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Empellon Cocina - Permanently Closed

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4.1
595 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Permanently Closed - Acknowledging that creativity must come from inspiration, Empellón Cocina sees the vast greatness of Mexican foodways as our portal. In our kitchen, we reach for ingredients like hoja santa leaf and Mexican chorizo both because they inspire us and, quite simply, because they are good. Born out of a heartfelt fascination with this country and its regional cuisines, Empellón Cocina strives not to imitate or replicate, but rather to draw upon with an appropriate amount of respect, humility, and awe.

Like so many chefs that have tinkered, tweaked, and challenged their chosen cooking discipline in New York City, we embrace that spirit of freedom as we think through and toil over dishes that interest and excite us. We believe a restaurant should be allowed to change its mind every step of the way, and as such our approach is continuously evolving and deeply personal.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sat & Sun 11:45 AM-3 PM Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:45 AM-3 PM Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5:30 PM-11 PM Fri 5:30 PM-12 AM Sat 3 PM-12 AM Sun 3 PM-11 PM

  • Phone number

    (212) 780-0999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Stupak

  • Private party contact

    Cheryl Goff: (212) 367-0999

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    6th and 7th Streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 595 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. J

    Jason455

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    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)
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2017

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  4. s

    sherob

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2017

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    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
  5. SF

    SidneyF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    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
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The food was extremely over-seasoned. The restaurant seemed over rated, nothing we had was exiting or delicious.
  8. S

    Shoegal21

    New York Area

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  9. MC

    MCES

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun place, great service, food was good: strane but tasy combinations
  10. f

    fiveborojohn

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2017

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing. Would absolutely dine here again.
  11. G

    eatenG

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Waiter was pushy and inattentive at the wrong times.
  12. s

    suziediner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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!
  13. AO

    AnOldWoodenShip

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    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.
  14. CC

    CfromCali

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Pass on the gooseberry dessert-almost inedible Everything else was fantastic & great service
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    great waitstaff, super friendly and delicious food. fun, hip and casual.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made reservation over open table but restaurant was actually closed. Bummer because we took transportation to the restaurant just to find it closed.
  17. E

    Epicuria

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Was expecting something more refined, perhaps will try the tasting menu
  20. LS

    LaurenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible meal. Lots of fun. Service was too notch.
  21. CP

    ChristineP

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I loved dinner at Empellon, which had inventive dishes and great margaritas.
  22. C

    Carroodies

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  23. YR

    YanaR

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The appetizers were larger than the entree which was strange but overall great food and margaritas. Good Winter 2017 restaurant week choice
  25. a

    ashmuely

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2017

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    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.
  27. H

    Holly

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking forward to returning and enjoying the chef's tasting menu. Drinks are delicious
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food!!
  29. M

    Mwk88

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was easy to find, the staff was great, the food was great, I'd go back in a heartbeat.
  30. DR

    DesignR

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  31. J

    Jerry

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  32. RD

    RitikD

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The place was nice and the service friendly but the food was incredibly middle of the road, particularly given the price. Wouldn't recommend.
  33. A

    Ac88

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  34. WA

    WoAB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  35. MR

    MaeR

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, great food and interesting dishes. Would recommend for a good group dinner.
  37. AG

    AppreciateGreatFood

    Atlanta

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  39. M

    Midatlanticfoodie

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  40. h

    hamburgerloore

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    we keep going and Empellon keeps delivering. Latin fusion done right!

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Empellon Cocina - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 595 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th and 7th Streets

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sat & Sun 11:45 AM-3 PM Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:45 AM-3 PM Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5:30 PM-11 PM Fri 5:30 PM-12 AM Sat 3 PM-12 AM Sun 3 PM-11 PM

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Stupak

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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