Empellon Midtown

4.6
577 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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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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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 577 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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FF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With dishes like a delicious fish tempura taco, Empellon Midtown - like Alex Stupak's other two Empellon restaurants in NYC - offers a nouveau take on traditional Mexican cuisine. If you like Mexican, you must give it a try.

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FM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

An interesting menu and worthwhile for a special occasion. Some of the staff very nice but our main waiter was very surely. Very expensive so beware.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've dined here few times and it never disappoints.

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e
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned to Empellón for the second time after going during Restaurant Week in July and loved this visit just as much, if not more! Every dish was outstanding! You can taste the love and care put into every detail of every meal. Our server Ozzy was also top notched and provided an excellent dining experience, along with the entire wait staff. Thank you for another amazing meal! We will definitely be back! Full details on our Instagram: @excessiveeaters

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bustling atmosphere, trendy, great flavors, the local Brooklyn beer was excellent (aromatic fresh and flavorful) and great sculptures. Would definitely reccommend and go back.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was amazing, and José was fabulous. See you soon Empellon!

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PP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

DO NOT SKIP DESSERT. It is well worth saving room for. We loved sharing several tacos and guacamole and the selection of seven salsas. All delicious. But the real star was the avocado dessert. Don’t let the bland description dissuade you. We also enjoyed the corn ice cream taco and the pineapple and ice cream.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great,

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PC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The smoked black cod appetizer is outstanding. The noise level was a bit too loud for us.

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Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who would think Mexi-party food could be elevated to such heights?

Everything coming out if the kitchen sizzled and sang.

Ve agora.

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d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

service was friendly and attentive, food delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service as always!

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service is polite and efficient without being intrusive. The food was at times pedestrian and over salted and other times inedible. On order: crab nachos, brussels, tartare quest, and short rib. Nachos were too lightly dressed with crab to command the $30 price tag and the corn chips themselves were cold. Sprouts were fine, but the balsamic soy (?) glaze was a bit heavy on some of the dish. Queso in theory sounded amazing but was nearly inedible. The crackling topper overwhelmed the dish and the cheese lacked any flavor. The cheese was also congealing by the time it made it to our table so fundido it was not. Short rib presentation was messy and the actual dish was drowning in salt. We’ve gone to Empellon before and loved it. Maybe we ordered the wrong items of arrived to close to closing but things were just off. At ~$35-45 an entree and ~$18 a drink this place can’t afford to be off though.

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IB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time at Empellon. There was a lot of energy and we loved the gaucamole with 7 sauces! The staff was very accommodating and the menu interesting. My husband had pastrami tacos and I had octopus tacos. Both were tasty and unusual. The desserts were a pleasant delicious surprise - something you might not expect from a Mexican restaurant.

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I
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch course is good. Decent food, service and ambiance. Quite expensive tacos though

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ER
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Very Disappointing after excellent meals at the former Empellon location in the East Village and at Empellon Taqueria on West 4th Street. A stunningly beautiful restaurant with well-spaced tables. Excited by the intriguing and different menu but the chefs in the gorgeous open kitchen failed to meet expectations. The guacamole was excellent but I could have done without the gimmicky presentation of 6 accompanying sauces. Tried them all but preferred the guacamole alone. Duck tamale was excessively salty (and I like salty food). Took one bite & pushed it away. Hash brown taco sounded so interesting, but the chunk of hash browns presented on top of the tortilla was dried out, luke warm and not crispy. The sauces on the taco did not seem to go well with the hash browns. Dessert of 8 small bites of different fruits including some excellent creative preparations. Highly recommend that dessert.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food—definitely try the guacamole and salsa ‘for the table.’ It was pretty quiet when we arrived, which pulled from the ambiance, but overall very good.

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p
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good and memorable experience. Thank you Ivan!!

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F
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great spot close to the theater district. Fabulously helpful staff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, and authentic and tasty food while being innovative.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a "trendyish" over priced, loud restaurant with stingy portions.

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AM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal as usual. Do yourself a favor and GO! The food is amazing and each bite full of rich and fresh flavors.

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SD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink and wonderful service! We loved everything we ate, and our server was incredibly helpful in guiding us toward some house specialties and options for what would be good to share. She also let us know what was the right amount of food - and she was spot-on. The margaritas were amazing - particularly the apricot and the saffron - and the guacamole with seven sauces was spectacular. We loved the pastrami tacos and the sea bream. And then we were set to ask for the check and leave, when our server suggested the avocado dessert. She said we had to and she was right. It was amazing!

We had a wonderful dinner. Thanks!

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Not cheap but worth the price. Service is good and place is not overrun so overall a really good option.

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AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. The food was delicious, with creative combinations of flavors and options from mild to spicy. The servers found the perfect balance of casual and professional, with deep knowledge of the offerings, including ingredients and preparation. Not once did they interrupt our conversation, yet they were always there when we needed them. We were traveling in NYC and meeting old friends. I will definitely try to come back!

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W
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
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 on September 16, 2018
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
31 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
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 on September 16, 2018
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 on September 15, 2018
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 on September 14, 2018
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
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
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 on September 12, 2018
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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