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In New York City each area has its own particular atmosphere and taking one street rather than another means completely changing environment and perspective on the city. In Alphabet City, in the heart of the East Village, the feeling is of being in a place “on a human scale”, with low buildings, parks and family-run stores. While gentrification is (unfortunately) also endorsing this corner of Manhattan, there are many independent realities that survive.
And there are many restaurants that are opening, such as the new Empellon Al Pastor, a few steps from Tompkins Square Park. It is a locale both irreverent and colourful, serving simple traditional dishes like Mexican tacos and tortillas. The meat is cooked on the shawarma, the rotating spit oriental in origin but also found widely in Latin America.

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A close up of a picture showing the reinterpretation of the typical "Mexican skull", a traditional way to exorcise death and remember deceased loved ones. Photo Daniel Krieger
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On the walls, between the confusion of writings and drawings, are also graphic works of a high standard. Photo Daniel Krieger
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The entrance road to Empellón Al Pastor, in the Alphabet City in Lower Manhattan. Photo Daniel Krieger
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The ceiling is completely painted by Gaia Street in collaboration with Lunar New Year and Nanook. Photo Daniel Krieger

The good food is accompanied by a colourful environment and rich in its references to street culture, designed by the team of Glen Architecture & Co. after a journey of inspiration to Mexico.
The ceiling is decorated with a huge mural of Gaia Street in collaboration with
Lunar New Year and Nanook. Decorating the walls, Christian symbols and references to the “cult of money” typical of street gangs, Mexican candies and intimate portraits give way to tag designs and those of a more spontaneous nature. Empellon Al Pastor is a local flavour “Spanglish”, where references to different cultures chase each other, to mingle and re-emerge in a pot-pourri which is both cheerful and sunny.

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The walls of the Mexican restaurant are completely covered with tags, scribbles and drawings as if they were the city walls. Photo Daniel Krieger
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In the niches on the walls are works in ceramic by Biata Roytburd, an artist based in Brooklyn. Photo Daniel Krieger

WHERE: 132 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, Stati Uniti

In New York City each area has its own particular atmosphere and taking one street rather than another means completely changing environment and perspective on the city. In Alphabet City, in the heart of the East Village, the feeling is of being in a place “on a human scale”, with low buildings, parks and family-run stores. While gentrification is (unfortunately) also endorsing this corner of Manhattan, there are many independent realities that survive.
And there are many restaurants that are opening, such as the new Empellon Al Pastor, a few steps from Tompkins Square Park. It is a locale both irreverent and colourful, serving simple traditional dishes like Mexican tacos and tortillas. The meat is cooked on the shawarma, the rotating spit oriental in origin but also found widely in Latin America.
The good food is accompanied by a colourful environment and rich in its references to street culture, designed by the team of Glen Architecture & Co. after a journey of inspiration to Mexico.
The ceiling is decorated with a huge mural of Gaia Street in collaboration with
Lunar New Year and Nanook. Decorating the walls, Christian symbols and references to the “cult of money” typical of street gangs, Mexican candies and intimate portraits give way to tag designs and those of a more spontaneous nature. Empellon Al Pastor is a local flavour “Spanglish”, where references to different cultures chase each other, to mingle and re-emerge in a pot-pourri which is both cheerful and sunny.
WHERE: 132 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, Stati Uniti

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.