Empellon Midtown

4.5
844 reviews
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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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JD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice margarita and mezcal selection. Food was good, not great. Very noisy, not able to hear what the waiter was saying the majority of the time.

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JK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Guac - wayyy too salty, to accompany heavily salted chips.

Flatiron steak tacos - fat and gristle. undercooked soggy soft tortillas.

Very disappointed.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The noise level was terrible. Large party of ten roundly, loud ,drunk men . Appeared to be an office party. Should have separate room for such groups. As it is open space with open mezzanine balcony, everyone was inconvenienced. the location in the west Village was much more enjoyable.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excllent food test & service

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

While the wait staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and the building beautiful, the food overall was attractively presented but mediocre in quality and selection was weak. Most disturbing though was the rock-concert level noise level which prevented anyone not screaming to have a conversation, due to the loft-like nature of this two-story open restaurant. Can’t recommend.

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D
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Guacamole and 7 salsas were awesome! The short ribs melted in your mouth. Very unique.

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EM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great vibe, quieter if upstairs. Enjoy

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R
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A lovely, tasteful large space with an inviting mezzanine. Clean and chic environment.
Nice staff. Not always easy to understand clearly (thick accents) some servers.
Interesting menu..could us a few more selections. The seven sauces were innovative and delicious....servings too small for a party of six.
Food a tad slow in coming. Prawn appetizer very skimpy and not worth the wait of price.
Soft shell tempura crabs were exquisite...a home run!
Music/ambient chatter a bit noisy up in the mezzanine....perhaps kill the recorded music upstairs and keep for the downstairs bar crowd and diners.
All in all a very nice experience. I will keep recommending for out of town guests. Keep the prices as low as possible.
Kudos to the staff and kitchen. The hostess is outstanding, always great to be greeted by her.

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a
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dinner at Emellon, the guacamole and 7 sauce salsa’s are always a must. Enjoyed some new items not he menu which were stupendous and a reason we always return there, i.e. continue creativity with solid mainstays on the menu. And of course the drinks are top notch. If the cherries are on the menu, order them, they were a hit and only available when in season.

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p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Much too noisy. Tho a bit quieter upstairs

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

squash blossoms soup was good if a little bland. the chicken dish in prix fixe was salty and bland . The flan was very good. Service was rushed for no reason the place was not full. One colleague had her plate twice attempted to be removed before she was finished, and they succeeded the second time. Another colleague had his main course brought to table before he was even half way done with his soup, and they just pushed his soup aside to put down the main meal. Untrained staff over hyped bland food.

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VC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous evening. Very personable service and to die for Wagyu fajitas. They were great with our seafood allergy.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was on point. Drinks was carefully prepared and recommendation was given. Loved every second.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Loved the food and the ambiance! Desserts are to die for.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok. Nothing was outstanding. None of the wait staff or hostess ever smiled.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was underwhelming and service was slow. Relatively disappointing experience given the reputation.

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H
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food is decent, but not for the price you are paying - overall value is low. Prefer the West Village location's ambiance to the Midtown location.

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g
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Empellon was excellent. The tacos were superb and creative. The atmosphere at lunch is terrific. A curiosity, however: they have a three-course prix fixe menu at lunch for$36, I believe. But their original menu does not include prices for each of the courses, so it's impossible to determine the value of the prix fixe, and whether it makes sense to order it. Nonetheless, it's a great place.

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

Great high end Mexican. Outstanding food.

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EJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good. The guacamole was excellent! Nice business lunch

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BV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The 7 sauces given at the table are amazing on everything and I would definitely return here just for the sauces and the desserts. Really creative desserts and our waitress gave us one extra so we could try it.

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JP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

High energy at the bar however a table for 6 downstairs at 7:00 it was way too loud to have a conversation!! You couldn’t hear the waiter and we are not old people. We were here a year ago and we sat upstairs. Much better! Food was good.

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and drinks were absolutely delicious. Best Mexican restaurant I’ve been to in NYC. Didn’t enjoy sitting by the kitchen, but the margaritas calmed that concern quickly. Great for any occasion

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just be aware that it is a pricey restaurant for entrees. The guacamole appetizer is $21.00 which I think is a lot! The tacos were very interesting besides being delicious. Wine was very good and our server was outstanding.
Overall it was a very nice experience.

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i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

corporate restaurant - not great for a friends/family type of event. food OK, but not worth the price. was not impressed...

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c
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Decent food, nothing special. The cocktails are great. Desserts are not.

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the presentation, ambiance and tastes. Great creative combinations on the lunch menu

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don’t get the halibut it’s not worth it but definitely try the pastrami tacos and the beef tartare queso

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Empellon for dinner has always put on an exotic performance for out of town guests. But lunch was disappointing. The fish tacos were completely uninspired: in taste and presentation. I was even left hungry afterwards, not a good sign. I've seen more passionate trimmings and condiments from a food truck.

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DQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very good. She helped us navigate the menu so we did not order too much or too little, the food was excellent!

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Great service, but terrible food. We tried 8 dishes and 5 were not worth eating. They are trying too hard to be different and it just doesn't work. The guacamole and desserts were fine.

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OT
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and delicious!
My go to midtown lunch spot!

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and vibe. Loved the pastrami tacos.

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DK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quite loud for a lunch spot. Appetizers and sides were good. Mains were solid, not remarkable in taste/flavor. Cocktails were great.

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F
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect lunch spot with great service and food. Highly recommended

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R
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Top of the line - outstanding food 😉

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T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is a amazing, cocktails delicious and service outstanding.

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxed fine dining experience, with friendly staff and a Smokey flavored menu. Family friendly.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I’ve eaten here half a dozen times and generally really liked it. This particular experience was really bad. The service was terrible - indifferent at best. The new menu is really limited. No chicken, and the one fish entre was mushy and tasteless. The only good things remain the guacamole and the margaritas. If this place doesn’t improve and stick to its roots, I’m going to take it off my list for work and social gatherings.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice ambience, though despite booking well ahead , we had the worst seat and were told thats all they had- not true
Very limited choice for vegetarians. Whatever we had was well above average mexican restaurants. They need to take the Hash brown taco off the menu !!! Awwful hash brown taco , and if one has to eat that we could go to Mac Donalds

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