Empellon Taqueria
Empellon Taqueria

Empellon Taqueria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.empellon.com/taqueria
  • Phone: 2123670999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday 11 AM - 3 PM

    Dinner:

    Sunday - Wednesday 5 PM - 11 PM

    Thursday - Saturday 5 PM - 12 AM

    Brunch:

    Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 3 PM

    

Late Night (bar only)
Friday & Saturday 12 AM - 1:45 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Alex Stupak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.
  • Special Events: Private dining room and event space available for private functions and special events. Please inquire at events@empellon.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 10th St
  • Public Transit: A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Empellon Taqueria
Open for Lunch, Dinner & Brunch. We opened our doors on March 22nd, 2011 with the intention of treating tacos with a high level of respect and serving them in a fun environment.  Which is how I believe tacos should be enjoyed. We designed the menu with the idea that most ingredients worth eating can benefit further by being placed atop a well-made tortilla. We push our kitchen team to explore the ubiquitous flavors that we all love about Mexican cooking in this country as well as the less obvious ones that we all should love. Empellon's approach to cuisine is informed by authenticity but is not limited by it.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Empellon Taqueria reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (114)neighborhood gem (89)hot spot (87)good for groups (72)vibrant bar scene (68)special occasion (30)romantic (27)great for brunch (26)great for lunch (19)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Food was good, service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I've frequented Empellon Taqueria several times since it opened having been a die hard fan of their lobster tacos so I suggested it for a group dinner for 5 to celebrate a friends birthday. The space is nice, albeit the front can get loud, but deceptively large as it expands to a quieter dining room in the back. We were seated, given menus and then waited. And waited. Maybe it was because there was a large loud party of 15+ people next to us, but it took an exceptionally long time to even have our server take our drink order, let alone return w/them, at which point we promptly ordered all our food for fear of her disappearing again. Pros: the guacamole, smoked cashew salsa, tacos, constant chips Cons: friendly but inattentive service
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  • Delicious!
    Hungrygirl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had a great meal at Empellon. Everything was delicious, small portions, but fairly priced. Service was very attentive as well. Would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GailVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    great food and service we were 4 people we all loved what we had the waitress was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner With Friends
    MarisaB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'm always down for a good margarita, especially in the West Village. Empellon Taqueria is the perfect place to get a great Mexican cocktail paired with outstanding guacamole and of course, tacos. From the waiter, the service, and the food the overall experience is definitely making me want to come back again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican with a Fine Dining Twist
    AJH12065
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Truly unique tacos and margaritas in the heart of Greenwich Village. Food and service were both stellar - don't miss the squash blossom tacos. Also some of the best guacamole, salsas and chips I have ever had. The smoked cashew salsa was particularly awesome. Watch out for drink prices though - at $14 a margarita you can easily spend as much or more on your bar tab as you spend on dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great service
    Cr450VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The 7 salsas are amazing. My idea of salsa always was a watery tomato, but not at Empellon;all of their salsas were great. Everything else was also delicious. And our waitress rocked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    LY9087
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I'd been trying to come here for sometime, while the decor & service were wonderful, I wasn't all too impressed with the food. My friend and i got signature drinks, she had the "breakfast margarita," it tasted like any other margarita would. I had the "apricot black tea," & i couldn't taste anything too unique about it. We shared guacamole & two of the salsas, which i definitely recommend and no you don't have to get the two suggested. There's 7 to choose from and i'm sure the rest are great. For the meal i had the Scrambled Eggs Fundido and while its a cool idea (mmm Chorizo) the cheese was more béchamel-ish & took away from the eggs & chorizo. My friend had the Chilaquiles and she said she liked them. I'd give them a 3 out of 5, oh well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • crippynycVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Really spectacular fish tacos and mushroom tacos, and absolutely delicious margaritas. Definitely worth a visit. The back dining room is significantly quieter than the front.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Your Average Taco
    betsybob
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderfully inventive food with a Mexican flair. Mix and match for the most intersting tastes. Great Margarietas. Young and vibrant crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unusual but it works
    audienceguyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Inspired combinations in them there tacos, pastrami with grain mustard, pork tongue, pork shoulder, fried oysters (a Friday night specially), ethereal br.sprouts with (I think I'm remembering correctly)hummus. Sharp good margaritas. Service was pleasant but the kitchen was very slow. This was mid-afternoon on a Friday. When I asked the waiter (who was gracious) why things were so slow, he said that it took a long time to make the pastrami. I decided not to be an a-hole and ask if they begin brining the brisket when its ordered. He was a nice guy. It was a terrific meal. And the world is whacked-out enough without New Yorkers without New Yorkers complaining about wait time between artisan tacos. Go. The place is just right
