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A curvaceous, white brick interio sets the mood for the seriously shareable Mariscos (like mezcal-cured ocean trout w/ roe & cream cheese) at EC.
My life was just changed by a $9 pastrami taco. Also beet juice mescal cocktail. And you might as well try pistachio guac like everyone says.
Chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican hangover cure that is typically made from leftovers, eggs and salsa-soaked fried corn-tortilla strips, is dressed up here with meaty maitake mushrooms.
The Wall Street Journal
everything is delicious. no reservation? just sit at the bar.
Paws up for the best guacamole in NYC. For realz.
Get the lobster queso dish to split. Best. Thing. Ever.
This lobster queso has got game.
Try the lamb barbacoa taco, from Ryan Sutton's review: "The chef takes the belly and ribs, rubs them in adobo, buries them in avocado leaves, and cooks them low and slow."
There is a dish with melted cheese and lobster. This should really go without saying, but ORDER THAT.
stick to the apps and tacos. share a bunch of 'em (guac and lobster queso among them) and skip the mains, they were meh.
Inspired Mexican plates and extensive agave spirits collection
Get the Michelada. It's incredible.
The menus at Empelln Cocina change often, in the dining room and at the bar.
Order the Mexican sponge cake it arrives deconstructed, the moist cubes of vanilla cake surrounded by bitter orange marmalade, crumbled brown butter streusel and caf con leche ice cream.
Time Out New York
I don't care if you hate Brussel Sprouts, the Brussel Sprouts taco is one of the most incredible dishes in NYC. Pay with Cover and walk out happy.
Pastrami tacos ohhhhh yes.
Do not miss out on the delicious Pistachio Guacamole, it is to die for! The spicy cucumber margarita is a must as well!
Amazing food. Recommend getting many plates and sharing (size is right for that). Try: Guac, Roasted Carrots, Mango + Crab, Lobster Queso, Kale Taco, Scallop Taco. All so tasty!
Eat this: Guacamole with pistachios, queso fundido with lobster, roasted carrots with mole, masa crisps with shrimp and sea urchin mousse, squid and potatoes with black mole, vanilla marquesote
Time Out New York
You should get the Sauvignon Blanc Hager from Austria, great wine. Perfect with Stupak's food.