Alex Stupak

Alex Stupak

New York

About Alex Stupak

Alex Stupak is the chef/owner of Empellón. He has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top pastry chefs in the U.S., although he actually trained in the culinary arts. In 2011, he decided to step away from the world of pastry and cook the type of food he loves to eat: Mexican cuisine. With a solid education from the CIA coupled with lessons learned from key mentors, he possess keen food business acumen and the ability to predict the changing palates of the populace—the perfect combination for a future of continued success.


  • Best Chef: New York City Nominee
    James Beard Foundation
  • Winner
    Iron Chef America
  • Nominee for Best New Restaurant (Empellón Cocina)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best New Chefs
    Food & Wine
  • Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America
    Pastry Art & Design magazine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in NYC

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Queso fundido
$$$, Happy Hour, Mexican, Full Bar, Tacos, West Village
"Alex Stupak’s homage to traditional Mexican cuisine continues to demonstrate that great ingredients prepared well transcends any demographic boundaries. The Taqueria is both fun and delicious."
Smoked cashew salsa
$$$, Happy Hour, Mexican, Full Bar, Tacos, West Village
"It's too hard to say which taco is my favorite, so I’ll skip that debate. However, their dips are amazing, especially the smoked cashew. It's smoky, salty, slightly sweet, creamy, and served with crispy tortilla chips. It’s a perfect start to a meal."