Empellon Taqueria

4.6
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1687 Reviews
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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.

Specials

Bottomless Brunch $30

Unlimited Classic Margaritas, Bloody Marys, and Mimosas for 1.5 hours with purchase of a Brunch Dish or Tacos (Full Table Participation Required)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 30, 2019

Ends: October 31, 2118

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-4:00PM
Sat 12:00PM-4:00PM

What 1687 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
9 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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommended this restaurant

F
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

If you are looking for a place to have a conversation 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 attracts people to come in -- if it looks like it's packed.

I am NOT to this location again

DS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Remarkably delicious food. Fine service.

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is pretty good but feels expensive for what you get

SK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

V
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

k
Montreal
41 reviews
Dined on December 24, 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.

OT
New York Area
3 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!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really tast

f
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So damn good!

PC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Empellon Taqueria was amazing! Service was excellent.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
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.

MC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BR
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 30, 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.

I
New York Area
12 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.

SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
44 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.

e
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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
52 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
17 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
12 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
3 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
42 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