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Empellon Taqueria, New York, NY

Empellon Taqueria

4.4
4.4
1652 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Empellón Taqueria is local, Mexican inspired restaurant and bar from Chef Alex Stupak, located in the heart of the West Village.

Our menu focusses on tacos, ceviche, queso fundidos and seasonal vegetable dishes.

We use fresh masa to make our corn tortillas daily, (they’re gluten free).

Our drink menu focuses on margaritas and cocktails crafted from artisanal Mexican spirits. Beer and wine is also available, with happy hour specials served at our Sunday – Friday, including late night.

We serve dinner 7 nights a week, brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon, and offer a Sunday evening prix fixe. Takeout and delivery are also available via Seamless, GrubHub or Caviar.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 367-0999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alex Stupak

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Chris Field: (212) 367-0999

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Cross street

    W 10th St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.

  • Entertainment

    An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,652 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. WA

    WAK2013

    New York Area

    156 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    156 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Consistently wonderful and creative Mexican cuisine presented in a lively "scene". Empellon and Buvette are my go to West Village restaurants.
  2. F

    Foodie100

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    I had made reservations for my visiting friend’s birthday a week in advance. I confirmed when I got a confirmation text. We showed up on time and host said it would be a few minutes for our table. 25 minutes later he tried to seat us at the communal high top table. I told him I reserved a table and it was a birthday. He, Aaron, was unapologetic explaining some bigger parties had come in so we would need to be seated at communal table. I was surprised how bossy and unapologetic he was about the situation. He said we could be put on the walk in wait list if we wanted a table! He was extremely rude. We left mad without eating so he cancelled my reservation so I couldn’t leave a review. We went back the next afternoon because I do love the food and I’ve enjoyed this neighborhood restaurant for years. Again, the hostess was not welcoming but the waitress and waitress staff were wonderful as were the food and cocktails. Not a place with a warm welcoming hospitality/host staff.
  3. LE

    Loves2EatandDrink

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Spouse and I had a fun and delicious dinner here, we enjoyed the queso fundido with shishito peppers and mezcal margaritas. The lobster tacos were our clear favorite over the duck tacos. But the revelation of the night was the Kishu mandarins dessert, the ice bar that breaks open and spills out tequila toffee was a delight!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Forever and always my fave place for tacos and margaritas ♥︎
  5. d

    drovic

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    Only one high chair for the whole restaurant, slow service, much narrower menu than it used to. Got an expired beer that took forever. Felt like it expired on the way. To top things off we forgot our baby’s water bottle and they were nice to call back and tell us, only to find out that five days later they ‘had cleared the lost and found’ and thrown it away. Thanks and goodbye empellón
  6. c

    concertcrazii29

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding! The steak & fish tacos were delicious.
  7. WA

    WAK2013

    New York Area

    156 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    156 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The brussel sprout and scallop tacos were excellent and creative - texture, layers of flavor. This is my go to eatery before Jazz in the Village.
  8. JW

    JennaW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks and sat next to a famous person!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious guacamole and tacos! Was easily able to get a Saturday night reservation for 4. Great for a night out with friends.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommended this restaurant
  11. F

    Foodeeeee

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    If you are looking for a place to have a conversation and/or a nice relaxing dinner, this is not the place to go. It was so loud in there that my sister (who I dined with) and I had to yell in order to hear each other. The restaurant had a lot of empty tables as it was early in the evening but they put us all in the front of the restaurant I guess they think that if the restaurant looks packed it will attract people to come in. They should consider the comfort of their existing customers and not cram a bunch of people in one small area I am NOT going to this location again. Their other locations are better
  12. DS

    DavidS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Remarkably delicious food. Fine service.
  13. s

    scknyc11

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food is pretty good but feels expensive for what you get
  14. S

    Silky2

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality food - guacamole, fish tacos, cashew salsa are stand outs. Friendly service.
  15. CC

    CharlotteC

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed a group meal here sharing the delicious food and enjoying the margaritas and beer selection on offer. Service was very good - we were seated in our preferred area, the waitress spoke through the menu clearly and provided her recommendations too (the brussel sprout taco was different and tasty!) and we were looked after well. The atmosphere was busy, with the tall and lower tables providing a bustling feeling in the room. It was expensive for tacos and margaritas - but they were very good!
  16. V

