WD-50 Chef Opens Mexican Joint in West Village

By DNAinfo Staff on March 21, 2011 7:36pm

The front of Empellon, at 230 West 4th Street in the West Village.
The front of Empellon, at 230 West 4th Street in the West Village.
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By Elizabeth Ladzinski

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

WEST VILLAGE —  A former pastry chef at cutting-edge dining establishment wd~50 is using his skills to create impressive tacos in the West Village.

Alex Stupak, opened his first solo venture, Empellon, a Mexican restaurant, on Monday.

The eatery has moved into 230 W. 4th Street, with a bar room at the front and dining room at the back.

The biggest draw will be the line of tacos: lamb barbacoa with salsa borracha; beer braised tongue with cabbage and lime mayonnaise; and crispy yucca with pickled black beans and habanero ketchup.

Other items include salads, sopes and ceviches.

Restaurant servers could be seen setting up tables for dinner service Monday evening.
Restaurant servers could be seen setting up tables for dinner service Monday evening.
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