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Empellon Taqueria
Empellon Taqueria

Empellon Taqueria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.empellon.com/taqueria
  • Email: info@empellon.com
  • Phone: (212) 367-0999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:

    Monday - Friday 11 AM - 3 PM


    Sunday - Wednesday 5 PM - 11 PM

    Thursday - Saturday 5 PM - 12 AM


    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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Really great food, but the service was extremely rushed. We barely received our appetizers, and the main course arrived. And then the waitstaff came by every five minutes to see if we wanted our plates taken away...once when my fork was in midair. Wanted to have a relaxed meal, but it was difficult to do so when it felt like they were trying to turn the table within the first 15 minutes of our arrival."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A contemporary Mexican restaurant that can and does play Billy Ocean as background music. Definitely Mexican nouvelle cuisine, a la Rick Bayless, in an intimate environment."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went there for brunch. Had a res for 245pm. Once seated, they needed to have our order it because "the kitchen closes at 3" weird... Who closes now btw lunch and dinner on a sunday in nyc?? Anyway besides that awesome food. Will be back... around 2pm lol."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Alex Stupak deserves accolades. His food is a virtual 10/10. That's the reason I treated a party of 8 to dinner at Empellon Taqueria during my 5 day trip to New York from Toronto. I also dined at Empellon Cocina with my son. Alex Stupak deserves professional wait staff. Sadly, my very nasty experience at Empellon Taqueria is unparalleled as the worst and most unexpected restaurant experience of my life. This follows a year of dining in top restaurants in Toronto, Sydney, the Amalfi Coast, Vancouver, Paris, Provence, Berne and New York. Never mind a bitter taste in my mouth, I am literally shaken. Going forward, I will never ever place any personal belonging on a restaurant table ever again. What a nightmare this is."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food is innovative and excellent, the service is friendly and impeccable , and they have the most awesome flan in town."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great food and excellent drinks. We split 6 tacos and an order of guacamole between two people and were full. All the tacos were excellent (we tried Brussels sprout, duck and skirt steak). Brussels sprout wins for originality and deliciousness - that's the one we were still talking about the next day. Margaritas, both classic and original flavors, were well balanced and tasty. Chocolate dessert was outstanding. Loved the food, but the service was extremely rushed. We had an early res on a Friday, and I know they want to turn the table, but we had a three-course meal and two rounds of drinks in under 45 minutes. We were hungry, so we didn't ask them to slow down, but we definitely felt hustled. Service otherwise on point."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I told them I drink martinis so they made me one with mezcal - super start to the meal. Then a lovely small plate of shrimp sliced thin with shaved fennel and sliced green apple. Then two tacos filled with pork shoulder, seared pineapple cubes and cilantro - excellent."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great drinks, cheerful service, good (sharable) food. Always a good time."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Good food but prices are high for what is offered. Very small portions."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I've been here several times and really enjoyed it. But this time when I brought some out-of-town foodie friends there, the experience was miserable. The noise level was through the roof. The place was so crowded that we kept getting jostled by passers by - they clearly need to get rid of a couple tables in the front room. And the service was terrible. The waitress was not at all friendly and was rushing us through the whole evening. The busboys were clearing plates faster than we could finish them. And kept taking glasses away before we were done with drinks. We were never asked if we wanted dessert or another round of drinks. We left and spent a whole lot more time and money at a much friendier place down the road."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I don't like to moan, but I just wanted to say I was literally shocked by the attitude of a staff member towards me after I alerted them over a mistake they made in our dining experience. I was so shocked by her behavior, that none of the members of my party will be returning, even though the food was pretty good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Empellon is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the food. The bar isn't too bad either, so you can get a drink as you wait for your table (good luck on Friday nights). I took my girlfriend and she rates it as one of her favorite spots in the city. Great location, great energy and great food (the Guac speaks for itself). Highly reccomend this place and make sure you tip well (they work hard to make sure you're having a good experience)."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Yummy food, relaxed but attentive service, and fun - good value too. Will be back."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Fun spot, very lively scene. But too crowded, tables regular and group high tops...smashed together.not much room to enjoy. Room is attractive. We had 4 different margaritas/mescal drinks. Tasty interesting. Two starters came almost immediately after ordering. Chips and guac very good we'll seasoned. Tacos all good. Especially "pastrami" good and skirt steak. We were rushed the whole time...except when we ordered second round of drinks...it took forever..had to ask several times. As meal wound down...rushing out continued. Annoying. Dessert mediocre flan tasted more like chocolate pudding. We had fun but if I go back...it will be on a not busy night."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Delicious food. Great cocktails. Super attentive service. Awkward seats near the bar where bar patrons are constantly bumping into you. Borderline obnoxious music. Maybe it's your typical Friday night in the city but still..."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Although Empellon Taqueria has the best fish tacos in New York (and their queso fundido and duck tacos are terrific, too), both my dining companion and I tried several different drinks and thought they all seemed watery, weak, and rather flavorless. To add insult to injury, the drinks are quite pricey. This is my second experience along these lines with the drinks here, and I really don't understand it, since the rest of the experience at Empellon is first-rate. If they would get their drinks in order I could come here all the time; as it is, I am reluctant, since although the food is amazing the drinks are a buzz-kill. Literally."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The place was packed and full of energy. The drinks were good, the selection of tequilas extraordinary. The food was medium at best. The guacamole was good. We ordered 6 different tacos, nothing blew me away and the barbacoa wasn't good at all. The presentation was lacking and the prices were too high for what they brought."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Excellent lunch. Had the tempura tacos and chocolate flan desert which was to die for. Waiter was very friendly and extremely attentive. Only complaint had a few margaritas which came in a glass not much bigger than a shot glass and although they were really good they cost $12. Thought this was a little expensive especially for lunch."