Empellón Taqueria : NYC Restaurant Week 2015


Every single summer and winter for the past year, I find myself saying “it’s that time of year again.”

“What time of year?” you ask. NYC Restaurant Week.

And to who am I saying that to? My friends whom NYC Restaurant Week used to be a tradition with. So, I guess myself. I’m just saying that to myself. “Hey Liv, it’s NYC Restaurant Week again.”

More than 300 restaurants offer pre-fixe meals (Usually three-course: appetizer, main entree, and dessert. Some restaurants offer an additional side depending on the number of people in your dining party). Lunch runs for $25 and dinner for $38 this year. It’s a great opportunity to try spots that are usually a bit out of your budget for a more wallet-friendly price.

I stopped by Empellón Taqueria in the West Village for Restaurant Week Lunch.

Empellón Taqueria is the tortilla-loving-taco-centric child of WD-50 pastry chef turned Mexican cuisine oriented Alex Stupak.

Empellón means “to push” in Spanish. And the idea that delicious ingredients are elevated when placed on top of a tortilla is certainly pushed with the variety of different tacos offered as a main entree; there are 10 different tacos and one nightly special offered for regular lunch and dinner service, and 8 of them were on Restaurant Week Lunch.


The shrimp ceviche was a wonderful blend of flavors. Mixed with little nuggets of potato on a bed of serrano salsa and dots of chipotle mayo, and topped with shrimp chorizo, it was a savory explosion for the tastebuds.


Lobster tacos were an extra $10- but go big or go home.
It was worth the splurge. The textures of the field corn and lobster played off of one another well.

Milk chocolate flan with cocoa-masa streusel sprinkled on top of it complete with  a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. It tasted like a dessert version of Mexican hot chocolate. And 3 fun textures in a single dessert with the flubby pudding, soft ice cream, and crunchy streusel. What’s more to want?

NYC Restaurant Week runs February 16, 2015 through March 6, 2015 … oh yeah, I usually like to call it Restaurant Month.

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