Empellon Midtown

4.5
803 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 spirits. All of our beverages have been designed to pair with our cuisine.
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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 1:30PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 9:45PM

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was pretty good, but even though we indicated that this was a special occasion, there was no acknowledgement of the occasion. The service was fine although a little spotty between courses.

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious traditional Mexican city fare with delightful twists, we hope to return

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MS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Ridiculously overpriced, poor service, food good but not great if you like bastardized Mexican food

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch spot - prefix menu had a variety of options to choose from. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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SB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Food is delicious and I go here often for business lunches. This was for dinner and it is quite a hopping bar scene also apparently! The hostess was SO rude and snotty that I may not come back again. I have never been treated so rudely in a restaurant in my entire life. She acted like a bratty teenager who wasn’t getting her way. I took a picture and was going to put it on Instagram but did not. But I will say the food and cucumber margarita were fantastic.

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TC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Pretty loud. Good food but expensive. The avocado dessert was so good and is why I went here.

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PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants, hands down! I often host a dinner for my project team and this is definitely one of my preferred go-to spots!

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C
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here after reading it was recommended by the Washington Post restaurant critic, Tom Sietsema. We had reservations at 1145 and it quickly filled up with a lunch crowd. We had the three course Prix Fixe for $38 and it was just enough delicious food. First course was a Duck Tamal and a cup of Tortilla Soup, perfect for a cold rainy day. Next came the Fish Tacos and a Chicken dish you could wrap in butter lettuce leaves. Dessert was an ice cream sandwich and a Citrus Flan, both were creamy and just the right amount of sweet! Highly recommended for the creative cuisine, every bite was just perfect!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks were good all servers were nice

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DA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Server was more interested in pushing menu items/ courses than our dining experience.

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LI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Drinks good. Food was excellent — high quality and fresh. Had a front row seat to the open kitchen. Saw some really nice dishes prepared. They seemed well organized and calm. Will be back to try more!

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Appetizers were good but the rest of the food was average to bad. It is extremely noisy and getting the attention of staff was a challenge. Will not be going back.

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LM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and prompt service. Nice addition to midtown and a change of pace from the usual stuff.

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LM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty, specially priced Cinco di Mayo menu and very accommodating of our party with a stroller and an elderly man. Also fun and friendly great service.

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S
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Found this upscale Mexican restaurant to spend a Cinco de Mayo lunch with friends. Food and food presentation were phenomenal. Would go back tomorrow. Host was a bit rude but our waiter Ivan made up for it! Atmosphere is very contemporary and bar is cool. Not a cozy place if that is what you are looking for, but if want amazing food in a posh place- this is it!

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE - the avocado dessert is a work of art and the staff were beyond friendly! Would definitely go back again and again!

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PP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud. Food quality was good but not great. Was hoping for an excellent experience, but received an average experience.

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food, excellent service. I will definitely come back!

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OT
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great midtown lunch spot for a casual, and delicious business meeting.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having gone here a few times now.......this was a walk by spot daily via my work commute, and I must say walking by in the summer shortly after they opened seemed to be the "it" spot (after a proper mental note to check them out..... I just never got around to it).

Well fast forward to brief convo with a fellow foodie and professional (ie cocktail connoisseur), this was adjusted on the list of tries......Stellar decision!!!!! From the walk-in to seating..... I was sold!!! Our server don't recall her name (young black woman) was amazing in all of her suggestions from cocktails to entrees.

This my 3rd or 4th visit..... But only my 2nd for full dinner participation.
Consistent yummy eats and continued stellar service as well.

Some eats I didn't get pics for since I have posted them before (not here though). Continued fan and will always visit.

