Lamb Barbacoa Taco at Empellón Taqueria, Dish #86

Lamb Barbacoa Taco at Empellón Taqueria, Dish #86

Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

Alex Stupak's Empellón Taqueria is serving lunch these days, and $17 will get you a bowl of soup (try the cool, intensely flavored cucumber, poured table-side), followed by two tacos. The fine lamb barbacoa comes with a hot, citrus-kissed salsa in a soft, sweet tortilla. This being a rather fancy taqueria, there's a fork and knife at the table. But, don't worry, no one's bothered if you use your hands.

Empellón Taqueria 230 West 4th Street 212-367-0999

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