When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: A food truck establishes a brick-and-mortar location in the East Village, Five Points transforms into Vic’s, and Alex Stupak’s highly anticipated taco shop makes its debut.
Empellón Al Pastor, 132 St. Marks Place, 646-833-7039
Alex Stupak’s latest restaurant is his most casual yet. The menu includes a variety of tacos, short rib barbacoa, chips and guacamole, and more, and most of the menu items are just $4 each. We ate at the heavily graffitied joint earlier this week and enjoyed the al pastor taco. Empellón Al Pastor is now open for dinner nightly.
Korilla BBQ, 23 Third Avenue
Founded by New York native and Columbia graduate Eddie Song, Korilla BBQ now has a brick-and-mortar location in the East Village. The food truck became nationally recognized after appearing on the Food Network show “The Great Food Truck Race.” This location is the first of four. The Korean-barbecue-themed menu includes spicy pork, bacon kimchi fried rice, and red kimchi.
Red Pipe Cafe, 71-60 Austin Street, Queens
Located in Forest Hills, Red Pipe Cafe is an organic coffee shop brewing Counter Culture Coffee. The cafe also offers organic juices, smoothies, breakfast dishes, and sandwiches. Red Pipe Cafe is open daily.
Vic’s, 31 Great Jones Street, 212-253-5700
Cookshop, Hundred Acres, and Rosie’s co-owner Vicki Freeman has opened Vic’s in the former Five Points location. The menu includes pastas, pizzas, and a number of vegetable-centric dishes. The space is light and airy with green accents scattered throughout.