Chef Julian Medina Chef/Owner

Toloache, Coppelia, Tacuba Mexican Cantina, La Chula Taqueria, El Fish Shack and Kuxé

About Julian

Julian Medina, acclaimed chef-owner of Toloache, Coppelia, Tacuba Mexican Cantina, La Chula Taqueria, El Fish Shack has been creating refined Mexican cuisine for 20 years.


Raised in Mexico City, Julian was inspired by his father’s & grandfather’s authentic home cooking. Trained professionally in Mexico City, Julian later came to New York City & enrolled in the French Culinary Institute, graduating with recognitions.


Since 1999, Chef Medina has created numerous acclaimed food concepts around New York City, garnered accolades from the food media, including The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as various high-profile television shows. In 2010, The New York Times’ food critic Sam Sifton praised Toloache’s food & service, and gave it a coveted one star. In March 2011, Julian made his premiere on Iron Chef America: Mexican Chocolate Battle.


Julian continues to open restaurants throughout New York City, including La Chula Taqueria in Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights & at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B; Kuxé in the West Village, a second El Fish on the Upper West Side slated to open in Summer 2022.





35-01 36th Street

Astoria, NY 11106



802 9th Avenue

New York, NY 10019



137 East 116th Street

New York, NY 10029



LaGuardia Airport

Terminal B (Space 406)

Flushing, NY 11371


Washington Heights
Northend Food Hall

4300 Broadway

New York, NY 10033

251 West 50th Street

New York, NY 10019



166 East 82nd Street

New York, NY 10028



36-02 35th Avenue

Astoria, NY 11106


155 Amsterdam Ave,

New York, NY 10023


207 West 14th Street

New York, NY 10019