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The salsas are different than the typical tomato-cilantro kind - smoked cashew! Great guacamole and tacos. Loved it and would go back in a minute."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Outstanding food, service and ambience with interesting twists on classic Mexican dishes and an excellent tequila list."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Been here several times since they've opened and am most impressed with consistency and deliciousness of food. Guacamole, salsas an queso fundido are musts. Find the tacos that suit you and you're set"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The restaurant was packed for a Monday night, we had to wait a tiny bit for our table and but it was worth it. From the spicy cucumber margarita (my friend had the classic) to the tacos, every sip and bite was delish. Brussel sprouts taco shouldn't work, but I'll go back for just that!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Wow. My husband and I had dinner here the other night. For a Monday, it was lively -- front room was packed, back room was less so. The food is to die for. We had smoked plantain sopas… appetizer size portions of the lamb, pork and steak tacos… and both desserts (chocolate flan and a fruity tarty item). I loved every bite. The the specialty margaritas were so interesting flavors and just delicious. We will definitely come back. Love this place."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "1. The food is over priced and to be honest, it doesn't taste any better than Blockheads. 2. It's called Appetizer and Main Course for a reason. My wife and I went her for Valentine's Day dinner. Ordered an appetizer and two mains. The appetizer was on the table for no more than 5 minutes when the server decided to bring out our main courses. I get that it's Valentine's Day in NYC, but for the price I'm paying, don't rush my meal and over crowd my small table. 4. The check came and there was an extra charge on my bill for $21. When I mentioned it to the waitress she didn't even look at the bill and said she would remove it. It was like they try to sneak in an extra charge hoping people have had a few too many margaritas to notice."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our dinner took over 2.5 hours because of the ridiculously slow service. It took 15 minutes to have a server even approach the table and 20 to give us water. Everything took forever, and once we finally got our food, 2 members of our party did not receive their food for an additional 10 minutes. Luckily the food was excellent, it was just highly frustrating waiting so long for everything."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Ordered the chilaquiles and it wasn't exactly great. It was pretty bland to be honest. I'm not exactly sure how it made the list for best chilaquiles in the city"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Geat food, a little pricey for the amout of food you get, but definitely worth trying."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great margaritas! Really helpful and accommodating service. The food was also well priced and filling."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Organized a group of 6 friends to meet for brunch. Found this place on Open Table. Everyone left very happy!!! Great food, good atmosphere, and very kind service. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Great food for great prices - we really enjoyed the tacos and the gauc & salsa appetizer. Margs were good/average; neither impressed or disappointed. (pineapple marg is has a much stronger kick to it than the way it is described, fyi!)"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I have dined here on numerous occasions, but never on a weekend night. We had a reservation at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday and it was almost impossible to get in the door of the restaurant. In the front room (with the bar, where we were seated) the din was deafening. Our waitress was very pleasant and dealt with the crush with aplomb, but I would strongly suggest eating in the back dining room if you want to be able to hear your date."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The tacos we ordered were delectable! They came out hot and prepared with just the right amounts of accompaniments (the lengue was my favorite and I can't wait to try more tacos). Even though I'm not into Tex-Mex, the green queso with chorizo was memorable, the chorizo being the best Mexican chorizo I've tried in NYC (to-date). The michaladas were great too! The only dish I would not order again is the tuna tartar (ceviche), too much hot sauce, it overwhelmed the dish."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Not your usual taqueria - very innovative - 7 kinds of salsa. Funky place in the Village - music a bit loud for "old" guys like me but very fun and energetic. Great neighborhood joint for brunch."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Such a delicious and reasonably priced (for the area and cuisine) brunch spot. Top notch churro french toast and amazing tacos fit for a vegetarian."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We had the Serrano guacamole with seven salsas., and found the heat level bearable in all but the habanero. Each salsa in the first six had a delightful counterpart two higher in the list (particularly smoked cashew and chipolte) it was a very thoughtful balance of flavors. We started with the shortrib sopes and the cauliflower with almonds. The sopes were perfect savory bites, and the vegetables were good, although we were surprised that they were served cold. The dogfish tempura tacos were next-simply delicious, along with the pork shoulder al pastor. Those were also very good, and put me (pleasantly) in mind of Chinese spareribs. The cajeta-like chocolate flan with cinnamon-anise gelato was decadent. Definitely recommended."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Have consistently been pleased with this place. Had a friend come in from out of town and we had a fantastic dinner. The side dishes of the cauliflower almendrado and the kabocha squash with greek yogurt and pumpkin seed oil were fantastic. And as always, the tacos were favored wonderfully. A happy repeat customer."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Loved it! The tacos are fantastic, especially the skirt steak and the chicken and the drinks are great. Very welcoming and friendly, and everyone was having fun!"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Our first time at Empellon Taqueria for brunch was fantastic. Drinks, service, and the food all hit the right notes. It is nice to find some of your favorites from dinner are also available at brunch, but then to know that good potatoes, eggs, and savories are featured, too. Delicious."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "While the wait staff was really nice, the food was ok. It all sounded amazing, looked amazing, but was over seasoned with lots of salt. I probably won't go back again."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our first trip to Empellon Taqueria. The dining room was lovely, the food fresh and the beer cold. My dining mates had margaritas and loved them. The food was excellent and the portions large enough. The tacos were my favorite...skirt steak tacos, shrimp tacos, squash tacos...so good! The guacamole was excelent and came with a variety of sauces too. Would definitely recommned and return."
    Dined on 12/23/2013