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Empellon Midtown, New York, NY

Empellon Midtown

4.5
4.5
1014 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary Mexican
Empellón is our flagship restaurant located in midtown east. Empellón serves contemporary American cuisine with Mexican influences and a distinct New York City point of view.

Chef Duncan Grant creates an ever changing menu that focuses on seasonality and keeping things fun amidst an upscale environment.

Our beverage program showcases a selection of wines by unique global producers with an emphasis on small production. Our cocktails focus on precision and the use artisanal Mexican spirits. All of our beverages have been designed to pair with our cuisine.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 858-9365
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Duncan Grant
  • Catering
    Catering is available for delivery in Manhattan or for pick-up from Midtown. Empellón catering brings a range of tacos and sides to your home or office. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are available. See our website for more details.
  • Private party facilities
    Empellón is a two-floor, 160-seat restaurant at 510 Madison Avenue. Built as the retroactive mothership of the Empellón Group, this location is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers an extensive agave program, along with semi-private and private dining rooms for cocktail parties and events.
  • Private party contact
    Alexis Bendjouia: (844) 563-4195
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Cross street
    at 53rd Street between Madison and 5th
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Steps away from the E and M train at 53rd Street/5th Ave, and two avenues away from the 6 train at 51st and Lexington.
  • Entertainment
    A/V functionality
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,014 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

1,014 Reviews
  1. Anonymous

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overpriced and tasteless. Waiters were great.

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  2. voyageuse54

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service even gor a big group. Nice drinks and wines. Keep coming here !

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  3. nadia

    New York City

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food. Great service. So aware of our dietary restrictions.

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  4. westie18

    New York City

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Location somewhat difficult to find - It is not on Madison but around the corner. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our meal and the service. Strongly suggest that items be shared since flavors are BIG and it might be hard for just one person to make use of the generous (not inexpensive) portions. Will happily return if opportunity presents itself.

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  5. Jays

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic the chef was hitting on all cylinders . I had pastrami tacos they were sick goos

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  6. DebbyP

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I would like to especially thank the hostess for giving us a table in the back where the noise level was manageable to have a conversation. The food was more like a nouveau riff on Mexican food but every dish was delicious in an individual way.

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  7. Creetownman

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice experience with an interesting menu. I was dining with people that had dietary restrictions, but it was no problem for them to modify the entrees to fit. Friendly staff in an interesting environment. The cocktails were a bit pricey but again, very interesting.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Small portions, the salsas were good. Aged prime rib made me sick after. Wayyy too expensive. Wouldn't go back. Not worth it at all

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  9. JasonS

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Super noisy and loud - can they put some noise dampening cloths around??

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  10. Johnnyyyyyyy

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Glad to come back after a year! Can’t wait to be back !

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  11. ZohaibQ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible desserts, creative genius by the chef and generous manager.

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  12. Emmy

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Empellon!

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  13. BinLA

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tortilla chips with 7 salsas delicious!! (All but 2 most spicy which I couldn’t eat...). Brussels sprouts and yams - would order again! Cucumber margaritas were awesome - glass rim coated with spicy salt - really good!! Masa-stuffed clams were quite good - although not a lot of clam flavor. And the halibut was good, although a little over-cooked.

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  14. CDS1975

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We forgot it was restaurant week, but ordered of the restaurant week menu, and had a great meal. The presentation was excellent. The portions were a little on the small side, but were very tasty.

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  15. JenniferA

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, well dressed and professional staff; busy but not uncomfortable (it was a Thursday, so weekends might be more crowded); delicious food and unique cocktails; lighting and music/conversation levels were perfect. Highly recommend.

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  16. ScottV

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very tasty but too over priced. The service was good. But it was not worth the price.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I arrived here with no real expectations and was so pleasantly surprised. Despite the noisy bar scene ( good bar for single ladies😉) I enjoyed the quieter seating near the kitchen where I got to see the chefs working in harmony. It was my belated birthday celebration and started off with the salty, spicy red salt rimmed cucumber margarita. The presentation alone piqued my curiousity for the meal to come. We had A LOT of food .. cabbage with toasted nuts.. not my favorite as dressing was too thick.. shishito peppers.. perfectly salted and roasted... pastrami taco with mustard... highly recommended extremely tasty... and short rib, just lovely in texture and taste made with jalapeño and raisins. For my birthday, they brought a guava cheese cake with red raspberry flower shaped cookies .. definitely a work of art.. and we had the chocolate mousse with a dollop of ice cream on the side.. my real favorite with tried and true familiar flavors. I would highly recommend empellon and am definitely returning soon. BTW, try it because it’s restaurant week in nyc and they are a participating restaurant!! Enjoy!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Despite having a 1230 pm reservation, we didn’t get a table until 1 pm. Very inconvenient during a working day

