

All of us are eager to go back and try other items from the extensive menu. By the way, they have both lunch and dinner menus -- the lunch one, not surprisingly, featuring more tacos and tortas.

Their address is 180 Valley St., Sleepy Hollow.

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  1. Thanks - we saw that on our trip to the Greek place and wondered about it!

    1. We've seen this restaurant too - we wandered there after eating at Valley Pollo, and the staff practically came chasing after us to see if we were coming in for a meal - it looked pretty empty. We just wanted a look at the menu and the pricing; the prices looked a bit high, which we figured had something to do with why the restaurant was pretty deserted.

      What did you think of the prices?

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      1. re:

        We thought the prices very reasonable for the types of food we got. Pollo al tequila: $12.50. Mixiote de pollo: 14.25. Flecha jarocha (seafood brochette): 18.25. The only items on the menu over $20 are a couple of paellas with shellfish, and they're $21.50 and 22.50. While it's not a "luxe" restaurant, it does have tablecloths, etc., and is clearly not intended as a workmen's lunch place. They were not full when we were there, but they did have a lot of tables taken, with a mix of types.

      2. Thanks for another great tip for Sleepy Hollow... now I have two new places to go next weekend!

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        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          Has anyone tried Cancun in Sleepy Hollow? I first heard about it about 2 years ago from one of the people working at Paleteria Fernandez, in Port Chester. They said their friends were opening it and it was going to be primarily focused on Yucateca regional dishes. However, I never got the chance to try it and haven't heard of it in a long time. Is it there? If so, and if anyone has tried it... how does it compare to Que Chula, I wonder?

          (Westjanie - thanks for the tip on this place... another place I need to try now!)

          1. re: adamclyde

            From our brief drive around Sleepy Hollow looking for the Greek place, it looked like there were a number of Mexican places to check out, as well as one unnamed place that had large photos of roasted chickens in the window - made me wonder if it might be a Peruvian place.

            1. re: adamclyde

              Que Chula is located where Cancun used to be. We tried Cancun a few times and enjoyed it, but it didn't last long. I don't know if there is any connection between Que Chula and the previous owners.

          2. My sister and I went to Que Chula tonight and had a great time! The wait staff is so nice, and we really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere (casual, but cute decor, and got more crowded as it got later!). The standard table-side guac was consumed with much gusto, and our main dishes were well prepared-- my chicken enchiladas were moist and flavorful. Beans and rice, warm tortillas, horchata, the whole 9 yards, a very great place to have locally-- convenient from Ossining. I will be back frequently. Oh, and the fried ice cream is flamed up at the table with Bacardi 151, which makes for a show, but leaves quite the aftertaste on the ice cream! :-)

            Again, glad this review was posted. Seems between Que Chula and Santorini, there's plenty of good eats on Valley Street.

            Oh, our meal was about $50 for 2 w/tip, which I think is very reasonable considering the portion size and how yummy the food was!

            Que Chula es Puebla
            180 Valley St, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

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            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              We took friends there last night (they have a place in Mexico, so know good food when they find it). Had the Botanita appetizer plate (perfect sharing for four), and the Ceviche (very good balance of lime/garlic/onion taste). Had a diverse bunch of entrees: Pork Tamales (very yummy and filling); Chicken in Cherry/Almond sauce (kind of like Mexican Sweet/Sour Chicken) - not great, but just fine; Chicken in Tequila Sauce (very yummy, lots of veggies); and the Chula mixed plate (tamale, sope and an enchilada). All very tasty, with four couple of beers, horchata, two glasses of red wine and a margarita (not a particularly great one) was about $70 a couple with the tip. We'd made dessert for us to share at home, so we didn't get to try that flaming ice cream. We'd go back for sure. Popped into the Greek place across the way and definitely want to try that, too. Both places reasonably busy, with two groups of 8 (families) at Chula, so hopefully that'll stick and help them be successful. Waitstaff very gracious, talked about Puebla with our friends who've been there a few times, etc.

              Nancy in Ossining

            2. I've been back to Que Chula a bunch of times since I first went in October, and I'm sad to report that the last two times we went, the service was extremely slow. I completely appreciate having to wait for carefully prepared, delicious food, but a few weeks ago we took a group of friends and the whole dinner eating experience (no dessert) took 3 hours. My boyfriend and I were really embarrassed-- the wait was no longer funny after hour 2. I love, love the food, and the staff is so nice, but they really need to get their act together in the kitchen.