The Empellon group is the shit. All three totally distinct locations & concepts, all totally the shit. Al Pastor is the most casual of the bunch, decked out with floor-to-ceiling graffiti art the likes of which I will never be talented enough to reproduce. The tequila heavy cocktail menu comes with a great bar food menu to boot. Once serving just tacos, Alex Stupak has expanded his offering to include tons of alcohol friendly items. There is excellent shrimp ceviche, chicken wings with peanuts & salsa macha and baby back rib carnitas. Choose from 8 different taco varieties, the best of which is a cheeseburger taco. All this from a man who worked as a pastry chef previously for a decade; pretty amazing.
Seamore's is a seafood restaurant from the mind of ultra charming chef & restauranteur Michael Chernow. You may have seen him on FYI's Food Porn or in my dreams...but I digress. The restaurant now has 2 locations in Nolita & Chelsea. It feels like a little piece of Montauk in Manhattan with birch wood, white paint & floor to ceiling windows that drench the dining room in sunlight. The menu has a little something for everyone, drawing influence from many different types of cuisine. Graze on excellent tuna ooke, crispy squid, curry mussels or any number of tacos. There is a clear nod to fresh & healthy eating; most dishes are loaded with vibrant vegetables. Chernow also offers blackboard fish every day that you may add to any of the dishes. You can bring the pickiest of eaters here and they will undoubtedly find something that will please their palate.