Modern Mexican Restaurants

Perhaps inspired by their own late-night cravings, chefs are opening Mexican restaurants all around the US that focus less on authenticit...
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Empellón Taqueria and Empellón Cocina, New York

At Empellón Taqueria, chef Alex Stupak revamps Mexican standbys, making queso fundido with black trumpet mushrooms and adding cucumber to lamb barbacoa tacos. He treats Empellón Cocina as his showcase for imaginative Mexican-inspired dishes, like mezcal-cured trout and toasted vermicelli with green chorizo. For both restaurants, he crafts fiery salsas, like one made with 50 árbol chiles and seasoned with sesame seeds, and an habanero-based salsa cooled with fresh orange juice.

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