Empellon Al Pastor (Murray Hill)

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58 reviews
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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, with happy hour specials served Sunday – Friday.

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 air hockey tables, classic arcade style and board games.

We serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week, and happy hour Monday - Friday. 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).

Specials

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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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM

What 58 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos were amazing, great, fresh flavors.

RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

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

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 4

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
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Overpriced mediocre food; however, drinks were great.

MH
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
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!

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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

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.

c
Toronto
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.

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 :)

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

For lunch great. Gets busy after work

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!

JS
New York Area
9 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.

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.

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!

DM
New York Area
22 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.

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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