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5 de Mayo Mexican Restaurant in Westbury is the new name of what used to be La Casa Latina. Roberto Herrera, executive chef-owner, said he changed the focus, as well as the name, of the former pan-Latin restaurant because many of his customers were more familiar with a Mexican repertoire. Still, Herrera added, you can get any of the dishes from the old menu on request.
Steak is a good bet here, since Herrera brings to Westbury years of experience as executive chef at Bryant & Cooper in Roslyn. You'll find a New York strip steak marinated with guajillo chile and tequila ($19.50) and a grilled skirt steak with onions and roasted peppers ($22.95). Also on the menu: shrimp ceviche ($11.50), a chicken or beef taco platter featuring handmade corn tortillas ($11), vegetable enchiladas ($12.50), paella ($19.50), pork carnitas burrito ($14.50) and skewered shrimp ($10.50). Chile poblano, a whole roasted poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and vegetables ($14.50), is available on weekends only.
5 de Mayo Restaurant is at 611 Old Country Rd., Westbury, 516-280-7795.