Empellon Taqueria – West Village, NYC

One of the reasons I was prompted to do a juice cleanse was due to all the eating out I had been doing in a very small amount of time. This was one of those restaurants I headed to during that week or so of absolute gluttony. Now, that’s not to say this is a spot with a ton of gluttony. It’s more my avocado addiction and utter lack of self-control around guacamole that made this dinner especially gluttonous. But it was delicious nevertheless.

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Empellon Taqueria is an adorable little taco joint in the West Village that takes so many liberties with tacos, it will make your head spin. In a good way. This is not your standard chicken, pork, steak, or bean taco. They had all sorts of inventive dishes – and even two vegetarian ones that were able to be made vegan. I was quite partial to the brussels sprouts, hazelnut and hummus taco. It was rich, full of flavor, and simply delicious.

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We started with guacamole, and it was so good that we ended up ordering a total of four orders for a table of 7 girls. It had the perfect amount of spice, and you really just can’t go wrong with garlic and avocado.

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There was also this really fun sampler of salsas we went for. There were 7 salsas in total to try, and they came in cute little cups with spoons for easy chip placement. The habanero salsa was so hot I had to chug the last of my margarita to cool my mouth off. (not such an issue on a night like this).

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We were out celebrating one of my girlfriend’s birthdays and Empellon was just so cute, it was the perfect setting. (though after a few margaritas we may have been a bit too loud for the date crowd that had settled in around us). But I guess you could expect as much from a place that has tequila on the table with shot glasses, limes, and salt. If you’re so inclined.

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All in all, this was a great new find. The inventiveness of the tacos, the great service, and out of this world guacamole are all reasons this will quite quickly become one of my go-to spots downtown. I’ve already made reservations to go back.

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