NYC – 7/21/14 – Empellon Taqueria

When I’m traveling I seem to get asked a lot what my favorite New York restaurants are. Inevitably I struggle to answer because with an endless stream of new places opening there is often never time to re-visit those that I really like. But I really do have favorites and this is certainly one. I’ve been a huge fan of Empellon Taqueria since it opened and everything Alex Stupak has done since. I had been wanting to get to the monthly taco tastings for a while but it just never worked out. So glad I finally did. Loved them all but the crushed fava bean was definitely my favorite! The lighting is not photo friendly though.

Guacamole (2nd in NYC only to that at Empellon Cocina)

Crushed fava beans, charred pole bean


Smoked salmon, cucumber, toasted almond, purslane, mezcal


Eggplant, sun gold and gooseberry salsa, papalo, chipotle mayo


Lamb’s quarters, rabbit, avocado green goddess dressing


Broccoli and huanzontles, pimento cheese, chicken chicharrones


Duck ‘Moo Shu’, sour plum salsa, celtuce


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