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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.
New York, NY 10022
Hours of Operation:
HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon-Sun 11:45 AM-3 PM
Sun-Mon: 5 PM-10 PM
Tues-Sat: 5 PM-10:30 PM
Bar opens at 4 PM daily.
at 53rd Street between Madison and 5th
$30 and under
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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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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