Buttoned-up midtown gets a much-needed shot in the arm compliments of Chef Alex Stupak's lively new flagship for his popular Empellón family. The colorful, multi-level space offers a first floor outfitted with a generous bar area and prime view of the bustling open kitchen. On the mezzanine level, find a more intimate dining space. The menu bears the chef's signature creative flair, offering a range of small bites, tacos, and shareable large plates. Sample their clever spins on salsa, like a wickedly good smoky cashew salsa that arrives with a sampler salsa starter; or irresistible lamb sweetbread tacos with a flutter of white onion and bright cilantro. Stupak is also a serious pastry chef and it shows in the otherworldly desserts, like the "avocado."
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