Empellon Midtown

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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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n
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service. So aware of our dietary restrictions.

w
London
84 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Location somewhat difficult to find - It is not on Madison but around the corner. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our meal and the service. Strongly suggest that items be shared since flavors are BIG and it might be hard for just one person to make use of the generous (not inexpensive) portions. Will happily return if opportunity presents itself.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic the chef was hitting on all cylinders . I had pastrami tacos they were sick goos

DP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I would like to especially thank the hostess for giving us a table in the back where the noise level was manageable to have a conversation. The food was more like a nouveau riff on Mexican food but every dish was delicious in an individual way.

C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice experience with an interesting menu. I was dining with people that had dietary restrictions, but it was no problem for them to modify the entrees to fit. Friendly staff in an interesting environment.

The cocktails were a bit pricey but again, very interesting.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Small portions, the salsas were good.
Aged prime rib made me sick after. Wayyy too expensive. Wouldn't go back. Not worth it at all

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Super noisy and loud - can they put some noise dampening cloths around??

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Glad to come back after a year! Can’t wait to be back !

ZQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible desserts, creative genius by the chef and generous manager.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Empellon!

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BL
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tortilla chips with 7 salsas delicious!! (All but 2 most spicy which I couldn’t eat...). Brussels sprouts and yams - would order again! Cucumber margaritas were awesome - glass rim coated with spicy salt - really good!! Masa-stuffed clams were quite good - although not a lot of clam flavor. And the halibut was good, although a little over-cooked.

CD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We forgot it was restaurant week, but ordered of the restaurant week menu, and had a great meal. The presentation was excellent. The portions were a little on the small side, but were very tasty.

JA
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, well dressed and professional staff; busy but not uncomfortable (it was a Thursday, so weekends might be more crowded); delicious food and unique cocktails; lighting and music/conversation levels were perfect. Highly recommend.

SV
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was very tasty but too over priced. The service was good. But it was not worth the price.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I arrived here with no real expectations and was so pleasantly surprised. Despite the noisy bar scene ( good bar for single ladies😉) I enjoyed the quieter seating near the kitchen where I got to see the chefs working in harmony. It was my belated birthday celebration and started off with the salty, spicy red salt rimmed cucumber margarita. The presentation alone piqued my curiousity for the meal to come. We had A LOT of food .. cabbage with toasted nuts.. not my favorite as dressing was too thick.. shishito peppers.. perfectly salted and roasted... pastrami taco with mustard... highly recommended extremely tasty... and short rib, just lovely in texture and taste made with jalapeño and raisins. For my birthday, they brought a guava cheese cake with red raspberry flower shaped cookies .. definitely a work of art.. and we had the chocolate mousse with a dollop of ice cream on the side.. my real favorite with tried and true familiar flavors. I would highly recommend empellon and am definitely returning soon. BTW, try it because it’s restaurant week in nyc and they are a participating restaurant!! Enjoy!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Despite having a 1230 pm reservation, we didn’t get a table until 1 pm. Very inconvenient during a working day

CD
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Couple of great dishes for sure, ok service and horrible coffee far away from what expected

F
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Hi he absolutely best tuna tartare (not the usual) and pastrami tacos that challenge Katz’s. Topped only by the avocado dessert.

OT
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!
Such a good value in midtown.
Not your usual business lunch food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Overpriced; service was below average

s
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I was annoyed we were sat 30 minutes late despite having a reservation, but appreciated the complementary drinks provided by management to make up for having to wait so long for a table. Myself and another friend had the restaurant week menu which was great. Our other friend loved her steak. Service was excellent, staff was friendly and attentive. Good drink selection. Would definitely return.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food & service was excellent. We were seated immediately and the waitress made some very good recommendations from the menu.

g
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service are very good. I really enjoyed it, the only issue I have is that it is very expensive. In other words the value per dollar is a bit askew. But if you do not have a care for cost you will certainly enjoy it.

RC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The food is ok but the drinks are wildly overpriced. $19 for a classic margarita that, if I weren’t in midtown, would be $12 anywhere else. We were there for a special occasion, arrived right on time for our reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes for a table.... next to the bar. I guess because we weren’t wearing the finance bro uniform, like everyone else in this place, we were deemed unworthy of a seat in the actual restaurant. This whole place is a great reminder that the best dining experiences really are below 14th street.

b
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week was a great deal, but would go back regardless. Great portions and the guacamole + chips we ordered was refilled three times. Surprised by the generous portions and overall amazing staff. Ambiance was great - felt lux and clean. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend the fish tempura tacos - they were hearty, filling and tangy. The drinks were great too!

JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of four dined during restaurant week. The waiter was really helpful and attentive. THe tortilla soup and clam appetizer were enjoyable and tasty. We tried different tacos the fish tempura being our favorite. The chocolate dessert was excellent. Limited gluten free options.

OT
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great, innovative midtown lunch that’s a refreshing change from the usual expense account fare.
Don’t miss the Chips and guacamole, tacos, and “avocado” dessert! 🥑 😋😋😋

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Food and service was excellent - waitress extremely accommodating. But the bar area was freezing! We were sitting at the innermost banquet of the bar area and there was a draft the whole time!

CC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

However I did have my first food allergic reaction. Hives! Smoked black cod? And I loved the cod sooo much. No regrets

p
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Will surely return. Great place!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great. Dessert was off the charts amazing.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The atmosphere is dated, the space and decor a little middle-America and lacking in sophistication.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good food for its location which is generally a food desert. Nothing outstanding to write home about.

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Great vibe. Loved the margaritas

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Kristin was wonderful and made the evening a fantastic experience. We enjoyed the salsas, the tacos and the dessert was fabulous

OT
San Francisco
1 review