Cinco de Mayo is this Thursday, so expect to see tacos, enchiladas, and salsas crowding your favorite food sites. If you’re cooking at home, we’ve got some tasty recipes. If you’re going out, seek out some of the wonderful Mexican fare in New York (but expect a line, not a lime, with that margarita!).

michelleats has weighed in with her review of Empellón, the new upscale West Village taqueria from former WD-50 pastry chef Alex Stupak. She loves the “beer-braised tongue with bacon and arbol chile salsa,” whose tender texture she calls “a beautiful thing,” and the “pleasantly lamby, juicy and tender” barbacoa tacos. Cocktails, however, were only “fair to good.” fm1963 reports the existence of a “scotch egg taco” special—we suppose we shouldn’t be surprised at this from a former WD-50 chef!—and mari mac loved that the total bill for two was less than $80 before tip. As for desserts, peter j jumps in to report that “the tres leches cake with fresh mango was also great.” loratliff, who has walked by the space a few times, had concerns that it looked “a little sparse,” but peter j assured her that the “vibe and service feel homey and neighborly.”

A quick check on OpenTable reveals no reservations available for the day of Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May), but in our experience a restaurant will sometimes hold tables for those who call or for walk-ins. And if you can’t make it in on Thursday, what’s wrong with celebrating Quatro (the 4th) or Seis (the 6th) de Mayo—or patronizing one of the city’s <a href=”>fine taquerias near your home instead?

Empellón [West Village]
230 W. Fourth Street, Manhattan
212-367-0999

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