Empellon Taqueria

4.6
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1696 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.
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vipWAK2013
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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vipFoodie100
Los Angeles
31 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.

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EaterMama
New York Area
13 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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forever and always my fave place for tacos and margaritas ♥︎

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vipdrovic
London
2 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

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concertcrazii29
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipWAK2013
New York Area
149 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.

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JennaW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks and sat next to a famous person!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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

Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommended this restaurant

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vipFoodeeeee
New York Area
65 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

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vipDavidS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Remarkably delicious food. Fine service.

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vipscknyc11
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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SiriK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CharlotteC
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 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!

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Vincent1965
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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k135
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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

Really tast

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vipfoodie23
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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

So damn good!

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

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

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

Empellon Taqueria was amazing! Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipMarcelaC
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.

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vipBrooklynRebecca
New York Area
26 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.

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vipIzzy
New York Area
20 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.

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

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
45 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.

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

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

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ChristianB
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.

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vippostermom
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.

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

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

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J2PHg
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Richmonders
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TBW19
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, tasty food and well mixed cocktails

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vipTruewords
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Viol
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!

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LisaD
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.

FAQs

Empellon Taqueria does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Empellon Taqueria is rated 4.6 stars by 1696 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.