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Empellon Taqueria

230 W. 4th St. (W. 10th St.) Send to Phone
212-367-0999 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Nothing tricky about this West Village taqueria from a former wd-50 pastry chef.

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Thurs.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Features
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Empellon Taqueria, New York, NY

Empellon Taqueria Restaurant Review

: Alex Stupak created a minor sensation when he announced he was leaving his position as pastry chef at the acclaimed, avant-garde wd-50 to open a --- wait for it --- taqueria in the West Village. And so he did, in the space long held by Chow Bar. There’s nothing tricky or “molecular” about the food at Empellon. The tacos are good and come in pairs of two or three (all of which are overpriced, but blame that on the high West Village rent, perhaps). The fish tempura tacos were done just right: light and flaky and accompanied by a crispy cabbage slaw (there are also lamb, chicken, lobster and tongue tacos). The almond and pumpkin salsas that come with each order might be the brightest spot at this very loud restaurant. The wine list is extensive and there are several Mexican beers on tap.
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