Empellon Midtown

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$50 and over
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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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Mon - Thu 2:00PM - 2:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 10:00PM

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TB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience we loved the 7 salsas presentation! The smoked black cod was equally cool and delicious! We loved the tacos and Margaritas I had the pineapple and my wife had the cucumber. Very fun pre show date!

GH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great space. Great service. Strange menu. Had lamb chops.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed on the execution of the food. The meat in the tacos were dry and the tamale tasted muddled and was not good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Not worth the price, plus my friend was trying to order more than one order of tacos (because the portions are small), and the waiter made a comment about it being too much. We left hungry.

D
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great 3-course lunch special. As usual, the desserts are worth the price of admission. The cabbage salad was also a super-suprise. Never would have ordered it, but Gabriel convinced us, and rightly so.

DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was overpriced and the quality was not great. Short rib was chewy, tacos were dry, and charged extra for chips. We had our apps for about 15 minutes before we even got our drinks

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambiance. Highly recommend! We will return.

OT
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My go to midtown lunch!
Delicious and great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Unique mex type of dining. Chic atmosphere.

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Waiters where very upright and the food was very expensive. We are not regular people from midtown and they immediately noticed and were rushing us. As I didn’t order a cocktail (I cannot drink alcohol) no one refilled my glass of water. I ordered a $39 main dish, so I didn’t deserve being treated as a cheap costumer. The lamb chops were delicious though, but the crab nachos were completely overpriced and pointless.

f
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent . Innovative midtown restaurant. Nice staff

k
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous server. The chopped salad, queso w peppers, and fish taco were great and that banana dessert is amazing.

LA
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth time to Empellon Midtown with my husband and the entire experience from the food to the drinks to the staff was exemplary. The smoked black cod may be my favorite dish of all time and the halibut and the skirt steak were out of this world. I've said this before in various reviews but with so many restaurants in NYC -- I rarely if ever go back to the same place twice let alone four times but Empellon is worth it. Gents, the name of our table captain, has to be one of the nicest most elegant people ever and he and his wait staff team just made the experience even better. We took some good friends with us this time and they too that Empellon is a place that they need to visit again.

N
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing.
Too noisy for middle age clients

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food extremely below expectations

B
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

The food was extremely overpriced
I was placed «under» the stairs, which one often is when being only one person.

LP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Considering the hype for this place I was underwhelmed. Food and drinks were good but not worth the overinflated midtown prices. The flan was decidedly not good.

JS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Me and my wife had delicious meals at Empellon. I don't ever say this ... save room for dessert. Very creative and tasty. Prices are pretty high there.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I come to Empellon every time I am in NY. I relish the guacamole, but something was very different, in a non-positive way, with the taste and color of it this time.
The young lady who attended me was not very friendly nor attention orientated.
I love Empellon, so I will be back. Hoping that this was just an odd-off day.

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, and the most beautiful environment combine for a very special restaurant experience. Very impressed by the incredibly friendly and helpful service, including the terrace greeters. We had such a memorable meal, and really enjoyed the attention paid to us as we celebrated a friend's birthday. The staff made us feel so welcome and appreciated. Eating our dessert outside was a fantastic end to an amazing night. Thank you!

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Tasty good food but pricey. I’d want to be amazed and craving a return visit here, for the $10-$12 tacos, small $21 bowl of basic guac, and $18 drinks, but I’m not. Hostess and servers were extremely attentive. Not overly loud. If I wasn’t footing the bill, I’d return.

HW
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food and amazing service from friendly people. We went to experience the Avocado dessert... and the rest of the menu did not disappoint. Loved it!

OT
New York Area
429 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but the menu was somewhat limited. It was also very noisy.

NC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food! The fish tacos were amazing! Be aware it is very loud, so this isn't really a restaurant if you plan on conversing with anyone at your table!

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Locale alla moda e curato nell'ambiente, cucina gradevole di buona qualità con forte impronta messicana

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EP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food but very expensive $18 for a small cocktail is too much

e
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time visiting Empellón Midtown and it was just as amazing as our first two visits! The food here is outstanding and the service was excellent as well! We were treated to several complimentary dishes from the kitchen which was a very nice surprise! The tacos here are delicious and the guacamole is out of this world! One of the true highlights is the smoked cashew salsa. Just, wow!! If you’ve never been to Empellón you are missing out on one of the best dining experiences in NYC. Get there! :)

PC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from the food, decore and service. I would recommend others to go as well.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was delicious. The staff was very attentive and helpful in selecting a delicious entree.
Great atmosphere.

WJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We had a great time during the birthday dinner. The food was awesome. The service was very attentive and caring. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tasty but overpriced

JM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option with the Prix Fixe. Service was fantastic and prompt. Would definitely take clients for lunch again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Very loud. Too loud. Great service. Good food.

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience all around. Service, food, quality, ambience - it was my first time, and I will certainly return!

l
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared the guacamole and the Wagyu beef fajitas, as well as each had one margarita. The Wagyu beef fajitas cost $22/ounce with a four ounce minimum. We shared 8 ounces. Between that and the guacamole, we were full. While very expensive, the Wagyu beef fajitas are well worth their price if you are a beef eater. My suggestion would be to undercook the beef. You can always put it back on the hot skillet to cook more. I highly recommend the beef fajitas. You will not be disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality dinner in a beautiful room

TP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious. 7 sauces to start, delicious tacos...Whatever you eat, don't miss the avocado dessert. it's heaven.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and interesting tacos. My favorite was the pastrami taco with sauerkraut and mustard seed salsa. The sleeper hit was the dessert. We tried both the avocado (lime flavored ice cream in the shape of an avocado) and the pineapple with bee pollen and chamomile ice cream. Great experience and I will definitely be returning!

GM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Desserts were terrible which leaves a bad impression in your mind at the end of the meal. Lunch menu was good but not not great considering the price.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent ! Good place for diner! However hostess make us wait 30 min to be seated with reservation and lot empty tables available on the dining floor She never mark on open table that we were there .

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