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Alex Stupak Plots Empellon Taqueria Expansion

He’s closing in on a space in NYC

Alex Stupak at Empellon Midtown
Alex Stupak at Empellon Midtown
Nick Solares

Popular taco restaurant Empellon Taqueria will likely soon have a sibling, should chef-owner Alex Stupak have his way. Stupak is looking to scale the West Village restaurant next year and is close to signing a lease.

Empellon Taqueria was Stupak’s first solo venture — he had been the pastry chef at experimental restaurants Alinea in Chicago and the now-closed Wd-50 — and it launched the brand that he’s since turned into a mini-empire in NYC. Open since 2011, Taqueria garnered enthusiastic reviews from the start. Stupak then expanded with Cocina — now closed — and Al Pastor in the East Village, as well as the much larger, more upscale Empellon Midtown last year.

Though Taqueria is not his most casual restaurant — that distinction goes to playful bar Al Pastor — it’s certainly his most primed for expansion. The menu focuses on those ever-popular affordable Mexican dishes of tacos and margaritas, with a long bar and plenty of opportunities for sharing.

The chef announced the expansion on his Instagram. Stay tuned for more.


510 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10022 (212) 858-9365 Visit Website


230 West 4th Street, New York, New York 10014


510 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10022 (212) 858-9365 Visit Website

Empellon Taqueria

230 West 4th Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 367-0999 Visit Website

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