Empellon Al Pastor (Murray Hill)

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36 reviews
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Empellón Al Pastor is a casual restaurant and bar located at 145 East 39th Street within the POD 39 hotel.

Chef Robert Viera creates a menu that focuses on mash note bar snacks and tacos in a laid back environment.

Al Pastors drinks menu focuses on margaritas, beers and shots along with a few tiki inspired cocktails.

Empellón Al Pastor also has a rooftop bar that is open in the warmer months.

*Please note that any reservations will be made for the restaurant and lounge ONLY. Rooftop spots are first come first serve only. For groups of more than 10 please email events@empellon.com, for general inquiries please email alpastor@empellon.com.

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JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR!!

Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm
-$6 Beers/$7 Wines/$9 Classic Margaritas
-$8 Tacos(2 per order)/$8 Chicken Quesadillas/$4 Devil Eggs

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 15, 2019

Ends: March 16, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:45PM 5:00PM - 11:30PM
Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:45PM 5:00PM - 11:30PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:45PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM

What 36 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst food I’ve ever had. Would never recommend or come back. What a waste of time and money!

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiters kept getting orders wrong. Menu restricted to moderately seasoned food.

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TW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gotta try the cheeseburger tacos. Those things got me so hard I had to order a second round of them. The service was great and the food came out quickly and was perfectly prepared. The staff was kind, helpful, and asked if we had any allergies. Personally wasnt a big fan of the pina colada but they were kind enough to replace my drink without additional charges. Great dating atmosphere. The rooftop of the hotel is a whole vibe as well. Good music and cold beers. Highly reccomend.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Small menu with no descriptions of food, I have had better tacos at places that aren’t even specifically “mexican”, waiter was rude, felt rushed to leave. Would recommended that people only go here as a last resort. Drinks look good but food isn’t worth it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my dinner there with my cousins and fiancé! All the food we ordered and drinks were great. Really hit the spot! No complaints here :)

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot! App plus tacos for $18 and a margarita for $1!

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food.
Music way too loud to talk over a meal

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy Alex Stupak's food, so we were excited to try his newest location. The food was excellent, although I wish there were more taco options, as well as an option to order 1 taco at a time. Service was a bit delayed at times--especially for the drinks, but we got everything we ordered. The main complaint I have is that it was VERY loud and my wife and I felt like we were yelling at eachother at times.

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h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time here. Unbelievable food and service. Game room for kids. Rooftop bar. Awesome. Glad we went.

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j
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We popped in for happy hour and had drinks & delicious tacos. The Al Pasteur w/the pork/pineapple was my favorite. The fish tempura was also very tasty. Cocktails were a little weak but we will definitely return.

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EM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, great food and drinks, excellent service - we plan to go back soon.

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AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

For lunch great. Gets busy after work

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food tasted like it was frozen processed food and the drinks were very expensive. This is a tourist trap since its next to a hotel. $15 for one beer? Really??? I am not sure how this place will survive, there a ton of bars/restaurant's in that area that are so much better for your money.
Never going back to this place!

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JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Hour Specials were Great. However limited options!
$8 for Two Tacos. Excellent Tasting.
Chicken Quesadilla were Delicious.
1 Draft Beer for HH, 1 Can Beer for HH.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing food and too loud. Poor wine selection, the wine was lukewarm when it should have been chilled.
Will not return. My guest said that the food was awful, much to my embarrassment.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are fantastic! It is Mexican/American bar food, and the prices are super affordable. It’s a wonderful fun spot to celebrate the weekend. I went with a friend one week and loved it so much that I brought my husband back the following week! Great addition to the neighborhood! Will be back soon!

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DM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want a fun casual dinner of really yummy Mexican snack food - go here.

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A
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had fabulous service and excellent food. We really weren’t sure what to expect, given that we had read some negative reviews, but EAP exceeded our expectations and we look forward to going back. The food was good on all counts - we had the guacamole to start, followed by the cheeseburger taco (probably our least favorite - “it’s just a cheeseburger”), the lamb and bulgur fritters (scrumptious - would go back just for these), and the white beans as a side. All good. The portions are snack size so that you can order several to share. Drinks - just ok - but we were there for the food and it did not disappoint . Only criticism is that the place is super noisy. If you want to avoid that, go early or at off-hours, otherwise, be prepared to shout to be heard.

