Empellón Taqueria's Skirt Steak Tacos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes
Later this year, we'll pen our Best of NYC issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes, and drinks. Until then, you can get a taste of our contenders as we count down, in no particular order, our 100 favorite dishes from around the boroughs, a list of laudable eats worth tracking down right now.
No. 84: Skirt steak tacos from Empellón Taqueria
Our favorite way to experience Empellón Taqueria, chef Alex Stupak's inventive West Village Mexican restaurant, is with a group large enough to order just about everything on the menu. We'll work our way through the guacamole, all of the salsas, the octopus ceviche, the pea and pistachio salad, and several orders of tacos. If forced to commit to a reasonably sized meal for one, though--i.e., just one platter of tacos--we're giving up, albeit grudgingly, the pork tongue with pineapple and tempura-battered fish to order skirt steak every time. Supple, juicy hunks of pepper-rubbed steak are piled generously into a warm, soft, chewy flour tortilla so enriched with oil it's almost translucent. A drizzle of tangy, arbol chile-spiked mojo de ajo adds kick and lift, and grilled onions provide sweet, caramelized depth. The tacos come in trios making it easy to swap flavors with friends, but with the skirt, you may not want to share.
No. 100: Carnitas from Taqueria Lower East Side No. 99: Steamed mussels from Tartine No. 98: Cookie Monster ice cream from Malu No. 97: Havana salad from Coppelia No. 96: Clay Pot Catfish from Falansai No. 95: Khao Soi Kaa Kai from Uncle Boons No. 94: Salted caramel "impossible" flan from ABC Cocina No. 93: Peanut noodles from Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine No. 92: Country-fried duck and waffles from Distilled No. 91: Octopus salad from Calliope No. 90: Diver scallop crudo from Charlie Bird No. 89: Fig and pepper bread from Silver Moon Bakery No. 88: Egg, cheese, and sausage on a roll from Stage Restaurant No. 87: Marbella's Full Moon from Manzanilla No. 86: Bia's Cary Ga No. 85: La Newyorkina's pineapple jalapeño paleta
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