Empellon Cocina in the East Village is still one of the most exciting Mexican restaurants in a city with very little excitement in that department.
The food wasn't good all, the ceviche wasn't interesting and we had to add our own salt. Also no freshness and no crunch. Very small and dry oysters, fried eggs with bad mayonaise. The taco's where horrible, way too heavy on flavour and too intense.
Overall it was disappointing, we had better taco's on the street next to chelsea market for 3 dollars ( 16!!! At empellon)
From the time we ordered, it took 30 minutes to receive the appetizer and an hour ten minutes for the entree. 3 of the 5 items we ordered were good, the other 2 were very bad.
This was our first time and we loved it! The guacamole was awesome and so were the drinks. We tried many different items on the menu and they were all great. You will not be disappointed.
Very Limited, over priced menu.
The specialty tacos were just ok.
I live in NYC and dine out frequently; this was too pricey for something "just ok" and not much choice
Wont be bringing friends
The uni appetizer was really well done but the goat taco was dry and tasteless; the falafel taco was dry and ordinary; the gooseberry dessert was terrible. I've eaten at Empillon in the West Village which was delicious and was the reason we tried Empillon Cocina.
Very disappointed after hearing great things. The drinks were great but everything off the menu lacked flavor. Service was great and waitstaff were nothing but friendly
The food was extremely over-seasoned. The restaurant seemed over rated, nothing we had was exiting or delicious.
Guacamole with 7sauces is s must!! The melted cheese and chicken tenders tacos was amazing. Ribs and pork belly tacos were ok. Gooseberries dessert had weird taste but other dessert was delicious! Definitely one of my top mexican restaurants.
Fun place, great service, food was good: strane but tasy combinations
Food was absolutely amazing. Would absolutely dine here again.
Waiter was pushy and inattentive at the wrong times.
We ate at the bar. The bartender was very helpful in explaining and recommending the excellent small plates and dessert we ordered. Drinks and guacamole were very good!
Felt pretentious for no good reason. I like the other empellons but recommendations here were off, server didn't understand gluten but someone came over and clarified after. Came for tacos and nothing on taco menu sounded good...ceviche was great, meatballs were boring...they lost me when I walked in to see their guac and salsa costs $21 in East village.
Pass on the gooseberry dessert-almost inedible
Everything else was fantastic & great service
great waitstaff, super friendly and delicious food. fun, hip and casual.
Made reservation over open table but restaurant was actually closed. Bummer because we took transportation to the restaurant just to find it closed.
Fun food but less fabulous than expected. Guacamole and seven salsas (especially cashew) set a very high bar that isn't met again. Enjoyed ourselves a lot despite allergy to noisy places.
The food was excellent! It is very unique from any other place I have been to. I was in love with the guac and the jumbo prawns! The drinks did take a little while to come but everything else certainly made up for it. The service was impeccable as well.
Was expecting something more refined, perhaps will try the tasting menu
We had an incredible meal. Lots of fun. Service was too notch.
I loved dinner at Empellon, which had inventive dishes and great margaritas.
We are from NJ. We visited Empellon a few months ago and couldn't wait to bring our foodie 15 year old taco lover back. The 7 salsas and guac alone would have been enough for us but we ordered a bunch of tacos and the chicken meatballs. Everything was awesome. We were hoping to meet Chef Stupak but he wasn't working in this location. Hopefully next time. We'll def be back.
Lovely ambiance and very good food! Had a post-theater dinner with family that turned into 3.5 hours fun affair. Guacamole with fresh corn chips and mild and sweet smoked cashew and spicy arbol salsas and oysters, followed by uni on toast - wonderful interplay of creamy eggs, crunchy seeds and toast, and melt-in-your mouth uni, and then pork belly and mortadella-olive salsa tacos - charred just right tortillas, tender pork, and riSted to crisp mortadella - wonderful combo but more briny olives would be welcome! My son had a juicy bavette steak with the best creamed spinach I ever tried in my life: probably, using Mexican spinach was a key. My vegetarian brother opted for refreshing citrus-y red snapper ceviche and shishito peppers tacos - blusters but bit burnt and buttery peppers and smooth creamy sauce. Drinks - started with tangy Obregon fizz and shared a bottle of amazing Albemarle Sauvignon Blanc - floral aroma, slightly minerally taste, and lingering fruit aftertaste. Desserts - I had cape gooseberries that were a bit overpowered by mezcal and my bother had 2 (!) portions of incredible milk chocolate custard, goat milk ice-cream, and popped amaranth seeds concoction - licked both bowls clean! Overall - good service, nice vibe, memorable experience! Stupak did not disappoint!
