No. 56: Get Mexican Cooking Tips from Caracara

It's the next activity on our list of 100 things to do in Farmingdale.

Do you love the food at Farmingdale's newest Mexican restaurant ? Learn how to recreate it at home this week.

Caracara owners Tony Kathreptis and Peter Rousakis will be giving a cooking demonstration at the on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Residents must register for the event either at the library or online here.

The restaurant opened this past summer. According to Kathreptis, Caracara Mexican Grill is the only restaurant in Farmingdale serving authentic, upscale Mexican food. The main chef Richard Caruso has worked at Pelea Mexicana and Rosa Mexicano in Manhattan.

"This isn’t Tex-Mex," Kathreptis said. "Our chef puts a lot of preparation into his moles and all of our entrees are freshly-prepared. Our goal is to provide an intimate, authentic menu with crowd-pleasing favorites."

The owners spent six and a half months getting the restaurant ready, hiring a local artist design the restaurant's Frida Kahlo lighting portraits and a designer for the tequila lounge that features 45 premium tequilas. The restaurant has and has hosted a , bands and other events.

The owners say the table side guacamole, plaza tacos and enchiladas are the most popular items.

"We’re thrilled to be on Main Street in Farmingdale," Kathreptis said. "We did look at many other sites on the North Shore and South Shore, Hempstead Turnpike, and even Queens but we chose Farmingdale due to its history and reputation, due to Mayor Starkie’s vision plan of a resurgent Main Street and to fulfill a niche that didn’t exist."

Stay tuned for #55 next week- same time, same place.

Will you attend the cooking demonstration? Tell us in the comments.


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