Why Tacos Al Pastor Are the Perfect Bar Food | Food Skills

  • Published on Sep 11, 2017
  • Inspired by Lebanese shawarma and served with a slice of warm pineapple, tacos al pastor have become one of Mexico's most beloved street snacks. At Empellón Al Pastor, chef and owner Alex Stupak revels in the taco's complex cultural heritage. Rubbing his pork shoulder in a chile-packed adobo, and folding it an endless supply of fresh tortillas, Stupak marries the melting pot of Mexico City to the grit of the East Village at one of Empellón's most beloved outposts in NYC.
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  • FieryEasy
    FieryEasy 11 days ago

    'Cee-lantro' no ty, bye bye

  • J G
    J G 23 days ago

    I respect that that man is sticking to be as authentic as possible and 5$ is crazy but it is New York and this isn't catering to the Working class demographic it's the bar scene in NYC which isn't cheap

  • Cole Friedman
    Cole Friedman Month ago

    ur a bar snack

  • Cristina Sanchez
    Cristina Sanchez Month ago

    He needs to rename his taco creation , cause is not al pastor

  • David Martinez
    David Martinez 2 months ago

    Sorry I ain't saying nothing bad about the food it's just u got it wrong , it's not just pork , it's pork mix with beef and u have to had the pineapple , dude I'm from Mexico trust me , I know

  • Sergio Gonzalez
    Sergio Gonzalez 2 months ago

    I can eat 6 tacos, Wow!! it will be like 40 bucks adding a drink and taxes.

  • A Titanium
    A Titanium 2 months ago

    5 dollars is pricey but hes a business man salsa and tacos and really good after getting drunk

  • Richard Ibarra
    Richard Ibarra 2 months ago

    Only real ones know Atlantic Boulevard in Cali

  • Richard Ibarra
    Richard Ibarra 2 months ago

    5 dollars for a taco fuck no I can get one for a dollar

  • 312vandal
    312vandal 3 months ago

    Hipster over priced bullshit.

  • ED
    ED 3 months ago

    5 is pretty steep for a taco

  • JustARandom Kid
    JustARandom Kid 3 months ago

    Making the tortillas wrong and its 5$

  • Rudy R. A.
    Rudy R. A. 4 months ago

    FOH with that price. $5 for one damn taco?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • Rudy Straight
    Rudy Straight 4 months ago

    Another white man stealing another culture..smfh

  • Tlaloc
    Tlaloc 4 months ago

    this guy nows whatsup

  • Ubaldo Herrera
    Ubaldo Herrera 4 months ago

    No double tortilla??

  • snilrach
    snilrach 4 months ago

    I like him. He's very respectful of the history of the cuisine.

  • Jonathan Gurowsky
    Jonathan Gurowsky 4 months ago

    Its a bar, you pay more to lounge and have a good exerience w/ others... If you don't want to pay then take your broke ass to a street vendor.

  • roger robie
    roger robie 4 months ago

    "you can start to extrapolate" "traffic light chromatography" bit of a tool aren't you?

  • roger robie
    roger robie 4 months ago

    there's no roast on that pineapple

  • Dominic Tafoya
    Dominic Tafoya 4 months ago

    $5 dollar tacos fuck you. There are people who sell tacos outside their homes who I can guarantee are better than this guy.

  • Draxus Magnus
    Draxus Magnus 4 months ago

    Watch as all the gringos try to americanize this

  • TheBebop09
    TheBebop09 4 months ago

    5 dollar tacos, thats around 80 pesos. For that I could buy 3 tacos in the most expensive taqueria in Mexico or 7 tacos plus a drink in one of the many corner taco stands. They look good and apparentley have enough meat, probably taste good. Also, tacos in a bar? Usually you eat tacos after the bar, that way you get enough grease on your system to battle the drunkness and hangover the next day. No reason to go for the priciest and/or best cuts of meat, usually taqueros go for the cheapest ones and manage to give it a good flavor on the grill.

  • Eamonn Mc Devitt
    Eamonn Mc Devitt 4 months ago +1

    cant wait till my dad buys me a bar

  • Sshooter444
    Sshooter444 4 months ago

    Only hipsters would pay $5 for a AL Pastor taco

  • Lincoln Strong
    Lincoln Strong 4 months ago

    Go to taco mix in east Harlem to get real al pastor tacos

  • peace and love
    peace and love 4 months ago

    This look tastey but more of an adobo Trompo pork taco from North Western Mexico than an al pastor taco from Mexico city. They are both good, and similar but different, the al pastor is superior because of the mixture of ingredientes of the marinating sauce

  • FitAfter50s
    FitAfter50s 4 months ago

    Looks excellent.

