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Empellón Cocina

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Our Tip The menus at Empellón Cocina change often, in the dining room and at the bar.
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First Look: Empellón Cocina in the East Village

First Look: Empellón Cocina in the East Village

Former WD-50 pastry chef Alex Stupak took a big leap last year when he opened up Empellón, a high-end Mexican taqueria in the West Village. A year later, Stupak is back with Empellón Cocina, a taco-free, quieter, slightly higher-end sister restaurant in the East Village. I stopped by a few nights ago to check out the space and the drinks.

First Look: New Drinks at Empellón Cocina, NYC

First Look: New Drinks at Empellón Cocina, NYC

The spirit of Alex Stupak's Empellón Taqueria and Empellón Cocina is one of invention, but heavily steeped in the traditions of Mexican cuisine. It's little surprise, then, that the bar program, run by Mat Resler, is the same way—with creative agave-based cocktails that express the full range of mezcal and tequila, be they fruity or peppery, grassy or smoky. Come check out six of Resler's new drinks.

In Fun Drink Ideas: 'The Negronifico'

In Fun Drink Ideas: 'The Negronifico'

Hanging out at Empellón Cocina a few weeks ago, bar manager Mat Resler shared what I thought sounded like one of the most unlikely drinks I've ever heard: "The Negronifico." Translation? "Well, I was drinking a Negroni... and also a Pacifico... and then I had to leave the bar and I was half-done with my Negroni, so I dumped the rest of the Pacifico into the glass and drank it."

Carey's Favorite New NYC Restaurants of 2012

Carey's Favorite New NYC Restaurants of 2012

You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.

We Chat With: Pastry Chef Lauren Resler of Empellón

We Chat With: Pastry Chef Lauren Resler of Empellón

Chef Lauren Resler, Alex Stupak's wife and pastry chef at Empellon Taqueria and Cocina, got into pastry to make people smile. She talks with us about how she does just that, what it's like working so closely with her husband, and plans she has in store.

10 Manhattan Restaurants With Great Cocktails

10 Manhattan Restaurants With Great Cocktails

There's no shortage of first-class cocktail bars in Manhattan. But increasingly, some of the best drinks in town come from the bars of restaurants. Here are our 10 favorite restaurant bars of late, with drinks the equal of any dedicated cocktail bar in town.