Empellon Midtown

4.5
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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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Fri 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 10:00PM

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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
147 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
19 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
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Very over priced with poor ambiance. The siete salsa guacamole was decent but aside from that would pass on the entire experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good as usual. I thought it was a little bait and switch to have ribeye on the menu then when I ordered it I was told it was switched to skirt steak. I was charged the same as the ribeye was on the menu, I think the price should have been adjusted for the lower cut of meat. That being said the dish was still very good. I would also like if I could use the opentable pay function here.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and attentive service.

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just really an overall great experience.
Manhattans were perfect and the tuna tartare was exceptional.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing guacamole with flight of sauces.

NJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

While the environment was nice. Food was good but over priced.

KY
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was amazing and the food delicious! Thank you.

WT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was attentive and energetic, ushering in the New Year at Empellon was a good choice, my family and I had a great time.

KA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and attentive, even though we were a party of 10. And as always the food was delicious and copious. Crab nachos and the guacamole dishes are the must-order appetizers. We ordered the skirt steak, short ribs and fish tacos and were not disappointed. All were cooked and seasoned perfectly. As for sides, the brussel sprouts were a huge hit. Empellon's Saffron margaritas are the bomb!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice!
Thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husbands 60th Birthday! The service and food are impeccable!!!! Highly recommend.

JD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent service and food quality.

T
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting menu. Warm professional service. Impeccably prepared food. Great margarita. Located near Rockefeller Center and radio city music hall. One of our best meals in New York! Highly recommended

SL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love Empellon! We food is always delicious, the seven salsas a tradition that never disappoints. This time service was a bit slow, probably because of a large party. We highly recommend Empellon to our friends and we always get compliments for the tip.

H
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of those rare restaurants where everything comes together. Great food, atmosphere and service. The prices are high but worth the splurge.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, incredible food, and AMAZING and accommodating staff!! I’d go back in a heartbeat.

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was very good however the price point was OUTRAGEOUS. As an example 4 margaritas was $80 and it was house tequila.
Unfortunately this is NYC these days

e
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a regular, I usual order these basics which cannot be beat anywhere: cabbage salad, guacamole and the incredible fish tacos. if you are still hungry any dessert would work. My only wish is that they again offer the falafel and hash brown tacos which have sadly been taken off the menu.

OT
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Empellon midtown
It never disappoints!
Great and innovative food, delicious drinks, and lovely service.
Start with the guacamole and chips: fine selection of salsas from mild to spicy.
The duck tamale has a lovely presentation.
Try the “Avocado” dessert! 🥑 it will surprise you!

o
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. We especially loved the tacos and guacamole. Will definitely return on a future NYC visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Good business lunch

OV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced. Not because it was expensive. The food does not warrant such a price tag.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and server was so friendly and service was amazing!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. I highly recommend!

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

In this cavernous, bustling, noisy space, conversation was impossible. The food was good but not worth the exorbitant price paid. Service was mediocre & inattentive. I’d never recommend this establishment to anyone.

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food but service was very slow during peak lunch time. We waited a good 20 min before apps came out.

SZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was incredibly accommodating and flexible. This continues to be one of by top 10 spots in midtown!

JO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Wonderful drinks.

JG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good service, no disappointments here!

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