Empellon Midtown

4.6
551 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
Empellón (EM-PAY-ON) | verb | 1. To push or jostle. | 2. To break through.

Upscale, contemporary dishes serving an innovative take on Mexican inspired cuisine.

Established by chef & founder Alex Stupak, Empellón includes restaurants in NYC's East Village, West Village & Midtown neighborhoods.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
HOURS OF OPERATION

Lunch:
Mon - Fri | 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Mon - Sun | 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Bar:
Mon - Fri | 11:30am - 12:00am
Sat - Sun | 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 858-9365
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Duncan Grant
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Catering
Catering is available for delivery in Manhattan or for pick-up from Midtown. Empellón catering brings a range of tacos and sides to your home or office. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are available. See our website for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
at 53rd Street between Madison and 5th
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Public transit
Steps away from the E and M train at 53rd Street/5th Ave, and two avenues away from the 6 train at 51st and Lexington.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Empellón is a two-floor, 160-seat restaurant at 510 Madison Avenue. Built as the retroactive mothership of the Empellón Group, this location is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers an extensive agave program, along with semi-private and private dining rooms for cocktail parties and events.

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:15PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Tue 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Wed 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Thu 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

What 551 People Are Saying
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W
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very very good crab nacho and duck tamal. Service on the spot. Adriano my server is the best.

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BM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really delicious creative food. Too bad they took the Lobster appetizer off the menu. There are still a lot of great choices.

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a
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Friendly and accomodating staff.
Knowledgeable sommelier... had 2015 Mexican wine which i would have never ordered unless i trusted the sommelier ; it was exactly as described and enjoyed it very much.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality, ambiance is very nice, service is excellent, various options for cuisine, innovative cocktails.

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It’s too expensive for what they are really offering

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

only the guacamole and the crab nachos were good, the rest was below average

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JB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top quality experience, as always. Hostess at door helped us get seated quickly even though we arrived more than 30 minutes early. Our server was well dressed, courteous and knowledgeable about the dishes. But, ultimately, one goes to eat, no? The food was superb: seafood nachos (with sea urchin!), king salmon, pastrami tacos (to die for!!!), fish tempura tacos (light & great lime salsa), squash blossom capellini (seasonal), and the AMAZING (as always) “avocado”, and corn ice cream taco, for dessert. Drinks are a well curated selection of tequilas and mezcals, although beer and wine are certainly available and good value. Try the mezcal margarita.

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j
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely a gathering spot for the after work Millennial crowd, who filled the restaurant and bar area when we entered for our 7 pm reservation. Very loud and had to speak in raised voice. Thankfully we were seated upstairs, where the noise level was manageable. Receptionist and wait staff were all very friendly, respectful and knowledgeable about the menu, even going into more detail to answer our questions about ingredients, etc. Service was easy and not rushed. The guacamole with the seven sauces was outstanding, as were the tacos (pastrami with mustard seed salsa, and the fish tempura). Only comment is that the tacos came out too soon because we wanted more time to enjoy our appetizer, and our drinks arrived after our appetizer and entres were served. All in all, a pleasant, lively evening, with delicious food.

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j
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Expectations were high. Food was underwhelming. Salt used to compensate for a lack of flavor. It wasn’t awful, but it didn’t live up to the hype or the cost. A very creative menu with unusual options. It’s worth a night out if you’re curious about the pastrami tacos, but the tortillas are not of particular quality.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was rushed and we were seated in a remote upstairs section away from the lively Friday night crowd ...it seems like we were profiled and didn’t make the cut for the pretty people section. Not a great experience, but have loved other empellón locations in years past.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very different for a Mexican restaurant.
Great choices on the menu.
Knowledgeable wait staff.
Will definitely go back for the guacamole dish.
JM

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Best pork ever

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ME
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third visit to Empellon and won't be our last. The bar scene downstairs makes it rather noisy for our taste but the food is superb and the service is attentive while not intrusive. I shared the "pork chop" with my friend. It was two pork chops, not one, and it reminded me of what pork chops used to taste like before pork become "the other white meat." It was moist, flavorful and perfectly cooked.
Those were the days.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our server!

