Boy these tacos are fancy! So all you ex-Californians don't expect authentic Mexican food. This is fusion food. I'm usually a big hater of fusion but I found Empellon to be creative and most of the flavours worked well together.
This is just my first look at Empellon. I plan to go back and try a few more things. So apologies for so few photos. All in all it was good. The service was the first thing we noticed. Our server was amazing. He had a strong opinion and wasn't shy to share it and at the same time was able to give us very detailed information about both the drinks and the food.
We started with this fish starter which was a bit like a ceviche but the texture was a bit weird and honestly it wasn't my favourite. We then tried one of the Queso Fundido with Shishito Peppers which was naughty and delicious. As for the tacos we tried three; the Fish Tempura, the Mushroom and Zucchini (vegetarian), and the Lamb Barbacoa. They were all good, actually the vegetarian one was our favourite by far. The fish one was good but hey what fried fish isn't. I actually prefer grilled fish tacos over fried. The lamb one was a bit overbearing but the cucumbers added nice texture. I am eager to try other tacos. All their ingredients are really interesting and seem to have enormous potential.
Until the next time I'd have to say that the cocktails really stole the show over the food. I tried a few different ones, all AMAZING. My favourite was this mezcal cocktail with celery salt on the rim. It was both smokey and refreshing. I was impressed.
230 West 4th Street (corner of w4th + w10th st)
New York, NY