  • Misheard Metal
    Misheard Metal 5 months ago

    Good looking food, and great taste in music.

  • Aviato
    Aviato 5 months ago

    That taco should be 2.50 lol

  • A Mango
    A Mango 5 months ago

    Al pastor or De pastor. I have never heard anyone say al pastor before. The people around me always say De pastor.

  • mmddyyyyalphabet
    mmddyyyyalphabet 5 months ago

    A 5 cada taco? No mames, güey. Those better be some outta-this-world tacos for that price. They look great, but I think he's taking advantage of the fact that tacos may not be too well known in his areas, thus he can charge more since people have no frame of reference for pricing.

  • xdeadmeatx
    xdeadmeatx 5 months ago


  • TheEpicDuck23
    TheEpicDuck23 6 months ago

    5 dollars for a taco lmao

  • 007 3
    007 3 6 months ago

    5 dollars ? Esta pero bien pendejo

  • Aaron Jessome
    Aaron Jessome 6 months ago

    Faggot keeps saying sea-lantro

  • Chris Newby
    Chris Newby 6 months ago

    Keep the cilantro

  • Carlos Sanchez
    Carlos Sanchez 6 months ago

    They gentrifying tacos y'all

  • Greyson Wayne
    Greyson Wayne 6 months ago

    He's just cashing in...and trying to hard

  • manduheavy vazquez
    manduheavy vazquez 7 months ago

    Congratulations. Greatness.

  • Sergio Velasco
    Sergio Velasco 7 months ago

    Pizza, Hamburgers, Tacos al pastor.
    What do they have in common apart from the obvious?
    They were made by immigrants in a new country. Sure italy has pizza, but not the pizza we all love.
    Same with Germany having the Hamburg steak but it lacks the buns.
    And for tacos al pastor, the Lebanese gave Mexico a true cuisine masterpiece.

  • Sergio Velasco
    Sergio Velasco 7 months ago

    5 dollars per taco, holy mess. Does it come with the cow and the pineapple tree as well?

  • FitAfter50s
    FitAfter50s 7 months ago

    All the cheap charlies complaining about price....

    ZANE SAMA 7 months ago

    sea lantro

  • Benjamin Llamas
    Benjamin Llamas 7 months ago

    this guys definitely knows his deal. congrats. very respectful to the traditional taco al pastor. cheers.

  • Reydel Sandoval
    Reydel Sandoval 8 months ago +1

    They spelled AL wrong. It's EL PASTOR 😂

  • Poop Master
    Poop Master 8 months ago

    Fuck this guy.

  • b3an3er
    b3an3er 8 months ago +1

    Just had some of these but half the size of the ones in the video 😂😂

    • b3an3er
      b3an3er 8 months ago

      Gotta love Mexico 🇲🇽 😂

  • Tom Praytor
    Tom Praytor 8 months ago

    how do you broke bitches think 5 dollars for a taco is a lot? yall eating trash.

  • Mario Pineda
    Mario Pineda 8 months ago

    Im mexican and love al pastor. Great job sir! FYI you dont need to be mexican to love al pastor.

  • PublishedRope
    PublishedRope 8 months ago

    Todo meco ese vato siono rasa?

  • DNCipher
    DNCipher 8 months ago


  • Miguel Holguin
    Miguel Holguin 9 months ago


  • jacasforever
    jacasforever 9 months ago

    those tacos are not that good


    me encantaria comer unos tacos de pastor en ese lugar 😍 .. YO MONTO TROMPOS DE PASTOR AQUI EN LA CIUDAD DE MEXICO ... !! SALUDOS ¡¡ 👍🖐

  • theblackslcmamba
    theblackslcmamba 9 months ago

    Hmmmm, looks bombing 🤤!!!

  • martian78
    martian78 9 months ago

    My favorite tacos 🌮!!!

  • xploitedx
    xploitedx 9 months ago

    quit putting videos on first we feast without sean!!!

  • Wisam AC
    Wisam AC 9 months ago

    so basically selling a shawarma with pork instead of lamb and pineapple instead of garlic lmao AND for $5 foh

    NAHIARA SANTOS 9 months ago

    Los de mexico son mejores

  • Calvin
    Calvin 10 months ago +1

    Too much money. Too big of a slice of pineapple. Too big of a tortilla it looks like. Fuck you

  • Anthony Perez
    Anthony Perez 10 months ago

    Fuckin gringo

  • Mike Oglesby
    Mike Oglesby 10 months ago

    Damn them looked good!

  • gez239
    gez239 10 months ago

    smh . . white people

  • Dead men tell no tales 1914

    Well that's warned me not to go there. Ever.

