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Empellón Taqueria NYC

Salsa Dancing
January 5, 2013
By , NYC Contributor

The place: Empellón Taqueria

The space: Wunderkind chef Alex Stupak may have retired from pastry-making, but stepping inside his Greenwich Village Mexican restaurant feels like sinking into a rich piece of cake.  Bare chocolate-wood tables back creamy, whitewashed walls, while the psychedelic rose mural behind the bar makes for a decorative frosting.

The ingredient: The California influence comes across clearest in the almost endless types of salsa. Considered dipping sauces, they are imbued with a stunning array of flavors including smoked cashew, epazote, pumpkin seed, sundried tomato, and ultra-spicy habanera.

The special: Empellón’s tacos are the best place to taste Stupak’s vision. Start with the fish tempura with lime mayonnaise and the skirt steak with mojo de ajo sauce. If a mezcal fan, ask for the handmade Pierde Almas Mezcal at the bar – it’s made with rabbit.  

230 West 4th St., 212-367-0999, empellon.com

(Photo courtesy of Empellón Taqueria)