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JL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very amateur service. Food was average compared to other of the chefs places. Drinks were bad, pass on the bloody Mary's. Left ours half drank. Empty for a reason, the restaurant it replaced used to be full always.

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A
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Great place if you are staying at the POD hotel and want to get out of your cell into a larger space. Not so great if you are interested in a fine (non-bar) dining experience where you can hear your companions. It is basically a bar with a row of high tables & high (backless) stools against the wall. That said, the food is quite good.....a shadow of the 'more formal'', 'full service' empellons.

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RR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Drinks are overpriced for their size (even for Manhattan). The service was terrible. We ordered food and had to ask for everything (silverware, water refills, etc).

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W
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I guess I didn’t realize that it was a younger scene. It’s not for an older crowd. Otherwise, the food was very good. The ribs stand out the most for me.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The room was far too loud for conversation. Food was fine but quite salty.

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PL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was really looking forward to this place opening, unfortunately it has already limited its time for happy hour specials - before 6pm - within a month of opening, and I’ll never understand how a place can charge $14 for a margarita or $12+ for an order of 2 tacos.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome and big portions, great for sharing - good choice

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C
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Alex Stupak's new casual place is a winner, great fun bar snacks you can build a meal off of and the price is right, especially given the high quality and careful preparation. Expect service kinks to be worked out

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our bartender was a rock star

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RT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Liked the food and service but hated the dark Satanic decor. Gave me the creeps. I couldn’t wait to get out of there!

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JN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

There are a lot of snack options on the menu, but very few dinner options. The food was good, but the menu was too casual for what I expected. I had been to Salvation Taco many times, and I have been to Empellon. Without reviewing the menu (my mistake), I assumed this would be ST elevated by the Empellon touch. It is not that. Also, the margaritas were terrible. Our server was lovely, but the drink service was very slow.

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EI
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It would have been good if there was more vegetarian options..otherwise the food was good..overall a good experience

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M
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was just ok on average. Very good guacamole but way too chewy and garlicky ribs. Decent curly fries and nothing special tacos al pastor. Decent drinks. I expected something a little more like a real restaurant; this felt more like a bar that happens to serve some food.

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Serving overpriced shot glass sized margaritas, this places truly knows how to grind my gears. Not only has this restaurant ruined margaritas for me, but my mouth is still in the process of cooling off from the sweet potato tacos I ate. The wait staff is great, love them, but however they did ask me if I wanted chips and gauc as if it was complementary although contrary to the check it was otherwise ($15). 4 tacos, 4 drinks and chips will put you down $100.

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e
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great dinner at Al Pastor @ Pod 39 Sunday night! Highlights of the meal were the cheeseburger tacos and the wings with brown butter macha sauce! I highly recommend checking out this location as well as all the other Empellón establishments!

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k
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at this restaurant and everyone there was so accommodating! We had a rather large group of people (8) and even though I originally made the reservation for 7, they were able to accommodate an extra person. It is a great, chic spot in an area where there may not be that many trendy restaurants.
The food was great, especially for a group of people. We ordered guacamole, chicken wings, french fries, and one of every taco available and it was perfect to share with a large group (of people with varying dietary restrictions!) The drinks were great as well (I loved the shot and chaser pairings!).
The restaurant is very trendy and cool. I was shocked that this place only opened recently because everything ran pretty smoothly. I had been here multiple times before when it was Salvation Taco and I can't wait till it gets warmer and the roofdeck is open.
All in all, a great spot especially for large groups of people!

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l
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Bad food! Bad service! Bad Margaritas! Though Al Pastor is part of the Empellon (which is good) this was not!! That's all...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Or very authentic. Very small selection. Place was cold.

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The reviews below were submitted before January 14th 2019, when this restaurant changed management.
OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The menu has changed and it’s awful. I loved the previous menu and I now can taste the budget cut. I will only come back for drinks and the rooftop.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

With kids. Got table in lounge area and worked out really well

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MV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The simple fish taco was amazing here, perfect blend of spice and creamy fish sauce, paired with the white Pinot Gris and some guacamole and chips, an excellent meal. The oysters with cheese and bacon were decadent and delicious too!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 4

What happened to salvation taco.... menu with curly fries?!?!? Wtf?

Former glory has faded

Staff is still great tho!

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