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West Village’s Empellon Is Slinging Its Popular Tacos for One Day Only

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Plus, independent restaurant owners are calling on Congress for additional relief — and more intel

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West Village taqueria Empellon reopens for Cinco de Mayo taco delivery

Popular upscale taqueria Empellon is reopening for Cinco De Mayo, according to an Instagram post from chef and owner Alex Stupak. The West Village restaurant is now taking pre-orders for its Cinco de Mayo taco kits, which include enough chicken guisado, adobo skirt steak, spicy salsa, and corn tortillas for 12 tacos each. Empellon also appears to have alcohol delivery planned for the occasion, including limes, bottles of tequila, and the restaurant’s pre-mixed margaritas offered in nine-ounce bottles, which is double the usual quantity “considering we’ve all been having a rough time,” Stupak says. Sides of guacamole, salsa roja, salsa arbol, and salsa verde can be tacked onto any delivery or pick-up order for Cinco de Mayo. Or for safe keeping until the restaurant reopens permanently.

Stupak announced that Empellon Taqueria, Empellon, and both locations of Empellon Al Pastor would be closing their doors in March due to novel coronavirus concerns. A little more than a month later, the restaurant group’s popular tacos are back — though no al pastor this time — and will be available for one day and at one location only. “We’re firing up the corn kettle to make some hot fluffy tortillas along with some yummy things to stuff into them,” Stupak says. The restaurant is now accepting pre-orders for delivery and pickup through Caviar, with delivery and pick-up times available between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

In other news

— Thousands of independent restaurant owners joined the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) this week, calling on Congress to create a $120 billion fund to provide relief for the country’s 500,000 independent restaurants. Notable chefs like José Andrés and Rosa Garcia, owner of Mott Haven Bar and Grill in the Bronx, have signed on board.

— Montreal-style bagel shop Black Seed Bagels has teamed up with NYC-based consultancy company R/GA on restaurant T-shirts. The shirts are available for $25 each through R/GA’s ongoing Merch Aid program, which also features local businesses like Jing Fong, Kam Hing Coffee Shop, and Nitehawk Cinema.

Bar Moga in Greenwich Village is launching takeout and delivery service for the first time, according to an announcement on the restaurant’s Instagram page. The Japanese cocktail bar and restaurant will be serving up omurice, snow crab croquettes, and pork katsu sandos on milk bread.

— Neighborhood restaurant MeMe’s Diner is making “baby steps” toward reopening, the owners shared via Instagram. To kick things off, the Crown Heights diner will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday with Vietnamese iced coffee cake and turmeric margaritas available for pickup.

— Hospitality platform BentoBox has launched a new food delivery website that helps diners order directly from New York restaurants. The website, called Restaurants.Love, charges diners a $1 fee but does not charge restaurants a commission fee, according to a company spokesperson.

— New York state’s largest soup kitchen, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, has launched a new initiative called Operation HopeFULL, a company spokesperson says. The $1 million campaign aims to get food, clothing, masks, and other necessities to New Yorkers struggling with extreme poverty and homelessness.

— Lower East Side’s the Pickle Guys has reopened after a brief pause, Bowery Boogie reports. The brine shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Thursday and closes an hour earlier on Fridays.

— Industry City in Sunset Park will be leading weekly cocktail-making courses via Instagram live, featuring top NYC bartenders. Tonight, Noah Lucas of Barrow’s Intense will lead a tutorial on the floradora cocktail.

— After six years in Fort Greene, neighborhood cafe Greene Grape Annex has closed permanently.

— Getting ready to finish up the work week like:

Empellon Taqueria

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

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