Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S.
Empellón Cocina, New York City
Chef Alex Stupak (formerly of WD-50 and Alinea) has brought more national buzz to New York for Mexican cuisine than anyone else in the past few years. There are now two locations of Empellón, which means “push,” and does indeed push the limits of what’s Mexican. There are seven types of salsa; guacamole is accented by guanciale, sea urchin, and pistachio; and the tacos include fillings like sweetbreads, short rib pastrami, and red snapper sashimi. It all comes together in a menu approach that if not necessarily always successful is fun and avant-garde.