Empellon Al Pastor (Murray Hill)

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$30 and under
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About

Empellón Al Pastor is a Mexican inspired restaurant and bar from Chef Alex Stupak in Murray Hill, located inside the Pod 39 Hotel.

Our menu focusses on tacos, nachos, bar snacks and salads. We use fresh masa to make our corn tortillas daily, they’re gluten free!

Our drink menu focuses on margaritas & tiki cocktails. Beer and wine is also available.

We have a rooftop bar with phenomenal skyline views, perfect for outdoor dining and drinking.

Our downstairs lounge has a large projector screen ideal for sports & game days, with an adjacent games room that includes foosball and ping pong tables, and board games.

We serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Happy hour every day from 12-6. Join us on Taco Tuesday for $4 tacos all day long!

*Please note that reservations are for the downstairs restaurant and lounge ONLY. Our rooftop is first come first served (except for events).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Dining Bar, Mexican, Pub
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm
Bar
Daily 12:00 pm–12:00 am
Happy Hour
Daily 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 865-5800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Stupak
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Catering
Catering is now available! Please contact us at 212-865-5800 for more info
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Cross street
Lexington Avenue
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Public transit
MTA 4/5/6/7/S at 42nd St Grand Central
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 72 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.9
service
3.8
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62% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MH
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

How can a kitchen be closed 10 mins after my table reservation time?

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

great tacos. poor service- under attentive wait staff; would've ordered more.

MP
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I would not come here again. The place was pretty much empty so I’m not sure why the service was so bad? Ordered three things on the menu, only two items came out. Before I knew it, the table was cleared and when I asked for my third item, they realized it was never put in. I decided at that point to leave. After asking for the check, waiting 15 minutes to get it and still missing last item. At least they didn’t charge me for it. Bad service, I still left a tip which in reality I shouldn’t have. Won’t be back again.

WC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service was excellent. The music was really loud but that was really the only issue.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We looked for a place to have a nice drinks, if you are not fans of the Mexicans drinks so you dont have what to drink there...

L
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The rooftop is not suitable for dinner, they should tell you that when you make the reservation. The food wasn’t as good as we hoped for. Poor taste and expensive for the amount of food that you get. Wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. Maybe for a late night drink at the rooftop, if it isn’t too crowded.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good service, yummy food and drink. Will be back👍🏻

WP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Not the same anymore. The food taste changed. It was better when it was salvation taco.

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food delicious in this vibrant noisy place!!!

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great cocktails. Happy hour prices were not extended on rooftop bar.

O
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Fantastic Rooftop with great vibe & atmosphere. They should provide dinner on the rooftop

Dinner menu is way too reduced vs other Empellon

t
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Replaced all our silverware and plates between courses. Appreciate that as it's less common these days except at very high end places. They also comped a beer after they forgot to bring it! Nice work! Very friendly staff as well. And of course the food was delicious and creative. Great lunch special prices as well!

ML
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was poorly made. It was not what we expected.. a very small menu with few taco dishes.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Solid food as you would expect from Empellon restaurant, except for fish tacos which overfilled with very doughy bartered fish. Not well balanced or flavoured at all. On the positive side the guacamole and al pastor tacos were both very good.

Cocktails very good

Service ok, but not quite what you would expect on trendy place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service! Staff was giving the wrong orders to the wrong tables, we had to ask for utensils and our drinks. The portions seemed wonky, the regular size shrimp salad was the same small size as the second course of the pre fixe. Trying to convince my team not to go again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos were amazing, great, fresh flavors.

RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu is very limited and tacos are bit overpriced. Beware the jalapeño poppers were so spicy we had to send them back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Great food and drinks. Way way way too noisy!!!!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Our server was super helpful and friendly too.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 9 of us came here for a long work lunch! We were very satisfied. Their lunch menu and happy hour starting at 12pm is just what we were looking for. The cheeseburger taco is great! Definitely would come back

CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience4

Very expensive, even though there was a special on that night. Food quality and quantity were poor . Table service was excellent, however.

DB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service is awful, couldn’t wait to get us out of there and clear our half-empty drinks and full guacamole- but then we wait 30 min for the check?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails but portions (especially guac) were a little small for the price. Would still go back!

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

In spite of the place being 20% full, service was deplorable. Never asked for refills of our drinks. One of us had to wait for 15 minutes for their cocktail even though the bar with 5 feet away. And once our food came, the waiter literally never stopped by to check in or ask about dessert or offer the check for 30 minutes. I finally had to get up and find him and ask for the check.

MK
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

The food was terrible! I have been in the food industry for 25 years and would not send anyone here unless you wanted to just drink. Atmosphere was very nice but a little loud .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We left after two minutes - the restaurant was ABSURDLY loud for a Wednesday evening and they couldn’t seat us anywhere else. I’m sure the food is good but I don’t know who would want to sit and wait for it.

RT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All was good except the DJ was a bit loud so it was hard to have a conversation

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

It was so loud, we left. I couldn’t even hear my girlfriend from across the table. It was like trying to eat at a heavy metal concert. It was horrible, we were seated, and left immediately. The server said that he totally understood our position.

ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Super disappointing.
Service was slow and not attentive.
Food was mediocre at best.
Overpriced.

BO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't tell anyone about the happy hour deals that are available at the tables (not just at the bar!). Food is excellent for this type of food. Service was so nice and helpful. Not too noisy. I have been to other Empellon group restaurants and this was up there. More casual than the one in the 40s. Great after work spot.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It’s super casual and the food was decent however... it’s so hard to enjoy a meal when you’ve been to the restrooms and they are just filthy. It just really ruins the night. Makes you wonder what the kitchen is like of the bathrooms smell this bad and are so gross

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Food and drinks are too expensive. Also the aircon was set way to cold, we got shivers all thrue dinner!

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Don’t go on Thursday night - too crowded and incredibly loud in bar area between diners for dinner and people standing in line for elevator to rooftop bar.
Other than Thursday, every other time, the food and drinks are top notch and a great local alternative to Empellon Midtown which is also very good.

h
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The server & service was nice but the food was mediocre. Our wait staff recommended the pork fried rice, which was too salty and had a piece of really overcooked and dried piece of pork on top. It used to be Salvation Taco and I didn't know that it had changed to this restaurant. Not sure I would go back for food... may be only for drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Overpriced mediocre food; however, drinks were great.

MH
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lunch special is a great deal! I had the green salad and tacos al pastor and I added the margarita for $1. Great food, great service! The rooftop was also amazing!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

TW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

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.