    Vincent1965

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place , great food with very kind service . Nice place we recommend
  17. k

    k135

    Montreal

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Empellon Taqueria was a nice discovery for us. The guacamole is a must have along with the cocktails. Tacos are excellent and at a reasonable price. Thank you for a great evening.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! We were very impressed by Empellón Taqueria. Very warm welcome, pretty ambiance, attentive staff and best of all delicious food and beverages. We shared the guacamole and queso fundito with shishito peppers to start. Served with crisp chips and warm corn tortillas both were delicious. Then we shared the carnitas and fish tacos. Carnitas were nicely caramelized and the fish tacos were crispy and flavorful. Their sauces were also delicious. You get several different types with the carnitas along with a platter of thinly sliced onions and cilantro. We didn’t try desserts but I’d imagine they would have been fantastic. Also the neighborhood where the restaurant is located is a great place to wander around and take in some classic nyc moments. Highly recommend!
  19. AT

    AislingT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really tast
  20. f

    foodie23

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food! A little noisy but a fun place. Terrific guacamole & steak tacos.
  21. SP

    ScottP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So damn good!
  22. PC

    PamC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food and service. Great find and will be back again!
  23. RH

    RossH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Empellon Taqueria was amazing! Service was excellent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Called ahead to ask if a picky eater could be accommodated by making a cheese quesadilla or chesse tacos. Was assured this was possible. When sitting down for dinner, was told it was not possible. Ordered the Sweet potato flautas and asked for no onions due to an allergy, they said that was no problem. Took the first bite and they were filled with onions. Waitress then said she forgot they were filled with onions and was impossible to make it without onions because everything is pre made, ew. Also, the margaritas were very underwhelming for the price.
  25. MC

    MarcelaC

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to Empellón since the beginning, this place continues to deliver excellent service and food.
  26. BR

    BrooklynRebecca

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I used to love Empellon Taqueria's food, but I hadn't been in a couple of years and it has really gone down hill. The service and wine were both very good, but the food was bland and poorly balanced. A small bowl of guacamole was $17 and consisted of mashed avocado with insufficient acid and salt liberally sprinkled with chopped raw jalapeno peppers that were not properly integrated into the dish. The beet tartare dish was overwhelmed by large chunks of undercooked potato. The Lamb Barbocoa and Brussels Sprouts tacos were tasty, but needed salt (and it took me 15 minutes to get salt). The chicken taco with black kale was really awful; the chicken was mushy and tasteless, and the kale was overcooked and tasteless. I won't be going back.
  27. I

    Izzy

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Would never come back. So so over priced. The menu is deceiving because you think food is included but it’s not. You barely get anything for your money. First time and last time I eat here.
  28. SP

    SushiP

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere , great service and delicious food . Great for dinner and brunch
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    These are fantastic tacos. We were aiming at happy hour when the tacos are about $5 each instead of $16 or so for two. We didn't realize we would be sitting at high top, long higher table down the center, in order to have the happy hour tacos. But they were all very good. We all loved the skirt steak, the fish tempura was good, although there is a lot of the fried part, my husband liked the duck. My husband had been there before, loved the tacos and wanted to go back with our kids.
  30. e

    elhaynie

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It’s a very fun place. Best of the Empellón’s.
  31. CB

    ChristianB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    One of the waiters is always trying to push food down your throat and it’s very annoying. It’s my 4th time there and he is always the same.... if I want to eat more I will ask for mote. He is blonde.
  32. p

    postermom

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food came out cold - every taco filling was cold. No one came by immediately after the food was dropped to ask how the food was, so we ate it anyway. Tasted OK, but I imagine it would have been better hot.
  33. n

    nycmark

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The carnitas are spectacular — worth a visit for that alone.
  34. JP

    J2PHg

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful date spot in the West Village, with innovative and subtle flavors in an impressive range of tacos and other options. Dessert is a must.
  35. GM

    GregM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    We were seated at a long communal table with no space or separation in between seats. People were on top of eachother, very tough to hear and not at all an intimate atmosphere.
  36. R

    Richmonders

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an outstanding meal and a perfectly attentive server. Loved my meal.
  37. TB

    TBW19

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere, tasty food and well mixed cocktails
  38. T

    Truewords

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great. Pretty pricey, but flavorful. Service was very good. Have the pastrami taco!
  39. V

    Viol

    Italy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was great, just felt a little pressured by the waiters to rush with our night!
  40. LD

    LisaD

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The atmosphere is very nice here and the service is attentive but the food is good, not great.

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Empellon Taqueria is rated 4.4 stars by 1652 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    W 10th St

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Stupak

  • Entertainment

    An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 367-0999

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Chris Field: (212) 367-0999

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