3/21/2013 12:34:00 PM

The Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Salsa Flight at Empellon Taqueria

When faced with seven salsas to choose from, picking just one or two can be paralyzing. Luckily, Empellon Taqueria in the West Village understands this very nyc foodie problem and offers all seven, plus guacamole, for only $21. The flight ranges from mild to spicy, and a few completely redefine your understanding of what salsa is. Sikil Pak, the mildest option, is more of a thick paste than a sauce, similar to the texture of almond butter. Made with pumpkin seeds, sour orange juice, and spices, it’s a great way to ease into the experience.

Next up is the smoked cashew salsa, which our server said is the restaurant’s most popular. It’s a creamy, smoky, nutty, and very slightly spicy take on salsa that you’ve likely never had before. The addicting combo has you trying the rest, but always heading back for a bite, something owner/executive chef Alex Stupak must know since they hand out the recipe at the end of the meal. The rest of the salsas continue in the typical tomato-ey fashion, with some surprises, like the intensely hued salsa verde that plays mind games by looking like pesto, but tasting like an herby, fresh green salsa.


The guacamole is the perfect foil to the spicier end of the flight, especially the habaƱera, which will have you quickly reaching for your water--and asking for multiple refills. Whether as a snack or way to start the meal, Empellon Taqueria’s salsa flight has been on our mind ever since.

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