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Cinco de Mayo may have passed, but you can still get into the spirit with a meal at Chavella’s in Prospect Heights.

Arturo Leonar and his fiancee Desiree Detoy opened the restaurant three months ago as a place for Leonar to showcase his culinary talent. Previously, he cooked for 15 years at Calle Ocho in Manhattan under Alex Garcia, who helped popularize Nuevo Latino cooking.

Unlike that hybrid, Leonar’s cuisine is “truly authentic,” he said. “We offer a taste of all the regions of Mexico.”

One can spot the three-month old Chavella’s by the diminutive eatery’s bright green and yellow tiled facade. Inside the 20-seat dining room, with brick and deep red walls, patrons can sit around the simple wooden tables and enjoy “chile rellenos” made with mild, roasted poblano peppers that are filled with creamy queso fresco cheese and served with a light tomato sauce, beans and rice. The hefty green enchiladas come with chicken or cheese and are topped with either mole (a spicy Mexican sauce that sometimes includes chocolate) or green sauce. There are just two house made desserts: flan and rice pudding, creamy and sweet. Until their wine and beer license is granted, it’s BYOB.

Chavella’s (732 Classon Ave., between Park and Prospect places in Prospect Heights) accepts cash only. Entrees: $7–$12. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Subway: C to Franklin Avenue; 2 and 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. For information, call (718) 622-3100.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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