Food & Drink

Empell贸n Al Pastor brings micheladas and giant spits of meat to St. Mark's

With two hit restaurants already under their belts, Alex Stupak and company are trying to make it three with brand-new Empell贸n Al Pastor, a taco spot that focuses on their favorite food from a bunch of trips to Mexico City: al pastor (or, for the uninitiated, pork cooked on a vertical spit topped with pineapples!).

This is it: the juicy, spiced center of your taco universe for this weekend.

Pineapple, onions, and cilantro will all cozy up next to your tortilla-wrapped pork, which you can also replace (WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS???) with chicken w/ chipotle peppers, steak w/ caramelized onions, or mushrooms w/ pasilla chile (OH, OK, NEVER MIND).

Oh, and about that thing with the bone in it -- it's the short rib barbacoa, and it gets served with six tortillas that you fill with the meat, slaw, hot sauce, and then dip in the Mexican-style consomm茅, kind of like a French dip.

The space is super casual, with a ton of bar space and this pretty amazing ceiling mural.

And the bar has some seriously good craft beer options, like Avery "Ellie's" brown ale, to go along with Tecates and Pacificos, as well as top-notch cocktails that include FIVE different margaritas, highballs like the mezcal & tonic, and a series of micheladas -- several of which are designed by chefs like Andy Ricker of Pok Pok and Andrew Zimmern, who did this El Chambovaca (chipotle-spiked tomato juice, beef broth, Dulce Vida 100 Reposado, and Tecate).

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NY Editor. He is not Andrew Zimmern, although he met him once and thinks he's a pretty good dude. Also, shoutout to Andrew Zimmerman in Chicago. Follow Andrew Zimmer on Twitter and Instagram.