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About Empellon Midtown

empellón (EM-PAY-ON) | verb | 1.To push or jostle. | 2.To break through.

Established by chef and founder Alex Stupak, Empellón includes restaurants in NYC's East Village, West Village and Midtown neighborhoods.

Empellon 510 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
HOURS OF OPERATION

Lunch:
Mon-Sun 11:45 AM-3 PM

Dinner:
Sun-Mon: 5 PM-10 PM
Tues-Sat: 5 PM-10:30 PM

Bar opens at 4 PM daily.

Cross Street:
at 53rd Street between Madison and 5th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 858-9365

Website:
http://www.empellon.com/

Entertainment:
A/V functionality

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.

Executive Chef:
Colin King

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 1:30PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Mon 2:00PM - 2:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Tue - Thu 2:00PM - 2:30PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

Fri 2:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

Sat 1:30PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:45PM - 10:30PM

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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.

Empellon Midtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (55)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Good for a Date (35)
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Fun (32)
Great for Lunch (30)
Special Occasion (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Business Meals (26)
Casual (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Spicy (21)
Tapas (19)
Authentic (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Romantic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Food ad drinks so so

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Have been to the downtown location and it’s great. This menu was a little different. Guacamole and tacos were amazing. Drinks and mains were pretty underwhelming for the price. Not really worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

2nd Visit food still outstanding . Jose delivered great service even though I am not sure he was our server!
Great bartenders, great for foodies

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent Manhattan dining experience. Upscale and creative Mexican fare. Do not pass up the guacamole with 7 salsas.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful... top of the line Mexican cuisine. Don’t hesitate to go!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was very good. On the expensive side, but the portions are large and you don't need to over-order. For two people we ordered one starter, one taco (actually two tacos per order), one main course and one large and one small dessert. The duck tamal and pork belly entree were especially good, though there was a strong undercurrent of salt. If you are salt-sensitive, let them know and I'm sure they can tone it down. For dessert we had an excellent corn ice cream taco and the faux avacado (which really tastes like key lime). The service was excellent -- the waitress was helpful and attentive, and I'm not sure if it was the manager or the maitre d', but a second person came over several times to make sure we were enjoying everything.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Food is out of this world with unique flavors !

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·Dined 6 days ago

Good location, Good food, Good service!
Not as pricy as the location would dictate.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We always ask waiters for their recommendations- you usually cannot go wrong. We opted to start with an appetizer, 2 tacos, and shared a main course and the food was more than enough for us and satisfied our palettes for the evening. Unfortunately we didn’t save room for dessert but from what we saw we might come back sooner than later to try them out as well. Highly recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was delicious and fun to share. Our server was really knowledgeable about the menu and guided us to good portions. The avocado dessert should not be missed. Really good place... and casual, which was nice.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is excellent. The guacamole espectacular and the beef and octopus tacos delicious. Service was excellent too. It is on the expensive side of the spectrum but, hey you are in New York City.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I made a reservation a week in advance and they stuck us at a “random table” per the hostesses words, where we couldn’t enjoy anything, including the atmosphere. We were just staring at a blank wall. Once we asked to move, the night was more enjoyable. Food was incredible, definitely a little pricey, but for the midtown area, that is what you’re going to get. I would go back and sit at the bar. Margs were phenomenal. Overall 4!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Located in walking distance from our Time Square hotel
We enjoyed the prompt service the waitress was helpful and explained the menu and dishes to us We had 4 shared dishes Sticky rice with duck tempura fish taco which was amazing then crispy pork belly for dessert we had this avocado yoghurt dish that has to be seen to be believed We did not find it pricey for Midtown I read a review in the TORONTO Star and we really enjoyed it

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Extra fine, audacious, and delicious menu that tastes as good as it looks. Service is impeccable! Great spot

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The service was exceptional, We needed to finish in one hour to make an appointment and we had a complete meal in that amount of time. Our waiter, Michael, was very helpful. The hostess as we walked in advised us not to leave without tasting the avocado dessert. We are so glad we took her advice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

excellent creative cuisine using fresh ingredients, spices and layers of flavor. great service. awesome tequilas and exotic drinks

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was very disappointed this time, as this is one of my favorite NYC chefs and I ADORE his other restaurants. Cocktails were delicious especially the cucumber spicy margarita. We ordered four courses and only the guacamole and the hash brown taco were noteworthy, both of those were very good. The sea bream with (basically) nachos on top the fish didn't work in any way. The popular duck tamale was bland and neither my dining companion nor I could figure out why it would be all that popular. I've been to this location before and had a similar experience, so this review may be harsh, but I KNOW that the kitchen can make outstanding food and I hope it will be more hits than misses. The service was OUTSTANDING.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food. Great atmosphere. Steak tacos and guacamole were outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was delicious, as expert reviews suggest. Indeed, starters and mains were particularly good, although desserts had been the subject of raves. The spicy corn starter was a particularly tasty standout, and the playful dessert with 8 mini-bite variations of apples was both reasonably-priced and inventively delicious. The only downsides were the somewhat chaotic seating timing (we had to wait, as did many others, despite having a reservation), and the watered-down cocktails, which were inventive but much more ice than they should have been for their hefty price. All in all, a very interesting and memorable meal food-wise in a space that allowed good conversation despite a huge crowd.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious with great service. I wish it were not as loud........