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PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a high quality contemporary restaurant with an unbeatable cabbage salad with Fava beans that is healthy and delicious.
It’s all around a lovely spot for lunch in midtown east!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I can't believe I dropped $30 for a plate of nachos, but the dish was delectable and memorable, so there are no regrets. Our server was also great, patiently and enthusiastically explaining the cocktail and food menu.

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and service impeccable! The ambiance was lovely and not too loud. I can't wait to go there again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was very disappointing. The service was fantastic, but sadly the food did not match. It was presented in very interesting ways but lacked in taste.

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AC
Caribbean
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and exquisite food!!!😍😍😍

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place cares about flavor. From the arbol chile salsa to the thick cut bacon tacos to the tequila barrel ice cream, everything was complex and delicious!

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W
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting and fun take on Mexican! The Mother of Dragons margarita was amazing! Loved the choices of salsas and the tacos were unlike any o had tasted before!

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good but our waiter sort of forgot about us after we ordered drinks! I also prefer the menu at the West Village location.

Guac and salsas were delicious.

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FQ
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waitress, Natalie. We had a person with a soy allergy. It’s very difficult to eat out at many restaurants. Natalie made certain every item was soy free, and even went downstairs to read labels. The food was excellent, some unusual items, like lettuce with verde mouseline, and steak tartare fundido . Great experience!

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! We got the corn salad, guacamole, and brusslesprouts and they were to die for.

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RA
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, truly inventive Mexican food; service is excellent but grab a table because bar scene is very thick and loud

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C
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Appetizers are very good. The service is very friendly.

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BL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The server went above a beyond to run around the corner to return our credit card that we forgot

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CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers do a little more than just bring the food. The staff was polite and knowledgeable about the menu.

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B
London
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a superb lunch here last week....marred only by a very loud young woman at a nearby table, working in finance, whose conversation we heard every word of. Not the fault of the restaurant, but nearly ruined our lunch. The food and service excellent...we loved every bite....but the surfaces in the restaurant are hard edge....which made the grating voice of our 'table neighbour' even worse.

We came for a late lunch...around 2.15 pm....and most of the restaurant had emptied out after lunch service....so perhaps that was why this particular woman sounded even louder....I don't know what the restaurant can do about this, as probably it is the 'new normal'....but thought I should mention it.

We shall return however....the food was out of this world.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second time at Empellon. The first time was great and this time didn't disappoint either. Great food and cocktails.

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C
New York Area
181 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Empellon Midtown is still killing it, going strong with accessible yet adventurous food and thoughtful service and warm vibes. One of the best new restaurants in NYC the last 5 years.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Spicy level is just perfect but a little bit salty. Desert is really good, the watermelon sorbet with lemon out layer is really delicious.

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RO
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waitress was nice but rarely came around. The wait time for the food was ridiculously long considering what we ordered. Overall I felt the meal was nothing special.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

girlfriend and i had a very nice date here during restaurant week. octopus tacos were amazing

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, awesome food!

Even brought us champagne for our anniversary.

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit too loud-but sit upstairs and then you can have a half way decent conversation. Food was good- would recommend.

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GS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service - excellent choice for a quick business lunch.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service very good. Tacos were good, had pastrami and skirt steak, both of which were very good. Cocktails, app and dessert was unspectacular.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, exciting, creative food and presentation. Will go again.

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DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband made a reservation at Empellon to go have dinner with his sisters. I had never been to the restaurant and had no expectations
The space is very modern and clean. And the food and cocktails were just delicious. But the highlight of the evening was the service. Everyone, from the busboys to the managers, was amazing. Especially our server Natalie. Five star service all the way. So friendly, happy and always smiling. Her recommendations were spot on and she was a delight. She literally made our night. Empellon is lucky to have such a great employee.
Oh and please try the key lime pie that looks like an avocado. It’ll blow your mind! Thank you guys for a great evening with you! José

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