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.
Mon - Fri | 11:30am - 3:00pm
Mon - Sun | 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon - Fri | 11:30am - 12:00am
Sat - Sun | 5:00pm - 12:00am
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.View Private Dining Details
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.
Monday, December 31, 2018
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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
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!!!
Great service and ambiance. Terrific location. Food was fine for what hey advertise , exotic and interesting kinds of Mexican. Great mix of cocktails.
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
One of the best meals I’ve had in NY! Flavorful, well presented, unique.
My third dinning experience was just as wonderful as the other two. A great, easy dinning experience in midtown!
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.
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.
I love this spot. Delicious innovative Mexican in Midtown with great Margaritas 👌
Fabulous meal and excellent service.
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.
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.
Food wonderfully prepared and served.
Gracious hospitality. We loved the flight of salsas the best - they were amazingly varied!
excellent selection of salsas with their guacamole superb salads and seafood; and lovely homemade squash ravioli special
Interesting choices. Good food. Great beer list. Tasty wine. Very knowledgeable and friendly wait staff.
Great restaurant. Delicious food. Excellent service.
Very good food. Contemporary setting, enjoyable evening
This is one of Pete Wells's favorite places--despite the fact that he notes that Alex Stupak, the chef-owner sometimes gets a bit bizarre in his approach. Well, that's what happened to us. Margaritas and guacamole were excellent (try the cucumber margarita--it's heavenly!), but then we hit the main course. Two skirt steaks, both ordered medium, arrived kicking on the plate. Both were exceedingly fatty for skirt steaks (when you charge as much as Empellon does, at least you could moderately trim your steaks!). The spice rub on the steaks was to neither of our liking, and we are very eclectic in our taste. The corn ice cream taco for dessert was fine, but nothing special. Having dined at Empellon previously, I have to say that this time was a real disappointment!
one of my favorite restaurants. love to eat there every week!
The food was good but not great. I do have to say that the service is on point and the environment is Pleasant. However, feel that their attempt to be creative with Mexican food was a bit much for my palate. While I am expansive regarding try things some things should just be left not to be over inventive. That's my take
We always have at least one meal at Empellon whenever we come to New York.
The staff is welcoming and observant. For example the waiter noticed that my partner especially liked one of the eight salsas and brought more without being asked.
I rarely post negative reviews, but our dinner here was exceptional (and not in a good way). Getting the good out of the way first: The kitchen obviously prioritizes presentation; the dishes coming out looking ready for a magazine shoot. Ok...that was the good; onto dinner: I ordered the pork chop and it came to the table medium rare. There is no way this pork was safe to eat, so I sent it back. By the time it came to the table my wife had finished her dinner. (By the way, though an ENORMOUS piece of meat, the sauce was most reminiscent of the gravy on thin-sliced roast beef in the diners of my youth, lacking any punch, and merely covering the smokey flavor of the bacon wrapped chop.) Her fish was truly an odd dish. It was butterflied and covered with chips and what I think were sliced tomatillos, kind of like a semi-soggy, cheese-less, greenish nacho. The fish itself was bland. (As to the appetizers, the guacamole was unexceptional and without any heat, and the crab nachos were nothing to write home (or here) about, the sea urchin added nothing to the dish). We asked to take the pork home, but the kitchen couldn't find any bags, so stuffed it in an umbrella bag. So strange. We were comped two mini-ice cream tacos. They were probably the best thing we ate. Anyway, one of the employees caught us as we were leaving to offer apologies for the meal, saying he didn't cook the food or forget to order the bags. I had already taken that into account and left a standard tip. They say you get what you pay for, and perhaps since I was using an Open Table reward certificate, I should be happy that I paid (out of pocket) nothing. It was certainly what this dinner was worth.
Love the flight of salsas and the guacamole! Also very tasty drinks. My only regret is that I didn’t go in totally famished so I could’ve eaten more!
Service outstanding, food was great and a great value, and could be described as mexican fusion.
The crab nachos, octopus tacos, and fish tacos were amazing! We don't know the name of the lady who served us but she was equally amazing, authentic, friendly and just brilliant! The margaritas were strong and smokey. Would very much recommend this.
So enjoyed our experience at Empellon. The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. Overall it was a great experience, and will definitely revisit in the future. Thanks for such a great experience!!
I am familiar with restaurantes that serve contemporary, fusion-like Mexican food in New York City and Mexico City. Empellón does a great job of preparing creative dishes still with generous portions that make the experience last longer. The sticky tamal is a creative, well rounded, and a pleasant dish. It was a nice surprise to find Mexican wines, which are rarely found in the United States. Desserts are intriguing and, in particular, the avocado is an excellent dessert.
Interesting food, although a little bit hit or miss. Expensive, probably because it’s a bit of a novelty menu.
This is a good choice for a business lunch that's creative and fun, without feeling too stuffy or pretentious. I thought the Mexican food was excellent and the prix-fixe menu looked like a good value.
Great food and a very comfortable environment. Host and hostess are always very welcoming, table is available immediately when reserved, and service is excellent. A nice option for midtown business lunch.
Superb service and delicious food. Servers were very knowledgeable about Tequila pairings.
Delicious, creative food and cocktails. Environment was warm and conversation-inducing. The service was exceptional. Our waiter immediately met our individual needs, with vegetarian suggestions and several other recommendations. Wait staff was friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend!
Unusual menu and each item was delicious! Service was excellent.
I was especially impressed by the GM, who gave our table two complimentary desserts; I think he recognized me, since I do eat there with some frequency. I would recommend the upstairs rather than the downstairs, since the noise level is lower. Beautiful setting, original ingredients and plating; everyone loves the 7 salsas which accompany the guacamole. I took a major wine and food writer there, and he loved it as well, especially the cocktails. Vaut le voyage.
Excellent food and service.
With dishes like a delicious fish tempura taco, Empellon Midtown - like Alex Stupak's other two Empellon restaurants in NYC - offers a nouveau take on traditional Mexican cuisine. If you like Mexican, you must give it a try.
An interesting menu and worthwhile for a special occasion. Some of the staff very nice but our main waiter was very surely. Very expensive so beware.
I've dined here few times and it never disappoints.
We returned to Empellón for the second time after going during Restaurant Week in July and loved this visit just as much, if not more! Every dish was outstanding! You can taste the love and care put into every detail of every meal. Our server Ozzy was also top notched and provided an excellent dining experience, along with the entire wait staff. Thank you for another amazing meal! We will definitely be back! Full details on our Instagram: @excessiveeaters