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Similar to Empellon Cocina (advice, please!)?

sef001 | Feb 17, 201407:10 AM

I'm going with some (moderately adventurous) family members to NYC in mid-March, and am looking for some recommendations - I'm a chef, so the responsibility is firmly on my shoulders to find some amazing places for everyone to try. On our last trip, we went to Empellon Cocina, and it was loved by EVERYONE, and a return trip was even suggested, but in NYC, I hate to revisit restaurants since there are so many other choices. As far as the price, level of menu complexity, and overall atmosphere (casual with some class), though, Empellon was just perfect. Anyone have any suggestions of restaurants at the same level? Just to start, I'm thinking Il Buco? Thank you!

p.s. we're staying in Chelsea, if there's anything nearby there...? (have already been to Txikito)

Empellon Taqueria,
il Buco,
il Buco Alimentari & Vineria,
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