    ABBAOPAXO 10 months ago

    esos son unos buenos tacos

  • Cory the Dinosaur
    Cory the Dinosaur 10 months ago


  • Cafekun Dayo
    Cafekun Dayo 10 months ago

    and here i am opening a can of spam for the night.

  • Marcus Coster
    Marcus Coster 10 months ago

    Been in California 8 years, eaten plenty of Mexican food and Al Pastor is my favorite meat, never even heard of pineapple on a taco. Where the hell is it that this is supposedly well known?

  • Nthouse12
    Nthouse12 11 months ago

    "...traffic light chromatography..."
    yup, stealing that one.

  • victor2hood
    victor2hood 11 months ago

    Those tacos look bomb af

  • TheFerdado
    TheFerdado 11 months ago

    429 donald trumps don´t like this

  • Shinx
    Shinx 11 months ago

    I would pay 5 dollars for that because if something cost highly then buy it it's always worth it .

  • a979259
    a979259 11 months ago +1

    Pretentious douche tricks rich white people into paying $5 a taco by faking a bad Spanish accent when he says cilantro. Smh embarrassing

  • Pygmalion Aprilis
    Pygmalion Aprilis 11 months ago


  • Savage Pepe
    Savage Pepe 11 months ago

    Fat and lean if you know what I mean.

  • NMDA
    NMDA 11 months ago

    This looks so good!

  • RottedDollFace
    RottedDollFace 11 months ago

    I freaking love tacos al pastor, since the first bite!!

  • VoiceOfMan
    VoiceOfMan 11 months ago

    Wish they had shown them building the meat tower to completion. I have questions that need answers damn it.

  • Evil Oats
    Evil Oats 11 months ago

    My problem isn’t that he’s white, it’s that he’s charging five fucking dollars for a taco. I can go to my neighborhood taqueria and get five tacos for that much.

  • young sirloin
    young sirloin 11 months ago

    Best tacos in nyc are sunset park area of brooklyn my personal favorite is el tenampa if you a real nigga you know about this

  • Hello
    Hello 11 months ago

    Got me fucked up with that nasty ass shit

  • Ricardo Alvarez
    Ricardo Alvarez 11 months ago

    I think that his location is the biggest contributing factor for the high price. If he leases the place he may be paying around 300k a year. Nevertheless fuck you and your 5 dollar taco. The Luniz would not have 5 on it.

  • gliese media
    gliese media 11 months ago

    Rich Jew kid opening up a bar with his mommy and daddy's money...

  • Connor Fisher
    Connor Fisher 11 months ago

    dude repping the cryptopsy shirt!

  • Clayton bigsby
    Clayton bigsby 11 months ago

    bullshit ass tacos..charging 5$ for a taco being greedy and shit.thats why u ain't getting no Love in this feed. change your perspective on life and quit trying to get over on people and maybe people will actually support u.

  • BeefGenocide
    BeefGenocide 11 months ago

    $5 a taco. Hey the way I see it if you're stupid enough to spend $5 on a taco then you deserve it.

  • DJTEDDY507
    DJTEDDY507 11 months ago

    Why Gringos love Mexican food so much

  • Crooked_MX-5
    Crooked_MX-5 11 months ago

    Its a fucking bar people, have you ever eaten cheap food at a bar?

  • Elykus
    Elykus 11 months ago

    jesus fucked christ that looks good

    DJ SOFTLOCK 11 months ago

    this didn't answer the title question at all, this guy just told us some taco history and jacked off about his (admittedly, super fucking dope-looking) bar for 3 minutes.
    i'd still go though.

  • KevDaSavage
    KevDaSavage 11 months ago

    You guys just figured out!?!?

  • Roberto Berber
    Roberto Berber 11 months ago

    Dude needs to chill with that $5 taco. It's actually quiet cheap to make.

  • Austin Wang
    Austin Wang 11 months ago

    You come to LA with 5 dollar tacos you'd be beat lol

  • luke moran
    luke moran 11 months ago

    So nobody is gonna mention how dope it is that he's got a Cryptopsy shirt on?!?

  • ZiMRA
    ZiMRA 11 months ago

    5 dollars is nothing go back to macdonalds u fucking scum stop fucking hateing on the price and get some knowledge

  • Jesse G
    Jesse G 11 months ago

    Drop your price to $2.00 a taco and I'll eat there everyday.

  • StayxXxHard
    StayxXxHard 11 months ago

    +1 for the Cryptopsy shirt

  • Omar Larios
    Omar Larios 11 months ago

    Boy shut your $5 a taco head ass scamming white people because they too scared to go to the hood for tacos