Empellon Taqueria

4.6
1581 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Empellón Taqueria is located in the heart of the west village on the corner of West 4th Street and 10th Street.

Chef John Cullen creates a menu that focuses on 8 tacos, ceviches and seasonal vegetable dishes all served in a comfy neighborhood setting.

Taqueria’s drink menu focuses on margaritas and other cocktails all crafted from artisanal Mexican spirits.
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Specials

$4 Cheeseburger Tacos!

Join us for our new late night happy hour.
Sun - Thur, 10pm - 11pm
Fri & Sat, 10:30pm - 12am
$9 margaritas
$9 wine
$4 beers

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 27, 2019

Ends: March 28, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 10:00PM-11:00PM

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Spend your Cinco Sunday Funday at Taqueria! We’re serving a $30 brunch prix-fixe that includes guacamole. Make it bottomless for an additional $30 and enjoy all you can drink classic margaritas and tecates for 1.5 hours! *Full table participation required for bottomless imbibing

Sunday, May 5, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

As we’re all well aware, Mexican food in Manhattan generally blows. Empellon hasn’t come to save the day, but it isn’t adding to the problem either. While nothing blew us away, the food was solid with the good outweighing the bad.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 1581 People Are Saying
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SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!!

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Jammed into a loud space. $10 tacos that are good but can get the same or better for way cheaper. $26 guacamole that was so so. So loud and cramped not worth it. Overall there are plenty of better Mexican options

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It was very good though service could have been a tiny bit more attentive
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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The wait staff were super friendly and knowledgeable, the best part of the experience. Sadly the food was wanting. While the menu looked adventurous and seemingly reaching into the current modern leanings of cultural foods such as this, the taste and execution just wasn’t there and underwhelming. And for the quality of the dishes to be the way they were, I didn’t feel the cost was justified, which was I thought on the high end. Great margaritas though, and nice location. Lastly, the noise level was deafening at best, we had to yell to talk amongst ourselves. I won’t be back nor recommend, sorry.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

RE: FOOD :Selection was awful.
Duck Taco's = Bland
Lamb Taco's = Too much heat (perhaps paprika). Good candidate dish for acid-reflux.

No starches offered as sides, like rice or even beans.

RE: Service : Waiter forgot my 2nd wine, although he did make up for it.

RE: Ambiance: Great place to go if you want to shout as a means of communication.

Overall, considering the money I spent there. It was a total disappointment.

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VT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The tacos were quite bad, I'd go to the food truck on 7th ave any day over this. High prices, indifferent service, crowded and noisy. We won't come back.

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food!! Fun and tasty drinks. Our waiter was amazing and very knowledgeable of the menu and offerings. He made great recommendations. Can’t wait to go again!

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RK
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent but please bring the prawns back to your menu.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Guac with 7 salsas were great as was the brussel sprouts taco. Will definitely be back.

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DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

COOL VIBE, GOOD DRINKS AND FOOD - GET THE CHICKEN AND THE GAUC!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Empellón! The food is amazing and they always take great care of us. Omar is amazing!

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OT
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think their menu has been updated and it’s very good, we had a very nice brunch here

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SM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food and drinks were fun and fabulous. Definitely will go back!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were each top notch. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

But it is quite noisy, it is not a place to have a conversation

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

Service was excellent. Noise level of restaurant was way too high (we had to yell to hear each other). Food was good but unremarkable. Trendy scene.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and very accommodating to food allergy!!

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Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every
Time is a special occasion

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TW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great friendly staff. Very accommodating. Food great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Spicy pineapple margarita was great, food was fantastic, and the service was very friendly and prompt.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and very informative staff. The carnitas were scrumptious.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful time at Empellon. Love the ambience, the food and the people. First class.

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EA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food and the margaritas incredible, but the service was amazing too. My water glass slipped out of my hand and shattered all over the table and they had it cleaned up immediately and also made sure I wasn't hurt in any way. Will definitely be back!!

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TA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Awful dining experience. Food was terrible and where our table was was freezing with cold air conditioning blowing at us despite complaining twice it was not switched off. The music is so loud, you have to shout at each other to be heard.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, exquisite dishes, superb staff. I would highly recommend

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Tacos are good, guac is excellent, side vegetable dishes (beets and broccoli) are bland and overpriced. The broccoli are actually just stems, which is deeply confusing and unsatisfying. It would be like giving someone just the stems of roses instead of the actual flowers: not exactly a panty dropper.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The food was mediocre and overpriced. The staff was very nice, but I would not revisit. It’s also quite loud in there.

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sumptuous feast! The selection was wonderful and the mood was just right. Try the drunken beans and the ceviches.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place!

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s
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was lackluster and dry tasting. Felt very rushed

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing experience, cant wait to go back!

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DO
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food we have had in some time...service was off the charts...

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GA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The managers and servers have been very accomodating even when more people come over to joint our already large group. The food is super fresh and good.

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TW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is very good and it is a nice place, though noisy. The host at reception was unfriendly, bordering on rude. Wait staff were friendly.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly service staff, delicious food that came out fast, chic but casual ambiance. I'll definitely be back and I highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a great dining experience in NYC.

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k
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious drinks - good food, limited menu
As for downtown Mexican - much more comfortable to sit in than many others with better service and drinks and not crazy prices - the most disappointing part of the dinner were the chips and salsa!
Fun atmosphere

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

3 of our party of 6 were stuck in traffic and arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation. When the host seated us, he told us (and not in a nice way) that we would have to order quickly. I have worked in restaurants for many years and this set the mood for dinner and totally turned me off. Our server was lovely and food was good, but not good enough to have me recommend this place after our host's greeting.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great, service was iffy, it was packed and there were only two waitresses

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Meh. Not worth the money. Dos Toros’ tacos are as good.

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PM
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot making modern versions of authentic Mexican flavors. Margaritas are the best I’ve had in New York so far (I’m a Texas native, so I have plenty of margarita experience. Ha). Service could not have been better. It’s small and gets packed quickly, so always make a reservation though.

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