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taco $tand
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Average Mexican fare with great service, bar & scene.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best tacos & tequilla
    AsheeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place is tons a fun to grab a drink & have a great time! Kind of snug but crowd is so great being snug works there! Fish taco & oyster taco is best & try the sangrita with your tequilla!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had an outstanding meal here. Our group of 4 shared several small plates and tacos. All were delicious...fresh ingredients and creative combinations. They were also great with gluten free as one of our group has a gluten allergy. A little pricey but well worth it. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food is fantastic and unique. Servers couldn't have been better. Only complaint is that the music is a little too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great location
    KCarr
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Came here to celebrate my friend's birthday on a Monday night. It's a taqueria so I expected it to be a relatively small establishment and it was. We had moved our reservations to 8pm a the last minute and when we arrived at 8 we were seated in no time at all. Service is definitely not lacking with the receptionist. Our tacos were delicious, my friends ordered the skirt steak, and chicken tacos, while I ordered the shortrib pastrami... so tender! We also ordered salsa and guac for the table which we loved! There were about eight salsas brought to the table and each one even to the spiciest was just so flavorful. Lets just say three days later and my friends have returned to Florida and they are still raving about the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok food - but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was okay overall. While I realize the idea is to have upscale Mexican tacos, I can say that I have had much better tacos at half the price. Food portions were also very small. I would also recommend the restaurant look at using corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food, lovely ambience and the best margaritas I've ever had!! Beware the 7 salsas...the last one :-0 yikes! Great food, great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty to look at but...
    VJC8VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Overall: mediocre, inauthentic, overpriced Mexican food. How can anyone ruin tacos? Well, they did it! The chicken in my tacos was soupy tasting and bland. The steak tacos were better but nothing to write home about. We also paid $18 for two ceviche scallops. Yes, two (they were sliced into a total of four pieces, surrounded by little pieces of veggies). You're better off at Chipolte. Really.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go back soon!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great service and awesome food. Drinks were unique and delicious. Prices affordable and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungryallthethaim
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    yummy tacos, the steak and chicken were my favorite! Appetizers are really small and expensive for what it is, nothing amazing. Wish they would offer the shrimp tacos daily!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    MAS2013VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food, great energy, etc Service was wonderful. Fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Redem82
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    amazing food great service and a great atmosphere! Very well priced as well!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tight fit
    TheaterGoerVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a reservation for 3 and they sat us at a two person table. Aside from the very tight seating, brunch was uneventful.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empellon Taqueria
    FrancoisLesmains
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I can't get enough of this place. It's a little pricy, but it is the best Mexican food that I've ever had. And I'm not alone: Everyone to whom we've recommended the place comes back saying the same thing. Seriously, every one of them. Their tequila selection is hardcore, and their margaritas are just awesome. Their tacos are bombed out in the most positive ways ever. The staff is fantastic. The place is a guarantee for a great time out. Honestly, there's very little that I can say as a criticism about the place. Oh, I do have one. Bring back the tequila tasting flights! Please!!! My life just isn't the same without them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All good things on a taco
    Oola
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Enjoyed the fresh selection of tacos and other lovely treats on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all around experience!
    inkandwhiskey
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A great night out. From top to bottom everything and everyone exceeded our expectations. Informative friendly staff, interesting cocktails, and perfectly seasoned and prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded my expectations
    visitornycVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went with my husband and another pair of friends. We ordered the guacamole with all seven salsas and it was excellent. We each had favorite salsas. I had the meatball sopas and the tongue tacos. Both were outstanding but preferred the tongue. Everyone ordered different tacos and we mixed and matched. Sharing fish, duck, tongue and short rib. Lucky for me, only my husband wanted the tongue! We ordered the 2 desserts which were, as expected, fabulous. Aside from the noise level growing during the evening, I would go back, probably on a week night and earlier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great prix fixe menu during lunch, where the prices were low and the taste was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tacos for too much money