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  19. CDF77

    New York City

    78 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Couple of great dishes for sure, ok service and horrible coffee far away from what expected

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  20. Frednyc

    New York City

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Hi he absolutely best tuna tartare (not the usual) and pastrami tacos that challenge Katz’s. Topped only by the avocado dessert.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    154 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Such a good value in midtown. Not your usual business lunch food

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced; service was below average

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  23. sidifood28

    New York City

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I was annoyed we were sat 30 minutes late despite having a reservation, but appreciated the complementary drinks provided by management to make up for having to wait so long for a table. Myself and another friend had the restaurant week menu which was great. Our other friend loved her steak. Service was excellent, staff was friendly and attentive. Good drink selection. Would definitely return.

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  24. AndrewS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food & service was excellent. We were seated immediately and the waitress made some very good recommendations from the menu.

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  25. gmiguelps

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service are very good. I really enjoyed it, the only issue I have is that it is very expensive. In other words the value per dollar is a bit askew. But if you do not have a care for cost you will certainly enjoy it.

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  26. RCJC

    New York City

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food is ok but the drinks are wildly overpriced. $19 for a classic margarita that, if I weren’t in midtown, would be $12 anywhere else. We were there for a special occasion, arrived right on time for our reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes for a table.... next to the bar. I guess because we weren’t wearing the finance bro uniform, like everyone else in this place, we were deemed unworthy of a seat in the actual restaurant. This whole place is a great reminder that the best dining experiences really are below 14th street.

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  27. bittermangoes

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week was a great deal, but would go back regardless. Great portions and the guacamole + chips we ordered was refilled three times. Surprised by the generous portions and overall amazing staff. Ambiance was great - felt lux and clean. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend the fish tempura tacos - they were hearty, filling and tangy. The drinks were great too!

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  28. JaniceC

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table of four dined during restaurant week. The waiter was really helpful and attentive. THe tortilla soup and clam appetizer were enjoyable and tasty. We tried different tacos the fish tempura being our favorite. The chocolate dessert was excellent. Limited gluten free options.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great, innovative midtown lunch that’s a refreshing change from the usual expense account fare. Don’t miss the Chips and guacamole, tacos, and “avocado” dessert! 🥑 😋😋😋

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Food and service was excellent - waitress extremely accommodating. But the bar area was freezing! We were sitting at the innermost banquet of the bar area and there was a draft the whole time!

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  31. CindyC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    However I did have my first food allergic reaction. Hives! Smoked black cod? And I loved the cod sooo much. No regrets

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  32. pammie

    New York City

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Will surely return. Great place!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food great. Dessert was off the charts amazing.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The atmosphere is dated, the space and decor a little middle-America and lacking in sophistication.

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  35. Blurp

    New York City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food for its location which is generally a food desert. Nothing outstanding to write home about.

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  36. DonnaN

    Naples

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Great vibe. Loved the margaritas

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  37. miker

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Kristin was wonderful and made the evening a fantastic experience. We enjoyed the salsas, the tacos and the dessert was fabulous

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  38. BLeeNYC

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was good, service was fine. Crowded and loud. Expensive for what you get - both the food and the atmosphere. I will not return.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very over priced with poor ambiance. The siete salsa guacamole was decent but aside from that would pass on the entire experience.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was very good as usual. I thought it was a little bait and switch to have ribeye on the menu then when I ordered it I was told it was switched to skirt steak. I was charged the same as the ribeye was on the menu, I think the price should have been adjusted for the lower cut of meat. That being said the dish was still very good. I would also like if I could use the opentable pay function here.

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Empellon Midtown is rated 4.5 stars by 1014 OpenTable diners.

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Empellon 510 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Additional information

  • Cross street
    at 53rd Street between Madison and 5th
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Steps away from the E and M train at 53rd Street/5th Ave, and two avenues away from the 6 train at 51st and Lexington.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Duncan Grant
  • Entertainment
    A/V functionality
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 858-9365
  • Catering
    Catering is available for delivery in Manhattan or for pick-up from Midtown. Empellón catering brings a range of tacos and sides to your home or office. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are available. See our website for more details.
  • Private party facilities
    Empellón is a two-floor, 160-seat restaurant at 510 Madison Avenue. Built as the retroactive mothership of the Empellón Group, this location is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers an extensive agave program, along with semi-private and private dining rooms for cocktail parties and events.
  • Private party contact
    Alexis Bendjouia: (844) 563-4195
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