Starters

CLEMENTINE SALAD with Queso Fresco

OCTOPUS with Celery and Salsa Verde

Mocktail

GUAVA GREEN TEA Green Tea, Guava, Honey, Lime

Cocktails

LIVING STILL LIFE Leopold NY Apple Whiskey, Sherry, Egg White, Lemon, Basque Cider, Walnut

Mains/Sides

SKIRT STEAK with Persian Onion Salad

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS with Avola Almendrado

Desserts

AVOCADO with Lime, Olive Oil, Eucalyptus Yogurt

PINEAPPLE with Piloncillo, Bee Pollen, Chamomile Ice Cream

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AO
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food, lovely space and great service. We particularly enjoyed the skirt steak, sea bream and guacomole appetizer.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Totally overpriced and Worst margarita, terrible guacamole and disastrous menu selection. My guest could not even drink the expresso it was so bitter. Never to return.

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LA
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Empellon in a year but we found ourselves going to a show on that side of Midtown/Theater district so I knew I wanted to go back. The food and drinks were outstanding and the service and care were beyond top notch. Abby, Rosa and the rest of the team that waited on us are a shining example of what high quality dining should be when you go out. The mezcal cocktails are some of the best I've ever had and I literally could eat their smoked black cod every night. I don't usually like going back to restaurants in NYC that I've visited previously (just because there are so many to experience) but Empellon is my true exception to that rule.

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D
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Our waitress helped us not over order- black cod app is spectacular- smoky and wonderful- tempura taco perfectly cooked; and flank was seasoned really well. Save room for corn tacos for dessert.

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T
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely divine! I only gave a 4 star for food as there was some aspect that were not to my liking, but the taste and flavours in the dishes were exceptional. The staff were welcoming and attentive yet not intrusive and there was a buzz around the whole restaurant!! If I was to go again (only in NYC for a few more days) I would order something different to the pork belly. Highly recommend!!!

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OT
Munich
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Etwas laute und hektische Atmosphäre, gilt auch für Bedienung, Essen hervorragend, stolze Preise

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, somewhat slow service but was busy.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Second time dining there and while it was much better than the first time, our food came out cold. Not luke warm, cold. Unfortunately sent it back and the pork belly appeared to have been re-made but my pastrami tacos were not. They came back barely warm and still cold in the middle. They didn’t offer to keep the third entree hot while waiting for ours to be dealt with so he ended up watching his get cold while waiting for ours to come back. All salsas are amazing and the sea urchin nachos were fantastic. Unfortunately we waited a long time to order a second round of drinks and there wasn’t anyone around to flag down to ask. They sent desserts as an apology. “Avocado” dessert was innovative and delicious, corn ice cream tacos fine, pineapple dessert fine. Surprisingly enough, it was a lot better than the first time I went but doubt I will return.

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DS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice. Excellent soft shell crab taco.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TERRIFIC ALL AROUND!!! I really enjoy the service and great care... xoxo

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MC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting food in a happening spot. The bar can get pretty crowded and noisy.

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r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect business lunch. Fast and delicious with exceptional service and gorgeous food. Very rare to get such a great meal for business meetings!

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KG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch recently. Food was great: inventive, healthful, fresh, great flavors. Service was just right: attentive but not intrusive. We were a two-top and were seated upstairs overlooking the floor below. The sound level was a bit less so easy for conversation. Overall a good experience, a very upbeat, hip and modern restaurant location for lunch for the well-heeled.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is decent, desserts are outstanding and service is great.

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EH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience at Empellon was on of the better ones I've had in recent memory. The food is fantastic and service was great. I can't wait to go back!

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RJ
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Had fish and octopus tacos. Good guacamole and salsas. Drinks well made. Attentive service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hit the mark o every level. Food was tasty service was great and ambiance was perfect.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting food. Recommend the crab nachos and octopus taco. Friendly knowledgeable service.

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was a bit salty. Also, drinks are interesting but ultimately not that tasty

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was a little sterile..the room was pretty but did not feel warm. Wait staff almost too attentive,quick...felt rushed. I thinkit is a good pace for groups as oppossed to quieter get together.
Would recommend nonetheless

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