Ai Fiori, Tertulia Top Best New Restaurants List

- 2011-12-21T16:02:47Z

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#10. Empellon

The most improved restaurant of the year. Alex Stupak transformed his uneven Mexican spot into one of the city's best taquerias, banishing $200 Kobe steaks in exchange for ethereal flour tortillas. Stupak should trademark his sweetbread and maitake mushroom tacos, a brilliant study in creamy, earthy flavors.