PLAN DATE: FRI / JUNE 14
Mexican food in the city is always always hit or miss, and at Empellon Al Pastor, it’s thankfully, definitely a hit. Named after the glorious, spit-roasted, pineapple-infused pork shoulder taco stuffing that is Al Pastor, they get it right from step one, flying in corn from Mexico for in-house masa and churning out fresh tortillas. The casual, happy bar-like atmosphere will have you ordering michelada after michelada to accompany your spicy spread of chips and salsa, quesadillas, nachos and delectably hot, fresh tacos.
We can’t stress our love for rooftop bars enough, especially in the heart of summer, so here’s another one for you and your love to visit after that salty combo of tasty tacos and drinks. Bookmarks is a dreamy, delicate lounge atop the Library Hotel lined in wooden benches and blooming with flowers, packing an unbeatable view of surrounding skyscrapers in with its adorable, literary-themed drinks. Spanning the Tequila Mockingbird (Sauza Blue Tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, minced ginger) to the Hemingway (Barbancourt Five Star Rum, lime juice, muddled mint, champagne), you can kick back, relax, and allow yourselves to be inspired.
Empellon Al Pastor
145 East 39th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: There’s a rooftop, so make sure and check that out if the weather is nice.
Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: Sweet, sour, bitter, herbal—if this sounds alluring to you, order the Pulitzer.