Empellon Taqueria

4.7
1457 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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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Private dining
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.
Additional
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 1457 People Are Saying
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JB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch also has the full menu available (except daily special taco). Pastrami, fish tempura, skirt steak and Brussels sprouts tacos are amazing. 10am Shadow & Our Bloody Mary are the right way to start a weekend day...

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IB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Way too expensive for what you get.. would’ve expected better tacos based on the price.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was pretty yummy and service was very friendly and accommodating! Would definitely recommend if you like tacos and tapas style food

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and great hospitality team!!!

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CN
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, presented beautifully, and provided both meat and meatless options.
Service was exceptional and very nice:)
Hope to be back soon!

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a 1 year anniversary very special and extremely tasty food to boot especially the carnitas entree which well seasoned with salt and lime

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RD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was Labor Day weekend, so unusually quiet. There were still people there but we finished our dinner within 45 minutes! This is including apps, entrees, dessert and drinks! We weren’t rushed by any means, things just came out quickly and we dove in accordingly. Love this place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was amazing, probably one of the best service experiences I’ve had in a very long time!

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GN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday with a group of 4 and was not disappointed. We had loads of cocktails, all of which were very good, and they brought a free round of tequila for my birthday. We enjoyed their guac and LOVED their cashew salsa. I put it on everything throughout the whole meal! We also tried their chorizo queso fundido. It was very good and we ate every last morsel but I have had better in other restaurants.
For dinner, we ordered a bunch of tacos so we could all try each of them. Surprisingly, my favorite of all of them was the brussel sprouts - so good. Amongst the others, the chicken taco was slightly dry, the fish taco was dry and needed some sort of sauce and the steak taco was good but was seasoned in a way that hardly any steak taste came through - it tasted like sauce and onions but not really like steak. My friend also had the lobster tacos and she enjoyed them. Overall, we really did enjoy our meal and ate everything!
Our waiter was wonderful. He was super attentive, very helpful and really made it a great evening celebrating my birthday. We ordered 2 desserts to share and he brought one out with a candle and sang. It was really, really nice.
I definitely would recommend this restaurant for a fun night (especially for a birthday or special occasion) with a group because it condones sharing, is a fun, lively environment with great service and the drinks are delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Way too loud!!!!!

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h
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

a bit loud for business, but fun and great food, great help. Five stars!

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable service!

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all around! Great food , drinks, service, atmosphere!

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adam and Andrew were amazing! Excellent service and gauc! Thanks for the great dining experience! Will be back again soon!

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience (food and service). Every member of the waitstaff was helpful, friendly and on top of it.

Started with the salsa tasting. Loved the green salsa. The cashew was interesting too.

Then had steak, chicken and fish tacos (two of each, to share). The fish was my favorite. Boyfriend liked the steak. I probably would not get the chicken again. It wasn’t bad, just the least memorable and interesting part of the meal.

Also ordered rice and beans, which we loved. One side comment on that. They tasted more like something we got in New Orleans rather than Mexican rice and beans... but yummy.

Finished off with the ice cream sandwich. He scarfed it down, despite being “full.” So I’m guessing it was good.

We paid $100 for all of this (no alcohol, just two sodas). Not sure it will become my Saturday night taco place. But I highly recommend it.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a great place to get High end Mexican. Def a scene to be dealt with but the service is spot on with original takes on classic recipes

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LN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in a fun and festive environment. Fish and steak tacos were delicious. Chicken taco not so much. Appetizers Shisito peppers, guacamole, and sweet potato flatulas were flavorful and would definitely order again. Really liked my waitress who served us by the window. Tacos are expensive for what you receive. However, I would still go back in a heartbeat.

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c
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The service is awful. We made a reservation for 8 pm, were told to wait, at 8:30 after prompting the hostess she realized she had messed up, and seated us. She did not apologize for the inconvenience, and we spent the remainder of the meal trying to flag down our server.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, going this weds again but to the Madison Ave location.

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CE
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting take on Mexican-based brunch. The food was fresh and tasty, and the menu had good variety. What made the experience stand out was the friendly host, good cold brew, and overall good service. Definitely recommended.

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h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ironically the thing we liked least was the dessert. The drinks and ceviche were awesome as were the interesting salsas.

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican in nyc.

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 3

It’s a trendy nyc restaurant in the village. Loud atmosphere, close tables, pricey menu. I thought the food was strange... Inventive, but some of the flavors were a miss. The atmosphere was positive and fun but we also had very slow service and it seemed like everyone in our seating area did as well. Go for the cocktails!

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PE
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food here. So interesting and unusual and beautifully presented. However it is LOUD. And that takes a sense of humor since you and your meal companion can't talk very much while you are REALLY enjoying the food.

Best to go to the back room on a slow day. If you can find a slow day. Really delicious!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Way too loud.... food not great.... drinks large but weak
Won’t go back anytime soon

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DR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

So loud, conversation impossible. The waiter suggested the duck taco. It had an extremely sweet orange syrup that seemed more like a dessert . The duck was stringy and dry. The margherita, weak, watery and flavorless. The one lace is cute, but would not return....

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KH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Loved the aptmosphere but the food didn’t have any taste. We tried the fish tacos and the sea bass tacos. Both were bland. The guacamole however was amazing. The place was cute but we won’t be back.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food though tacos were quite expensive for what they were.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had a fabulous time! Food was delicious, service was excellent, margaritas were tasty and the chocolate dessert was scrumptious!

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was bad. I was actually sick for four hours after dinner with a terrible stomachache.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is inspirational; service impeccable.

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TP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Already went back a second time with some friends. I love tacos and guacamole WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY too much, but since I am a vegan I don't have many non-vegan restaurant options to choose from. The first time I went I had an incredible waitress that literally explained every menu item to me that I can have and alter so now I know for the next 938428 times that I go what I can eat without being annoying. Everything is legit amazing there (from the meat eaters too). We were so full and very drunk from their delicious margaritas. Gets super crowded on Friday nights and Saturdays, but having a reservation was not a problem at all.

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b
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Never disappoints. Was trend setter and while others are now doing similar things, still happy to return here for tasty, consistent food and pretty darn good drinks, too

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b
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Empellon's flavors and executions held up six years after my first visit! The restaurant was super accommodating, making a prime-time brunch reservation for our party of 12 plus two babies in high chairs. We all enjoyed margaritas (made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, hallelujah), guacamole with a flight of 7 salsas, and various tacos. My husband and I housed 3 duck tacos (great hoisin flavor, and the tortillas were somewhat reminiscent of the pancakes you get with Peking duck) and two brussels sprout tacos. Delivery time for our entrees was a bit slow, but I attribute this to them timing the firing of 12 peoples' entrees. We had a great time!

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F
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready on time. The service, food and cocktails were excellent. Jennifer, our server was on top of everything and a great personality. I highly recommend this spot. Love it.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic cocktails. Food was delicious. Highly recommend!

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a reservation on PRIDE Day and were amazed that we could get through the crowds, our reservation was on time, and the service was prompt even though I am sure the staff had a very busy day. The tacos are small and varied and suggest sharing to taste as many as possible. Great margaritas, and fun ice cream desserts.

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MC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Empellon since it opened, a fantastic place with the best tacos ever. The margaritas are amazing. Don't miss out in visiting Empellon Taqueria

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RN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We showed up at 10:30 - after last call - but they were kind enough to seat and serve us anyway. Food and cocktails ++. We'll definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was really tasty and good, however overpriced when compared to other similar restaurants.
We found the service great, very efficient and pleasant. We had a nice time!

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