Restaurant Groups: If You Like This Place, You’ll Like That Place
In a town filled with restaurants, when you find a place you love, it becomes your sacred spot. But what happens when you’ve worn out the magic, having tried every entree on the menu twice? Or more likely, when word has spread about how good your go-to is and you can’t get in for another month? Don’t worry—we’ve rounded up the best restaurateurs or restaurant groups so you can go to a sister location of the very best spots. You might even find a brand new favorite.
If you like Empellon Midtown, you’ll like Taqueria and Al Pastor:
Empellon Midtown, 510 Madison Avenue, Manhattan | Midtown East
Empellon, the flagship location of Alex Stupak’s empire, is so good at melding American and Mexican cuisine and serving it up in an upscale setting that it won a James Beard award in 2018. It’s a great spot, but sometimes you just don’t feel like eating (or paying for) sea bream. When you’re in the mood for margaritas, head to the sister location Taqueria. Located in the West Village, this spot carries over notes from Empellon (including the all-important tomatillo ketchup) but simplifies the menu to focus on tacos and margaritas. The vibe here is cozier as well, so unlike the original location, you can loosen a pants button after one too many tacos without fear of swift judgment.