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Mexican food lovers in NYC should check out Empellón Cocina in the East Village, where acclaimed chef Alex Stupaks serves a "smart, inspired" take on Mexican classics. In 2011, Stupak opened Empellón Taqueria to rave reviews in West Village, and in early 2012 "tacoless" Empellón Cocina opened its doors. In a glowing NY Times review, Pete Wells sums up Empellón Cocina, 'At its best, Mr. Stupak’s cooking at Empellón Cocina resembles the food of Mexico the way a dream resembles life. Everything looks familiar, except that the light seems to be coming from a different direction, and did that river always run right through the bedroom?" "Flavor" takes center stage at the restaurant. "I couldn’t quite believe how much a spackle of bittersweet mole poblano paste had to offer roasted carrots, or what a lovely job yogurt did of bringing them together," comments Wells. Click here to read the April 2012 New York Times review of Empellón Cocina.
Empellón Cocina is a savvy-insider, cool place to eat in New York City, East Village, featured and recommended by:
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Address: 105 First Avenue, (between 6th and 7th Sts)
Phone: 1 212 780 0999