The appetizers were larger than the entree which was strange but overall great food and margaritas. Good Winter 2017 restaurant week choice
Saw it on a TV show and tried it. Nothing but great food , drinks and great service. If you like a creative Mexican food than this is for you.
I was very disappointed to see that the Restaurant Week menu I was given at Empellon Cocina was missing a dish that was listed in the menu online. I was also surprised to find that the Restaurant Week deal was not a deal at all, but in fact it's standard on the menu -- the small plate/taco/dessert combo is always $42. There were also some mix ups in ordering. We ended up getting the six salsas for extra money even though I thought it was included, and I was served a second margarita that I didn't want. So, I went in for what I thought would be a cheap(ish) night, and ended up paying almost $100 for my meal. The food was okay, but overrated. I ended up being very happy that I paid extra for the salsa, because everything I ordered needed some extra sauce/flavor. I'm glad I tried something new, but next time I'll just go to my local spot and save my money.
Looking forward to returning and enjoying the chef's tasting menu. Drinks are delicious
The place was easy to find, the staff was great, the food was great, I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Chef Alex Stupak is certainly moving further away from the Mexican and Latin flavors that he so exceptionally riffed on from day one. It was the most exciting food experience I had anywhere when Empellon first opened, and I eat at all his restaurants often. But what I look forward to is the amazing new ways he used Latin ingredients. Lamb Schwarma, really? I'm not coming to Empellon to eat that, no matter how good. And, I miss the original masa chips, that were fabulous cornmeal crisps broken in lovely irregular shapes. The corn chips we had were just boring grilled broken tortillas, and not a great corn flavor either. Disappointing. And finally, $15 for guacamole plus $6 for salsa? I'm not sure any guac is worth that. Just sayin.' It may have always been that price point but it does seem kind of outrageous.
This was my first visit to Empellon Cocina. We sampled several small plates and found all of them excellent, including guacamole with 7 sauces from mild to ferocious, goat taco, ceviche. The servings were on the small side and prices were on the large side, but the cake taker was the smallest margarita I have ever been served anywhere, made with house ingredients, and priced at $14. Next time I'll have a beer. The happy hour specials are very good deal, but only at the bar where the noise level was fairly high.
The place was nice and the service friendly but the food was incredibly middle of the road, particularly given the price. Wouldn't recommend.
We loved it. It was a rainy Wed night and we had 6 people but sadly we were almost the only people in the place. Food is awesome I don't know why. I can't wait to go back!
This restaurant exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere was great. The food was quite amazing, my only complaint would be the plating on goat taco. It was pretty lackluster and plain, flavor was on point though.
This was a real surprise as I had been here when it first opened, but now it's a whole other, very cozy place, with both tapas and full plates. Everything was really outstanding, perfectly prepared and presented, and, at first when we saw there were only two desserts offered we were perplexed, but, these were two of the greatest desserts we've ever had and we are native NYrs and have been around the block several times!! Excellent service!
Overall, great food and interesting dishes. Would recommend for a good group dinner.
The food was very tasty. Some items were exceptional. The service was good to very good. The prices were just a little bit high relative to the portions, but appropriate for the quality.
De lo mejor en Manhattan.... si no hablas español bastante gente de el sttaf lo habla, la comida es increíble,los cocteles son únicos, hay Mezcales excelentes de Oaxaca,todo es buenísimo todo el sttaf es súper amable, si eres mexicano y encuentras a "nasario" es un súper mesero
Wonderful atmosphere with a diverse selection of flavors borrowed from various cuisines / cultures. Great cocktails and margaritas that were well balanced. We will look forward to returning for the tasting menu.
we keep going and Empellon keeps delivering. Latin fusion done right!