- Chef Alex Stupak was named one of the best new chefs in America for 2013 by Food & Wine magazine. Impressive.
- Travel & Leisure magazine lists Empellón Cocina as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the U.S. Hard to resist.
- The menu states: EMPELLÓN STRONGLY DISCOURAGES THE USE OF CELL PHONES, UNLESS YOU’RE POSTING FOOD PORN ON INSTAGRAM. This restaurant has a sense of humor.
- Chef Alex Stupak was previously a pastry chef at Alinea in Chicago and WD50 in New York- two restaurants known for modernist cuisine, pushing food boundaries, and mostly for serving fabulous food. I’m in.
A tweet from Gail Simmons (“Top Chef” judge among other things) clinches it for me: Only thing better than pastrami short rib tacos
@Empellon lst nite was smoked banana mezcal. Or maybe the fried egg Im putting on leftovers.
MORE ON MANHATTAN
My review of Kin Shop
My review of Rubirosa
My review of Rosemary’s
My review of ABC Kitchen
For more Manhattan reviews see my page of reviews in Around the US.