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Empellon Taqueria

4.6
1406 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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Open Dinner & Brunch. We opened our doors on March 22nd, 2011 with the intention of treating tacos with a high level of respect and serving them in a fun environment.  Which is how I believe tacos should be enjoyed. We designed the menu with the idea that most ingredients worth eating can benefit further by being placed atop a well-made tortilla. We push our kitchen team to explore the ubiquitous flavors that we all love about Mexican cooking in this country as well as the less obvious ones that we all should love. Empellon's approach to cuisine is informed by authenticity but is not limited by it.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:45 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 367-0999
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alex Stupak
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W 10th St
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Public transit
A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.
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Entertainment
An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.
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Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Empellón hosts an array of special events, private parties and dining functions for parties up to 150. We can accommodate corporate events, holiday parties, birthday celebrations, anniversary and engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, conferences, seminars and much more.

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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 1406 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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3.9
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious however our experience was ruined by the way we were treated at the end of our meal: we reserved for 4 people at 9:30pm on a Sunday night, restaurant was quiet and they rushed our service, even started emptying out neighbouring tables and chairs from the restaurant while we were eating, brought us the bill without us asking and without proposing dessert/coffee while our empty main course plates were still on the table... final straw was when they turned up the dimmed lights while we weren’t even done drinking our bottle of wine... reserved at 9:30pm and we were long gone before 11pm with all these “messages” from the staff... too bad because food was actually good

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Hits the spot with great margaritas, guacamole, tacos and tasty desserts !

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We went late, 10 pm, so it was quiet, and the service great. Loved the food and wines by the glass more than satisfactory

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everyone at the restaurant, from Carlos the host to the servers, were wonderfully welcoming, friendly and professional. I love the inventive Mexican food at this terrific restaurant. Always a pleasure and treat to eat there!

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Loud, bad service, don’t even know who our server was, had to ask bidder for refill and check

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We went there for their Cinco de Mayo pre-fix menu. Most times the guac and chips are disappointing, but not here, it was delicious. Everyone loved their meals (I had the fish tacos), and the margaritas were just right! It was loud and hectic, as is expected for Cinco de Mayo, but the staff was super friendly. We had Omar as a server and he was excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 1 hour until we were able to get seated which was a bit frustrating. However, it was a delicious meal and the service was great... worth the wait!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Brunch prix fixe. Food was good but drinks were dissapointing!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great food and margaritas. The brussel sprouts taco was particularly good.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

This is my 4th or 5th time and each time I leave utterly satisfied. The food is delicious, very flavorful, fun, and well presented. I can be with my husband, colleagues and even a client, everyone loves it. The cocktails are very well crafted, creative and delicious as well. Shishito peppers, guacamole and the 7 dips are a great way to start the meal with a Mescal margarita for instance. The tacos are all good, my favorite being the tempura fish, the crispy duck and the lamb. I favor another cocktail over desserts, but there are options for the sweet tooth. The room is lively, the service fast and perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Such a fun and delicious dinner. We had a 7 pm reservation but somehow thought it was 8 pm, so arrived an hour late. And the host was incredibly gracious on a busy Saturday night and found a table for us anyway. And that gesture set the tone for the rest of the night. We were well cared for and had a fantastic meal (still thinking about the duck/hot honey tacos).

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Amazing! Great food and attendance!

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The service and drinks were excellent, however the food was oddly bland and somewhat lacking. My brisket taco was dry as a bone.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food, good service and an incredibly noisy environment. Best for a group, especially if they care about good food.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Restaurant is excellent. The health inspector just happened to pop in that night which caused a slight delay in service, but the waitress kept us updated and offered us the first round of the drinks on the house. The chips are excellent and so are the tacos!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great tacos and guacamole. Good service. Ask to sit in the back, the front is too noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our waiter Naz (?) was amazing and the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Too loud!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our waitress was amazing, very personable and attentive. It’s very close quarters so don’t recommend for a first date if you’re looking to have a good conversation because it gets very loud very fast. But other than that it was great! Food was delicious and so were the margaritas!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Creative and delicious. Pastrami tacos were really good and satisfy that pastrami craving without requiring a giant sandwich. Loved the Brussels sprouts tacos and sopes with smoked plantains. Super loud - luckily we went late so it improved as tables started clearing out.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Absolutely fabulous - we ordered a lot of items, all were very good, mostly great!!! Excellent waiter, the four of us were very happy with our experience - Great job! I'll be back when in the neighborhood.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

the service was terrible. The food was terrible and the drinks were terrible.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Best place in Nyc.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Guacamole was delicious. Was a bit cramped, but the food was really good.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Keep your receipt - I was overcharged by $15 and had to speak with a managed to get a refund. That soured the entire experience for me

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great place to grab a meal. Service was very fast, but not rushed. Food was absolutely amazing and plentiful. Drinks we're incredible. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I would highly recommend. Great staff presence from front to back of the house! Our server was very attentive. Love the simple menu. Food and cocktails were delicious! Ambience is perfect even for kids. The restaurant was busy but we did not feel overwhelmed at all. Place was simply decorated, and clean. Two thumbs up!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food and service was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Guacamole and cashew salsa are to die for. Brussel sprout tacos are delicious !! One of my favorites restaurants. Our server, Luke is great ! He's been my server everytime I dine. Always professional and hospitable !

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Really nice tacos! Large variety of Mexican beers!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Don’t be late, they remove your reservation after 15mins

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great service, and AMAZING food! Duck carnitas tacos are a must, as is the seven salsas starter.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

It was both my friend very first time there, and they absolutely loved everything. The food, the drinks and the service was exceptional. We’ll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was great. Food was amazing and tequila options were outstanding. A little pricey but the quality is there.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Guacamole, tacos and drinks are always consistent and good ! Dessert was small, overpriced and not that great

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We highly recommend Empellon Taqueria and will definitely come back here again. OUr waitress was extremely helpful in suggesting the most popular dishes. It is wonderful place for a group. The chips with the 7 different types of salsa are a must but the tacos are excellent- particularly the lobster and the short ribs! WE also had the sweet potato flautas and they were delicious! Next time we must try the brussel sprout tacos! My son who lives in NYC loved it and we will definitely come back here again-- it was so much fun with delicious food! Great find!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was amazing, but definitely on the pricier side for the (small) portions.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Worse Mexican restaurant ever!! Horrible service, super noisy and is not good at all actually for the price is bad totally overpriced Tacos N 1 is too much better for 1/4 of the price.
Please don’t go to this restaurant, don’t waste your money.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We felt rushed & cramped at our table for 9 as dirty plates not cleared before food arrived all at once which was overwhelming as we had explained we were sharing everything; they also didn't remember it was noted as a birthday, so no candle or anything in my husband's dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our waitress was amazing. She engaged our 4-year-old in multiple conversations and treated him like an adult. Overall, we had perhaps the best service of any restaurant I have ever been to.

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