Empellon Midtown

4.5
731 reviews
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Contemporary Mexican
Empellón (EM-PAY-ON) | verb | 1. To push or jostle. | 2. To break through.

Upscale, contemporary dishes serving an innovative take on Mexican inspired cuisine.

Established by chef & founder Alex Stupak, Empellón includes restaurants in NYC's East Village, West Village & Midtown neighborhoods.
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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff could not be nicer or more attentive, and the food is exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, great vibes

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VF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. Nice ambience.

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VC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Came here for Valentines day dinner.. Overall a decent place... impeccable interior design.. very modern with a beautiful upstairs area... BUT I cant get over the ridiculously chewy skirt steak .. I couldnt even bite into it I had to swallow the pieces I cut whole

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TERRIFIC.........................................!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was not good, menu had no options

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated about 5 mins upon arrival. It took almost 15 minutes to get water and drink orders. We actually had to call someone over to take drink orders. They appeared to be disorganized or understaffed

We finally ordered ordered almost 40 mins after being seated and not because we were undecided. It just took a long time.

It appeared that the front of the house manager was our server as he was the person who did almost everything for our table.

Food was very good however very pricey even for NYC. Drinks equally pricey even for NYC. $17 for a small tumbler glass.

Wine we ordered (a bottle) was not available due to a typo on menu. Manager brought a similar wine which was very good. Accolades the mistake by adding an additional bottle at no charge.

They also brought dessert platter to share at no charge. Thank you for that.

We only ordered small plates which were very good however for our party of 8, small plates, one round of margaritas (4 cocktails) and one bottle of wine the bill was almost $500.

Atmosphere was good but it seemed very disorganized.

Not sure if we will return.

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EZ
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and excellent food. Ambience was upscale but pleasantly casual. Great date and group dinner spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding
Already planning to come back again

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ME
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and staff. Really fun date night and Adriano was great - he had great suggestions and everything we tried was amazing. Definitely recommend!

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and the service! Had fun tasting the 7 salsas with the guac. The food was tasty and unique. They waiters were awesome! They refilled our chips and some of the salsa's that we liked the most. Everyone loved the food - we had the tacos: Hash Browns, Pastrami, Falafel and Fish. Loved the brussel sprouts. Would go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is awesome. The food is inventive and EXTREMELY flavorful and delicious. The wait staff knocks it out of the park! ADRIANO - our waiter - was fun, attentive and went out of his way to make sure we were happy with our menu selections, our table and our service. For this, Adriano - Lorraine, Nancy and Pam blow you a kiss! You were the icing on a fantastic restaurant experience. xoxo

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but service was slow and inattentive.

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AP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Empellon and we were extremely pleased both times. We'll be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent for work lunch. Service was prompt. Food is excellent, particularly the 3-course prix fixe menu.

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NH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I didnt like tacos at all. As a mexican restaurant it s better they have more selection of food. Guacamole was ok. It is ok to me because i like tomatoes in guacamole but they didnt add.
The hostess guy was a total mess. I tried to hang my jacket and i didnt see anyone around who ll be able to help me, so i tried to do it by myself, so hostess literally run to me and said “OMG you cannot go there! It is not allowed ! “ like i was person from street not a guest in a restaurant. But luckily we had a very good and attentive waitress!
But it s not the place that i will recommend to my friends or go there again.
P.S cocktails are really good

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

a very good option in midtown if you want some Mexican leaning food.
The Octopus tacos were really good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good meal & drinks - service ok but slightly variable

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EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazzzing! I'm still thinking about my dinner. The fish tacos were the best I've ever had and the guac was awesome.

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The service was very spotty we had to wait for the coat check
The waiter was supper nice when he was available but we had a long time for him to be available
The food was nothing special

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IG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food ambiance and overall dining experience. The cuisine was creative and cooked to perfection

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good and table service was fine. Biggest frustration is that we showed up right on time (after 3-4 reminders about our reservation) and then waited more than 20 minutes for a table. By the time we finished the place was just about empty. Ridiculous to wait that long for a table when you have a reservation.

