Empellon Midtown

4.5
494 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
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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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Entertainment
A/V functionality
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Additional
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

Reviews from verified diners
494 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
68%
Very Good
21%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PI
New York Area
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a bit overpriced but the food really was very good, inventive and nicely presented. Service was stylish but not snotty.

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PL
New York Area
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting menu. Waiter was helpful explaining the items. Delicious variety of tastes and textures. Good quality wine by the glass. Atmosphere pleasant, not too loud. Music could be improved but OK because not too loud. We will go back again.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at Empellon. Every dish we had was creative and delicious. The service was welcoming and friendly, but unobtrusive. We would definitely go here again. It sets the bar for high quality Mexican cuisine.

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AN
New York Area
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely an amazing experience; top shelf all the way - fantastic food and service

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5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The price is definitely higher than my everyday dinning expense, but the food is excellent! Very tasty and innovative! Will come back for sure!

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New England
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first trip to this restaurant and we loved it. The cabbage salad was one of the best salads I have had in a long time. We shared three tacos, the fish, the potato and the falafel. The fish was the best of the three. We also shared the chocolate mousse dessert, the best!

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New York Area
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around amazing food and drinks

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AP
Washington DC
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the restaurant for pre-theater dining on the recommendation of a local food critic. It met our exceedingly high expectations. Everything was wonderful.

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JM
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Have been here multiple times with colleagues and clients. Highly recommend their octopus dishes. Their spicy cucumber margarita is so delicious- I find myself craving it! Their desserts are also super creative as they change their menu seasonally. We had the watermelon sorbet which was truly unique with various textures - crunchy topping, creamy outer layer and sweet tangy middle layer.

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PD
New York Area
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a Great innovative meal in contemporary Mexican gastonomy.
I look forward to returning!

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OT
2.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was fine but very, very slow. The food was OK and very expensive. The deserts were very good. It was just way too PRICEY

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Miami
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was very unique. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a meal that I would like. However, the service was good.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

The gnocchi (supposedly a main course) was so small my son had to order something in addition. ... my husband had pork belly and was sick the next day..I had short ribs and the meat was nice but the mix of grapes and things with it was too sweet...

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Tampa
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very enjoyable evening, our waiter was very good.

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Naples
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off-the-chart creativity! Lovely space, uncrowded and bright. Our service was spot on, attentive without being overbearing and anxious to please. Then the food! This is the highest form of creativity, with finest, freshest ingredients assembled in extremely flavorful ways. The quinoa salad was simple perfection, the pastrami taco pure genius. The desserts are their own realm; there should be a restaurant where you can go just for these. Will go back on next visit to the city.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy delicious

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New York Area
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Craft cocktails and tacos are the way to gi here

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OT
New York Area
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was amazing and definitely makes you want to try everything on the menu. Hostess could have been a bit more hospitable. Booked a table for 2 and they wouldn't seat me without my friend. Told me that all parties must arrive before they could seat me. I went to the bar to see if I could order some drinks while I wait but all seats and standing tables were taken by the happy-hour goers. I asked if I could be seated at the sitting tables near the bar -they said I can't sit there as the tables are for walk ins only. I asked again why I simply couldn't be seated at the table assigned to me via the booking since the "reservations" side of the restaurant was near empty. They asked some more questions but finally seated me after a bit of debate. Not very hospitable or accommodating and could have easily been avoided since the restaurant wasn't even busy at all sans the happy hour crowd.

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WA
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Chefs Stupak and Olvera have truly elevated Mexican fare. Black quinoa and pea salad may sound boring, but not with that just spicy enough vinaigrette. Same goes with the king salmon/gooseberries. The octopus(tacos) was perfectly cooked, however, not seasoned well. I was dying for salt - a surprise faux pas. It's worth going to Empellon just for the avocado dessert - incredibly flavorful and artistic as well(looks EXACTLY like a real 1/2 avocado). I love Empellon(esp West Village) - My only complaint is the Madison Ave/53rd location. Even while seated upstairs, one cannot escape the Mid Town sterility. The food is too creative, earthy and organic for this neighborhood.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place - Mexican food with a modern gourmet touch. Great servicd

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely fun experience. A food and drink tasting unlike all the Steakhouse and Italian in NYC. Total fun!

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New York Area
1.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Out of the five dishes ordered, we didn’t finish a single one. While the food was beautiful to look at, it was a different story to eat.

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YP
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a wonderful meal the octopus tacos are delicious, the guacamole was the best I have ever had and The Mother of Dragon and Apricot margarita were fantastic. I was with a group of 8 and everyone just had wonderful words about the food, drinks and restaurant we will definitely be back.

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LB
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A member of our party had a dairy allergy. The restaurant was wonderful and so helpful

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K
Philadelphia
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Guacamole was delicious and tacos good Fruit dessert was a waste of money and very disappointing.

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Miami
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cucumber margarita was refreshing and a nice twist on an old standard. Guacamole with several sauces was outstanding, as were the short ribs! Tequila ice cream in meringue log is not to be missed. Decor and service excellent too. Will return when in town again.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner before Springsteen on Broadway. Great cocktail menu and service. Tortillas as good as I've had anywhere. Salsas were very tasty. The avocado dessert was mindbending! I'd go again for sure.

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CH
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service, excellent experience!

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OT
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, drink, and service!
Love the chips and salsas, the fish tacos, well, pretty much everything!

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Miami
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The starters and desserts are really good!

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EK
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, elevated Mexican cuisine, in a stylish room, with "on point" service.

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Denver
2.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nothing to be repeated! Food regular and very pricy.

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MF
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband here for his Father’s Day dinner and he loved it! We both loved it! The fish tacos and guacamole with seven salsas is a must have. Great over all experience!

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SM
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a wonderful broadway show, this was the perfect ending. Steve and Jay from Philadelphia.

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Miami
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Our reservation was on a Saturday night and the restaurant could not sit our large party together, even though the restaurant was not full at all. There was not much ambiance and no bar scene. The drinks and food were mediocre; the guacamole is the only thing I would recommend. The interpretation of gnocchi was not good nor was the tamale. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with excellent. service.

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New York Area
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious!

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Atlantic City
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything except noise level could not hear each other talk at table

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Team! Really incredible experience.

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GD
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner at Empellon. We had a really nice table upstairs which was pretty quiet so it was easy to have a conversation.

Service: The service was great - the staff was very friendly and attentive and offered up great food suggestions. I had questions on how a few of the food items were prepared and our server was very knowledgeable.

Food: I would definitely recommend the guacamole/salsa appetizer - perfect to share and start the meal. The bacon taco and cabbage salad were also great. Definitely save room for dessert - they are all so creative and unique (and gorgeous to look at!). We had the ice cream taco and 'avocado' and were very happy with both!

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