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Casual, Tapas, Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Empellon Midtown serves creative and delicious contemporary Mexican food. The bar area is very noisy, and the lower level restaurant is cramped. Good service, friendly staff and excellent food more than make up for that. We were there for a pre-show dinner, and everything moved along nicely, so no stress making the show. The minor issue of them not really recognizing our reservation was pretty much covered by offering a table anyways. I'd go back.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Loved this restaurant. Food was special and memorable. Service was attentive but not disruptive. Ambiance was terrific.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food is great, service was the best, a great experience

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The bartender was great and very knowledgeable, the waitress not so much.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our family of 3 generations loves this place.Interesting food and always good service

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Everything was good I will go back, but patrons shou,d realize that it is relatively expensive for what it is.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My fiancé and I eat out almost every day and I don’t think I’ve ever had service like this. The waiters hardly spoke to us. They tended to the tables around us and hardly stopped by ours. Maybe it was the way we were dressed but I’m sure they enjoyed their tip of $35 on a $170 bill in under 2 hours.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We told hostess at beginning that we had to leave at certain time. Too much time lapses between courses so only had 10 min for dessert. They were so apologetic and compted all the desserts. Mark of a good restaurant. Delicious food. Don’t miss the guac with salsas and desserts were out of this world

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Empellon had a very creative menu that you don't see many places. Every combination of food flavors was unexpected and an absolute delight. I will be making time to attend again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Beautiful new location, enjoyed the view of the open kitchen. Service was impeccable and our food was delicious. But the bill was really over-the-top – a couple of tacos and a couple of beers for well over $100

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

What a great restaurant experience. From the great cocktails to the wonderful desserts, this was memorable dining. The food was great although I doubt that calling this cuisine Mexican is accurate. Possibly, Chef has visited Mexico but this food was beyond geographic boundaries. A true experience. "Save room for the desserts" is also a must! Of note, the service was impeccable, responsive and personalized. Only complaint was the cost of the meal but what can one expect in Manhattan? I will say this, that I did not regret the money spent as I have had in other "high end" restaurants.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The overall experience was mixed. While our waitress was very nice and as helpful as she could be it was quite surprising that she was not knowledgeable about very basic Whiskey. We had to point out the brand on the menu for her. The Guacomole was good and we particularly enjoyed the seven hot sauces. The Queso Fundido was excellent as well! The pork bellies were way to fatty mixed along with the crispy pork skins. Combined with the Wagyu which is also fatty by nature it was just too much fat. If I was to do it over I should have ordered a fish along with some other entree. Of course, the Wagyu is extremely expensive but I knew that already. The highly anticipated Avocado dessert did not disappoint. I am not sure if the experience is worthy of the high cost!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

absolutely a fantastic meal from the moment we walked in, to the second we stepped out of the door. staff was extremely professional with a casual demeanor which made us feel very welcome and comfortable enough to ask questions and laugh a lot. food was flawless. absolutely flawless. we ordered the guacamole and 7 salsas, the nachos, cabbage salad, octopus taco & blt taco, and the corn entree. so good i think i cried. thank you for existing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I would go back in a heartbeat! Great drinks, awesome food, wonderful service. A perfect lunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had to wait for 30 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. This was a business lunch and the wait was completely unacceptable and frustrating to my potential client.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Empellon is a wonderful addition to the New York restaurant scene. It is THE place for creative Mexican cuisine in the city (in other words, pick it over Cosme). Alex Stupak has pulled off the very difficult feat of making something as basic as tacos seem both traditional and new at the same time. Who knew pastrami belonged in a taco? Or that fish tacos can seem to capture three cultures - Mexican, Japanese (tempura) and English - and come off as both a tribute to tradition and refreshingly new? The food is meant to be shared. Be warned: this is not airy inconsequential food. It cleaves to your ribs, and correctly estimating your appetite is critical.

Because, good though the food is, the reason you should go to Empellon is the desserts. Stupak is - I can’t help the bad semi pun - stupendous when it comes to dessert. Until you taste Empellon’s chocolate mousse, you don’t realize just how good it can be. The wonderful sense of dislocation when you take a bite of what looks like a halved avocado and instead get a rush of citrusy goodness that seems like concentrated key lime pie is confusing in the best way. The banana ice cream is possibly the best dessert in New York right now. Get at least one dessert for each member of your party and an extra or two to share.

The service is professional, welcoming and friendly. The staff are proud of their work and appreciative of your recognizing their ability. The wine list is small but focused. But the food in my opinion pairs best with the extensive cocktail list or beer. The room is trendy and the tables are sufficiently far apart for privacy. Empellon is on my list of best restaurants in NYC now.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

College friends

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Horribly overpriced. Was not the price level as displayed on opentable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

loved it! many of the menu items are illogical combinations but they really work. go with whatever your waitperson enthuses over.

it was VERY noisy so be advised -

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very professional service - our waiter knew how to serve! Fun spot with great food! A neat twist on Mexican!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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