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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Too expensive for the quality and quantity of food. The wagyu beef was not cooked at all.

OT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, the food delicious! Never had Mexican cuisine like this

HF
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere even on a Monday. The guacamole appetizer is awesome. Our 3rd visit there, and I will come back!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Little too upscale fo Mexican food. Definitely out of the norm .... typical NY

ML
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was underwhelming and overpriced--the spices and flavor just were not very good in the entrees we had (tacos and short rib confit). Also felt the time to deliver the main entree to the table was excessive--1 hour+ from the time of order. We ate early also to catch a show--the restaurant wasn't even half full when we were seated so it's not like the kitchen was overloaded. Overall, we were very disappointed. The one bright light was our server--she was friendly, informative, very professional and conscientious.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Nice vibe and decor
Creative mexican

t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The kitchen closed very early and not flexible about a solution. Food is very good but they should be more welcoming to the dinner crowd the staff is a lunch crew that wants to get out of there early and it feels like it.

J
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked at Open Table late in the day for early 6:30 dinner for two. Asked for upstairs. Was brought to crappy table in the back by wait station. Asked for the open table at the railing —was told it was for four. Had a lovely dinner; service was good. As we were leaving, said open table had two white men seated there.
Not going back.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was decent but just way too expensive for the value

PN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ice cream sandwich was highlight of meal. Skip the shishito peppers and the ice cream taco.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food but very pricey for the very small portions served.

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is very adventurous - but it worked! Will go back again.

PS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall : Very good food, good ambiance and reasonable prices considering midtown location. Menu is Mexican based but not typical Mexican. Guacamole with 7 salsas is a great “pre-appetizer” starter that can be continued through the meal. Appetizers in general are good (duck tamale is the standout). Among the Entrees, Short- rib is very good. Entrees mostly seem to be sized for two people - it would be helpful to have them sized for one person ( may be at 60-65% the cost of the standard Entree). Desserts are innovative and excellent in general (Avocado dessert is the standout).

NY
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistently excellent ‘upscale’ Mexican.
Very accommodating to special dietary requests.
Lovely service.
Great ambience-especially for a midtown restaurant.
That’s why we keep going back again and again!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was so lovely. The food was truly delicious, especially the crab nachos! Perfect for date night or just dinner with friends.

L
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a great experience at Empellon Midtown. Service was friendly and prompt with a coordinated team approach. The homemade guacamole was outstanding with 7 different salsas to try. Margaritas were yummy with smoked salt on the glass. We had tacos — chanterelle and fish — and both were very good. It is Midtown, so the menu is pricey, but it was a great dining experience and I would go back!

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all levels .Innovative food,superior service very attentive staff. Open kitchen concept ..cool to watch the chef and his staff prepare and plate food .A must for foodies

F
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular short rib confit
Spectacular crab nachos
So so drinks
Service average
Beautiful open kitchen
Very expensive

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The halibut was not good. Short ribs my partner got were delish, however.

RY
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the Guacamole appetizer and the corned beef taco.

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess-- knew me. I've only been there 3 times. Great service.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent day time hostess; great food and service

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, vibrant atmosphere. Desserts were tremendous. Best meal I’ve had in a while. Many thanks to the team!

k
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I love the food here, though it’s really overpriced. Our waitress was great, informative, and not too fussy.

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary for the second year in a row... They took very good care of us!

TB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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
42 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My go to midtown lunch!
Delicious and great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent . Innovative midtown restaurant. Nice staff

k
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LA
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing.
Too noisy for middle age clients

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food extremely below expectations

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