Empellon Taqueria

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 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.

p
New York Area
14 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.

n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JP
San Francisco
1 review
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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
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.

R
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, tasty food and well mixed cocktails

T
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

V
Italy
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

LD
New York Area
16 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.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tacos, lovely service.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The menu is surprisingly limited. Not much to select from which was very disappointing. The guacamole was ok but loaded with little green jalapeños as a garnish but didn’t do it for me. It was taking away from the guacamole which was tasty on its on . The chips were a bit dated. The main course (if you want to call it that) was very tasty, but limited. The service was great and the drinks (also limited in variety) were very good. The decor is beautiful. Unfortunately it didn’t make my list of return visits. I’m sure others would find this all acceptable and I hope they do. It’s an expensive experience.

GN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Portions were not worth the price point not to mention the flavors were not astounding... if anything very flat

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good date spot

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour menu is fantastic. Thank you for the attentive service!

OT
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and relaxing vibe!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute, fun place with unreal tacos and interesting twist on Mexican food!

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was delicious. The only issue I had was the service. It took forever for us to get our drink orders. We had to ask our waiter a few times on the status. At one point, my friend’s drink was incorrectly brought to the people sitting next to us. When the waiter realized that was wrong, she passed my friend the drink that was given to the guest next to us. Clearly we would’ve preferred a new drink. In the end we were comped for the drink but it was inappropriate.

BS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great price

ML
Miami
90 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Restaurant was empty. Yet we waited WAY too long to get the entrees. It was ridiculous. When the food arrived it was over salted.

S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prix fixe was amazing and so much food!

MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Empellon are incredibly friendly, accommodating, helpful, and sweet. We celebrated our 2-year dating anniversary and they printed up special menus for us and brought us a dessert. The food of course is excellent. The carnitas are our favorite though we have had and like all the tacos. The drinks are tasty. We'll be back and highly recommend others try it too

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great atmosphere, back room quieter - good for conversation. Excellent food. Waitstaff mean week, but need more training.

NS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located in a lovely street on the West Village. Interesting art, ambiance, unusual Mexican food, generous portions. A winner!

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service - especially the host .

d
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent but it’s disappointing to have a bill presented to you without asking for one. It just screams ‘get out’ at the end of a meal. Would have stayed for more drinks otherwise.

BR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. Fun vibes

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Thank u, dinner was nice

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Mexican/taco spots in nyc.

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Close to Stonewall, this place has an artistic Dali vibe with the beautiful artwork. The cocktails are fantastic and worth it just for that. Tacos a little on the pricey side but so delicious that it makes this a good place to eat or drink or both.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is exceptional ... if you are "noise-challenged", request a table in the back when you book your reservation; the front / bar side is VERY loud!!!

RW
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and cocktails. Some innovative flavors and accents that really make the meal special.

FS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.. except the bartender.. he was SO rude. Manager had to comp out drinks. Loved the Brussels sprout tacos.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Way too loud! You don’t understand a word across the table.

i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Food was not great. I have been in the past numerous times and I remember it being much better. The restaurant also brought every single thing that we ordered at the same time (there wasn’t even enough room on the table - we had to combine dishes) and when we asked if they could take some of it back and space it out more the waitress said that the chef said no.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour tacos start at 10pm. Good to know for late night meals!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

TY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was great, our waitress was so friendly and helpful and we could not hear each other speak. The acoustics of the space are awful. If you want to come just to eat, it would be fine. But if you wish to have conversation along with your meal, this is not the place to come.

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the decor, to the food, to the service - all around amazing experience! Came for restaurant week and cannot wait to return and try the full menu.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I have dined here several times for dinner and once for brunch in the fall. Dont bother coming here in the summertime on a weekend for brunch. They have their “D” team in on the line. I should have known because the menu was limited. The guacamole was just ok. The pastrami taco was tasteless. It was very disappointing! We were supposed to go to the Black Ant that day, which is excellent Mexican but they had an incident in their kitchen. It was disappointing because my friend was in town from Australia.

The cocktails were good and the waitress was great. I didn’t say anything but she volunteered to take the Pastrami tacos off the menu. That was unexpected and appreciated. My friend thought his chicken tacos were pretty good.

Best to go for dinner during the week and brunch apres ete.