Momofuku Nishi kicked off The Summer of Whatever by adding tuna poke buns, avocado toast, and a bleeding veggie burger to a menu that originally skewed toward Korean-Italian fare. And now, another ambitious restaurant from one of the city’s most talented chefs is jumping aboard the YOLO menu train: Alex Stupak’s Mexican-inspired East Village restaurant Empellon Cocina. Here’s a list of six dishes. Five of them are on the menu right now and one of them is fake. Can you spot the phony?
— Ramen noodles with pozole broth, roast pork, soft-boiled egg
— Falafel tacos with hummus and charred cucumber salsa
— Fried chicken with chorizo gravy
— Patty melt with queso fresco, tomatillos, and sunflower seeds
— Mortadella tacos with chiles, olives, and capers
— Lobster roll with chipotle, papalo, and potato chips