Empellon Midtown

4.6
639 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican
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Hours of operation
HOURS OF OPERATION

Lunch:
Mon - Fri | 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Mon - Sun | 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Bar:
Mon - Fri | 11:30am - 12:00am
Sat - Sun | 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 858-9365
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Duncan Grant
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
at 53rd Street between Madison and 5th
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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.
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Entertainment
A/V functionality
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us on New Years Eve! Enjoy an a la carte menu until 7:30pm, then a 5-course, $125pp prix-fixe from 8:30pm, that includes a welcome margarita, midnight toast & party favors.

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:15PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Tue 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Wed 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Thu 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

What 639 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff makes you feel like family. Food is authentic, healthy, and fresh. Always a wonderful experience with friends and colleagues.

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NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is tasty/flavorful but pricey. Dessert not so impressing

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AB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, wonderful food, beautiful space, everyone was attentive to our needs and desires. A great experience - we were talking about the food all night!

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice/interesting/reasonably priced lunch prix fixe menu, some interesting wine by the glass, good/pleasant service, comfortable seating area, moderate noise upstairs (even with a few large groups),

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PL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was simply awesome!!! We loved it. Try to the pastrami tacos.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Look, I understand that places like these attract Wall Street bros. But these 50 year old men were absolutely batshit crazy, screaming and being obnoxious. I get it—I’ve been those guys before. But clearly everyone sitting near them wanted them out of there and the only thing the manager did was offer us a free round of drinks. Wow.. a free round of drinks. Move the boneheads, you piker. Terrible mgmt. overrated food. Waitress was great and cocktails were great. The rest was forgettable. Won’t go back

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b
Chicago
194 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, would like to try more. Service was prompt, so a good place for a business lunch where you want to get in and out within 60-70 minutes. Prices are over the top even for NYC - $22 for two small tacos?? but the quality was very good.

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TN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Creative. amusing and delicious take on Mexican cuisine in a lively and modern midtown location. Desserts are not to be missed.

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JG
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and energy. Our server Jennifer was just delightful

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M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent & delicious, altho rushed to the table
Service was spotty/inconsistent/incoherent
Surprising that the A-Game wasn't there for Friday night service.

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SE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Thia place was a big miss for me and my husband. With the exception of the Gaucamole ($21 price tag), the food was very bland. We ordered the short ribs and skirt steak as our main dishes. We ordered our appetizer and not 5 min after our appetizer came out, followed by the main course less than 5 min after that. Did our food come out of a microwave? We felt as if we were being rushed! I kid you not from being seated to paying the check it was under 1/2 hr. Please save your $130!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and exceptional service. Adriano, our captain, is a mega winner!

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SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Prix fix deal for lunch. A ton of food and everything was delicious! Didn't even have time to eat the guacamole with the 7 salsas...so much food anyway that we didn't need it although it looks so pretty!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sarah, our server, was EXCELLENT! Her charm and charisma made the experience that more enjoyable. Excellent noise level for a business dinner. Food was delicious. Cant wait to go back :)

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and professional waitstaff and great tacos

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RR
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous! Very creative food. Staff attentive and pleasant.

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K
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Margaritas (personalized with the addition of Italian Orange Liquor) and food were both excellent. Staff was incredibly accommodating. Delayed flight arrival put us 45 minutes behind reservation; staff held our table and ended the evening for us with complimentary Mezcal and an off the charts reconstituted pineapple dessert. Really nice people; cool vibe; and lacking any pretentiousness. Definitely will go again.

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T
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exquisite Presentation, delicious food, attentive service. I will definitely be back.

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J
Richmond
66 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome tacos. Our diverse group each loved what they got. Personally both the steak and octopus tacos were 5 star hits.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot rate this restaurant more highly, the avocado dessert is amazing! I

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MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a favorite Mexican restaurant. The dishes are very creative, not the typical nacho type restaurant.
The noise level is quite high, especially at lunch and early evening with a large bar crown. That being said- it’s more than worth the noise-the food is delicious

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b
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were very good and we especially enjoyed the pastrami tacos. Some unique twists on traditional Mexican food made our dining experience very enjoyable

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Pastrami Taco and Octopus Taco were both great.

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Very energetic vibe. Service was perfect. Everyone we interacted with made sure that we had a wonder experience. I highly recommend Empellón.

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S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food. Fantastic server!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice atmosphere, but amazing amazing service. Ossy and Damien catered to my cousin and I and were spectacular. Friendly, attentive and caring. They represented the restaurant very well. I will 100% be coming back!!!

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BS
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot. Server was really lovely and advised well. Vibrate crowd with good vibe. Foods delicious. Passionfruit margarita recommend. Would go back. Pork belly chicorone a bit bland. Everything else was great.
Thanks guys.

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N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Terrific location. Food was fine for what hey advertise , exotic and interesting kinds of Mexican. Great mix of cocktails.

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MP
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding flavor combinations. Highly reccommend the uni/crab nachos, the smoked Black Cod and any of the tacos are fabulous. Nice wine selection and interesting craft cocktails

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MT
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in NY! Flavorful, well presented, unique.

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o
San Francisco
113 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My third dinning experience was just as wonderful as the other two. A great, easy dinning experience in midtown!

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AO
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Highly recommend the crab nachos and octopus tacos. The margaritas are excellent too. The only downside is it's super noisy and the scale slightly kills any ambiance. Recommend the Taqueria in the West Village instead but this is one of the few decent midtown dining options that is good food without being $300 a head.

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R
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Empellon is a mixed bag. For those who can lip read, it may be OK, but the noise level is ear-splitting. If you can manage to get one of the two tables near the 53rd Street windows, it gets a tiny bit better. The food has its good news and not-so-good news. The taste is fine. The portions are tiny. On balance, there’s not enough on the plus side to offset the shortfalls.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this spot. Delicious innovative Mexican in Midtown with great Margaritas 👌

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LA
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and excellent service.

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l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best waitress!!!!

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DO
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Really disappointed. Very few diners and so staff had little to do and were too busy talking to each other than pay attention to the guests paying to be there. The wine that was produced by the waiter was a different year to the one we chose on the menu and it was only when we pointed it out that they conceded it was not right. We then received our starters before another bottle we ordered was delivered to the table. Frustrating. The food was lovely however, overall, not worth the effort.

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LN
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Celebrated my nieces 24th birthday and had a wonderful meal. We did alot of sharing of starters, appetizers, mains and desserts. Of course, enjoyed my favorite Spicy Cucumber Margarita to wash it down.

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OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food wonderfully prepared and served.

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ES
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious hospitality. We loved the flight of salsas the best - they were amazingly varied!

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