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Empellon Midtown

4.5
385 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
HOURS OF OPERATION

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

Dinner:
Mon-Sun: 5 PM-10 PM


Bar opens at 4 PM daily.
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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
Colin King
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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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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, 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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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Spend Cinco de Mayo at Empellón, we're hosting a rosé lunch during the day & throwing a party that night!
Lunch: $55 per person includes 1 bottle of rosé between 2.
Party: $95 (non incl of service & tax). 8pm - 12pm. Unlimited cocktails, taco station, photo booth, canapes, DJ, raw bar & more.

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Sun 1:30PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Mon 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM
Tue - Wed 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:15PM
Thu 2:30PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:15PM
Fri 2:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:15PM
Sat 1:30PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:45PM - 10:15PM

What 385 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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3.7
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great meal - would be even better for large groups for sharing.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Way too expensive, please review the prices for lunch menu

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic in every way! Amazing food! Great staff. I love it!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We have been looking forward to trying Empellon's Midtown location (loved Lower East Side)...and were not disappointed! Had some out of town friends with us (no trouble visiting and talking) they could not stop raving! Server was knowledgeable and gave great advice on selections. Definitely recommend the prix fixe menu, great value! Unbelievable flavors ! Guacamole with seven sauces is an incredible presentation as well as taste! Cabbage salad and Tamal were great together. Short Rib and Sea Bream outstanding. Had room for dessert - don't miss the Avocado! We are eager to go back!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Perhaps it was a Sunday; but food did not live up to its reviews or my previous visit Service was very good. Also room became very chilly every time door was opened,

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

First time Empellon . We had high expectations. They were met.
Great service with a great sense of timing.
Food was terrific. It was beautifully presented, reflectant all the good in the diversity and flavour of the Mexican kitchen(s), creative and succesful variations on traditional dishes, without being pretentious.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Like a short visit to the top culinary stratum in Mexico City. Creative and interestingly flavored but very tasty food. Great evening out in NYC.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Very good, interesting Mexcian food. Fish tacos were amazing. Not an inexpensive place. One complaint -- they seated us sort of alone, kind of under the stairs. Two other rooms had better tables.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service!! Loved the decor. Will defiantly come back!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Everything about this place is top notch. Table Guacamole with seven salsas — must order! We had the fish tacos and the octopus tacos, both delicious. Also, the Brussel sprouts in chili oil were heavenly. Be careful ordering as it gets pricey:).

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was great. Inventive and interesting. Ambiance was relaxed and casual. We got the tamale, salsas, shishito peppers, octopus tacos, and tempura tacos. All were fantastic. Service was spotty. Our food arrived before our drinks, and our drinks were often left empty for quite awhile. Our server seemed to be focused on a table with more patrons than ours with just two people.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Last minute find, would recommend the food, Mexican with a twist. The Guacamole with seven different salsa sides was good. We then had three of the tacos, was enough food, can recommend the falafel and thick cut bacon taco. Also had the hash brown taco, it was okay but to be honest not the best of the three. Would recommend this restaurant for a twist on Mexican food, good ambience, modern and stylish setting with friendly staff.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

All was very good. Ambience better than exoected. Good quality and well presented. Disappointed after leaving found out they recharged for refills in our kids ice teas. 24$! 8 $ each.. in a pricy plates place this is not good client service. Everywhere is free or you have to advice clearly. Thanks.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Early dinner on a Friday night. Did not disappoint. We tried many menu items - each better that the one before! Try the avocado dessert!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great dinner and service

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Other than waiting longer than my reservation time, I felt very glad to have this experience

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Loud and flashy, Empellon has unusual Mexican dishes (pastrami tacos?). it's obviously a very popular place -- the noise level is challenging. Service was good, food was good but not memorable. We all enjoyed it.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Attentive bar staff, good dinner options

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Very interesting food. Fun and exciting. And the service was superb.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I made a reservation here based on the location (close to our hotel) and the recent Finalist nomination as a James Beard best new restaurant. I am SO glad I went here! The vibe is elegant casual. The cocktails were amazing, but the food was the real highlight. We had theatre tickets and they have a nice 3 course pre-theatre menu for a reasonable $48 per person, with some options to choose from. The starters were delicious, the main course was amazing, and the desserts knocked my socks off! Service was friendly and attentive, and we had no problems getting to our show on time. Love this place!

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The only really good thing was the fish taco. I prefer my guacamole hotter with more acid and flavor. The salsa tray and chips were good. Octopus taco and short ribs bland to me. Service was pleasant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very good food, great service and pleasant decor. I would revisit the restaurant for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Truly one of the best meals I’ve had anywhere in the world. From cocktails through multiple courses and exquisite deserts, the attention to detail was never missing. Outstanding depth of flavor and the perfect amazing amount of heat to know it was there without overwhelming the flavors. Be sure and order the avocado dessert, it’s not what you think and one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. Outstanding service by Adriano, trust him, he will not lead you wrong. This is my new go to spot in New York and I can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Creative Mexican cuisine... crab nachos with sea urchin is a must and by far my favorite. The “avocado” dessert was excellent - I liked that it was citrusy and not too sweet, perfect for palate cleansing after a heavy meal.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I personally would not go back

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Loved the new take on Mexican food.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Best desserts ever! Eat light and save space. Good for pre theatre

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food and presentation. Highly recommend it!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Prefix lunch menu consisting of quinoa salad, two pork tacos and a chocolate ice cream is $38. Plus drink, plus tax, plus tip your prefix lunch goes up to $60 and you leave the place hungry.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Fantastic! The guacamole, 7 salsas & Chips are a must order, those Salsas are out of this World! Our server was Awesome & when you see Chef Alex Stupak walking in checking on things, that’s a great sight. We drove 9 hours to eat here & it didn’t disappoint.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our server was amazing. Great staff and food

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Service was awesome, food was very good. Ambiance is also very cool.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a fantastic dinner with my family at Empellon during Easter when we where visiting NYC. All 4 of us think this is THE best Mexican food we have ever had it any restaurant in any place in the world. And we have tried quite many places before this. Especially our waiter Adriano took very good care of us and was so good at giving guidance of which courses to choose so everything would be the best experience ever. Also the bartendes were a lot of fun also taking time to create special virgin cocktails for our teenage children.
We will highly recommend this very special place to people who seeks this bit extra and luxurious food at the same time.
Hope we get the chance to come back next year.
Br the family on 4 from Denmark

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Bacon tacos were delicious!
Banana ice cream for dessert

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It was lovely. The service is outstanding and the food is unique

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Had a phenomenal business lunch at Empellón this week. The food and service were superb and the workers were attentive and knowledgeable. I'm gluten free and had already checked that they had options for me, but they really took precautions and knew all ingredients and the cooking process. And the fruit plate dessert was totally unique! Delicious bites of tropical tastes that were prepared in such ways I'd never seen before - from a bite of "papaya salad" with peanuts and lime, to a coconut ice cream bite that looked like a rock, to a lychee on a leaf in poached pear sauce. Yummm!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Very good food and drinks, excellent presentation, but it is expensive and the portions are rather small.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Lunch was great. The service and food were on par with what I paid for. Food was fresh and delicious, and filling. And those DESSERTS!!!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

No doubt here why they were nominated for best new restaurant by James Beard. Incredible food and service.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I had bigguer expectations

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