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    No question that the 2-3 oz. of ingredients on each of the off-the-menu tacos, e.g. skirt steak, lamb, duck, chicken, fried fish, et al. are delicious but at $6 and $7 per taco, the bill quickly approaches $50 per person with appetizers and drinks, and over $65 per person if you include tax and tip which everyone has to pay. The chef just prices his items at too high a price for what is brought out of the kitchen. And given the clientele, they don't seem to notice. The meal is tasty, the drinks are great and the appetizers are terrific....you just leave with the sinking feeling that you've paid way too much for what you ate. Sound/noise levels do approach high decibels which can be disconcerting as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Time for All
    Brooklynfriends
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The host was really wonderful and managed to seat us slightly before our reservation time. She was very nice and kind. We had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves. The fish tacos were amazing -- perfectly cooked and crunchy. The lamb tacos were also delicious and well prepared and seasoned. We loved the 7 salsas chips and guacamole -- and our server quickly refilled our chips bowls. The skirt steak taco was the only bad bit we had. It was tough, not marinated and all around not good. The noise level is deafening. So if you want a "party-like" atmosphere and don't mind yelling across the table -- this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best tacos I've EVER had
    R2d2
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Empellon is amazing. To say it's a taqueria or Mexican food doesn't do it justice. Amazing food, service, everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Tacos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The obvious highlight is the tacos, but there extensive and creative margarita list is a huge plus. The Lagerita was a nice surprise for drinks, and the duck tacos were absolutely fantastic. I also highly recommend getting all seven salsas with your meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food (chips, guacamole, bacon taco) was delightful and my peach cocktail was delicious. I would highly recommend this place to others!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WAY inferior to Empellon Cocina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food wasn't presented well at all and wasn't anywhere close to the Empellon's sister restaurant, Cocina. The food came out like it was just slopped in a bowl or on a plate - very unattractive presentation. The food wasn't anything special at all. The tacos were in big flour tortillas that overwhelmed the already flavorless taco fillings. The drinks weren't anything special either, plain, not to be confused with a beverage found at a mixology bar like you'd find at Cocina. I've always heard good things about this restaurant but I definitely wouldn't go back here again.
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  • Cool scene and excellent cocktails
    TryingnewplacesVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Overall a very good experience that was highlighted by the spicy cucumber margarita. It is among the best margaritas I've had and would be reason enough to return. The tacos and guacamole were good (though not excellent) and the venue provided the right mix of energy. Expelling is comparable to Rosa Mexicano or Dos Caminos in terms of dining experience though with a trendier atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deafening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We chose to return to Empellon because we were having a very late dinner (10:30), and we assumed that on a Monday night the noise level wouldn't be the kind of problem it has been at other times. How wrong we were! Even though there were few diners, the deafening level of rap music being played on the sound system was intolerable. If you're among those who wish to have no conversation with your friends and prefer instead the overwhelming sound of magnified bass with speakers that "go to eleven," then Empellon Taqueria is for you. If not, we suggest you pass up their really quite decent tacos and find a quieter spot--say, an MRI machine--to have dinner. We won't be back there on any day at any time.
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  • Creative and consistent
    Benjamin
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This is my 12th visit in the past couple of years . Creative food, excellent ingredients, always consistent, great service, vibrant bar, extremely noisy and certainly entertaining.
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO DELICIOUS
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Everything about my dinner here was amazing. The classic margarita was great, we got the green chorizo queso fundido and I was genuinely sad when it was finished because I wanted it to never end! I got the fish tacos and mixed mushroom tacos and they were both delicious and interesting. Will definitely be going back in the near future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empellon
    Nurita
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This taqueria aims to provide a diverse food experience but sometimes it may go too far out of Mexico's wealth of flavors. For example, the pastrami with mustard seed taco might belong in a deli not a taqueria. Having said that, what the heck is in that red sauce? It is absolutely delicious and should be bottled. Ambiance and service are very good. Food is good with some moments of glory and some misses. Overall, worth experiencing and I suspect that once you find what you like, it could be a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    BubonicDave
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went with high hopes, they were partially met. Nothing bad to report but was not blown away. Big city, plenty of options, this is another reasonably good restaurant to add to the list
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.