A mechanical bull and tequila bar may draw a party crowd to Long Beach’s new Cancun Mexican Restaurant, but the place clearly offers more than Margaritas and mojitos.
The restaurant represents the culinary collaboration of co-owning chef Alfredo Leyva and Pedro Luna, both of whom own Mexican eateries in Queens. Their menu, which offers both authentic Mexican dishes and crowd-pleasers, includes such choices as guacamole prepared tableside in a molcajete, or stone mortar ($10), ceviche ($12), fajitas — skirt steak, chicken, shrimp or mixed – ($16-$20), lengua de res (beef tongue) tacos (3 for $12), mole poblano, or chicken breast in mole sauce ($16) and huachinango a la diabla, or filet of red snapper in creamy chipotle sauce ($18).
Beverage director and manager Frank Pollack says that the place infuses its liquors with such fresh ingredients as cucumbers, jalapeño, strawberry and basil.
Cancun Mexican Restaurant (situated in the former digs of Serata South) is at 777 W. Beech St., Long Beach, 516-889-0039, cancunlb.com.