Tuesday, September 23, 2014

National Taco Day Brunch at Empellón Taqueria

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Not that we need an excuse to celebrate tacos, but National Taco Day is Saturday October 4th and we’re having a special Brunch Party at Empellón Taqueria!

From 2:30-4:30pm, enjoy unlimited margaritas, beer and wine, chips & salsa. Our brunch taco options will include:

Lamb Barbacoa, Cucumber, Salsa Borracha

Braised Bacon, Lettuce, Lime Mayonnaise

Beer Braised Pork Tongue, Chorizo, Salsa de Arbol

Scrambled Eggs, Red Chorizo, Queso

Skirt Steak, Mojo de Ajo

Wild Mixed Mushrooms, Rajas

Fish Tempura, Cabbage, Lime Mayonnaise

Chicken, Black Kale, Crema, Salsa Verde

Price is $40 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Email reservations@empellon.com for more information and to secure your spot.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Road to Al Pastor: Playing Chess Against Yourself

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"We love everything about Mexican food, perhaps to a fault. From rustic to regional to modern and interpretative versions, we love trying to decipher it as a chefs, as well as devour it as eaters. Singularity is impossible to achieve if you can’t bring yourself to decide. So while some chefs take the attitude of “Fine Dining or Die” and others devote themselves to country cooking or bistro fare, we can’t pick just one aspect or style of Mexican cuisine to cook.

Read more from Chef Alex Stupak at First We Feast.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Road to Al Pastor: A Matter of Timing

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"I’m reminded of a Chinese proverb cited by Ming Tsai on his PBS show: ‘If a grain of rice gets lonely, it will die.’ Take a kernel away from a hot bowl of rice and it will quickly dry out, get cold, and harden around the edges. Similarly, freshly made tortillas kept together in a container stay warm and supple longer, but when one is taken away on a plate alone it starts to grow cold almost immediately, its edges curling up. This is the worst thing that can happen to a tortilla.

Read more from Chef Alex Stupak at First We Feast.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Six Tacos, One Night Only.

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On Monday, September 22Empellón Taqueria will present a special six course tasting menu featuring original tacos not available at any of our restaurants before… or ever again. It’s a night that promises to both celebrate as well as challenge tradition, bite-by-bite. 

Roasted Carrots, Tamarind, Fresh Peanut Salsa

Baby Artichokes, Meco Chile Mayonnaise, Parmesan

Cod Fish Brandade, Roasted Nugget Potatoes, Arbol Chile 

Late Summer Shell Bean Chili, Jalapeño, Crumbled Cornbread

Tacos Arabes

NY Strip Steak, Watercress Salsa Verde, Roasted and Smoked Bone Marrow 

Price is $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes a margarita upon arrival. 

Seatings are available from 6:00pm-9:30pm. To reserve your table, please fill out the form here; contact us at reservations@empellon.com or call us at (212) 367-0999

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High-res In preparation for the opening of his new taqueria, Empellón al Pastor, Alex Stupak made several intensive-study trips to Mexico this past year. “These were the first times I went to only eat one thing — tacos al pastor,” he says. “Normally, it’s, like, ‘Let’s go to Oaxaca and eat everything.’ This time it was, ‘We’re going to Mexico City and we’re going to eat at 40 al pastor places in three days.’” Here’s what he discovered.

In preparation for the opening of his new taqueria, Empellón al Pastor, Alex Stupak made several intensive-study trips to Mexico this past year. “These were the first times I went to only eat one thing — tacos al pastor,” he says. “Normally, it’s, like, ‘Let’s go to Oaxaca and eat everything.’ This time it was, ‘We’re going to Mexico City and we’re going to eat at 40 al pastor places in three days. Here’s what he discovered.

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