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at dinner, can't wait to return! Food, wine and service all perfect!

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d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice decor, good food, and rapid service. Probably the most upscale Mexican restaurant one could imagine, catering to the midtown finance crowd. $21 guacamole appetizer says it all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive, delicious Mexican food, excellent service and attractive ambiance. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy some excellent Mexican wines!

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Z
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I enjoyed a dinner with family here, initially thinking restaurant week would be a good opportunity to try out the food. Overall the food was good though a bit pricy, good mezcal margarita, and fish tacos. I had the Sea Bream with a verde sauce and chilequiles, the fish was cooked well but the sauce a bit bland. The service was mixed with our waitress at the high top table prompt and efficient but fairly cold and not friendly. The staff at our table upstairs were warmer but they were too aggressive with clearing plates and meals before we were finished, somewhat disrupting the experience. As a whole we enjoyed the experience but I don't know if I can recommend given the price point, mixed staff experiences and other nearby options.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Stupak is from my hometown and our son, who is an Executive Chef in Boston, told my wife and I we need to eat at Empellon. It was fabulous. From the short ribs confit and fish tacos to the the salsas and mescals/tequilas, 5+ stars. Food was brilliantly prepared and the ambience was perfect. All that said, what made the evening was our waitperson Jose. Knowledgeable, personable, and genuinely interested in our experience, he made a great evening complete. Go to Empellon and eat Mexican food the way it is meant to be - savored, high quality, and with the flair of authentic regional food.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a wonderful restaurant. The atmosphere was welcoming and warm on a cold NYC evening. The food was excellent and creative ; each bite and each dish from our appetizers to desserts were filled with surprising and unique flavors that were absolutely delicious. But, it was the wait staff that took this restaurant to the next level—the unforgettable experience level. Our server, Adziano, treated us as though we were the only two people in the restaurant. He anticipated our every need with joy and humor and without hovering. He and his cohorts went over and above just about any set of servers I’ve ever experienced. Upon leaving we felt as though we had made a friend; a friend we will see again because the food was wonderful but Adziano made the evening unforgettable.

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b
Norfolk
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal here. Super buzzy vibe and excellent Food. The cocktails are great and all the food is top quality, modern, chic Mexican. The restaurant is dim lit and great for a date or group of friends. Excellent service and really wonderful evening. Would HIGHLY recommend. It’s definitely on the expensive side but worth it. The guacamole and dips are a must as are the fish tacos and the burnt banana ice cream pud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service but they shouldn’t use the tables next to the door where the draft comes through during winter. It was too cold.

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HB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal, every dish amazing, great unrushed service and what fun.

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d
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall I enjoyed the dining experience. However, the cocktails were WEAK & the second one was also even after I mentioned it.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose and Nunez were a terrific team and were spot on with service and more importantly personality. Food was fantastic, drinks were well balanced and not too boozy. I ate alone a four course meal and pricing was definitely justified. Will definitely make this a staple in every visit to the city. Great job all! Ask for table 201! Best seat in the house! Ask for Jose!

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Empellon!

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PL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent faire. Creative. Colorful.Most of all tasty. The Pork dish was better than any barbeque I've ever had anywhere! Helpful professional service. Tasty cocktails(that Pomegranite with Mezcal and smoked salt was divine!) A little pricey over all which will lead me to the downtown branches. Still would highly recommend to everyone who loves outstanding Mexican food.

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GR
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This place is loud.
Food was variable - tacos, cabbage salad, desserts excellent. $35 skirt steak was tough, salty, fatty, and served with an inedible onion salad thing. Stick to appetizer and any of the tacos would be an interesting meal.

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D
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a great spot and my second time coming here. this time we had one dish that fell flat but all the others were very good. the beef tar-tar queso was the dish that just did work. I'll be back when someone else is paying as this is not a cheap lunch with $18 dollar cocktails!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, courteous service but small portion for the price.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & service

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K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Our waitress was superb! The avocado dessert was amazing!

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