Empellon Taqueria

4.6
1419 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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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.
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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 1419 People Are Saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

our server was exceptional.....thanks...the food was so tasty and the margaritas were so great...we had several different kinds...

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

duck tacos ftw. Great meal and they didn't rush us out which is rare.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

GO HERE!! A friend and I came here for the 3 for $30 Sunday pre-fixe. Our server, Michal, was so nice, helpful, and cheerful. The food came out promptly. The cashew dip in the first course was so good I asked for more. The portions were pretty good- we were getting close to full after the 2nd course. We both had the English peas with ramps for the vegetables course- it was a unique and delicious dish. We then had the queso fundido with shishito peppers. I had the sea bass tacos and my friend had the skirt steak tacos. Everything was excellent. We were stuffed and happy at the end of our meal! Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Love it! Classic margarita, guacamole and steak tacos are everything

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Disappointing second visit. Over priced bland food after we had a great meal three years ago. All food dumped on table at once in an effort to rush us through- resulting in cold food and no care or attention. There are far better modern Mexican restaurants. We will not return or re commend to others.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Delicious food and fantastically helpful, informative, fun and relatable server. Loved everything about this place except for the completely unaccommodating hostess.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants. We loved the small tacos, the ability to mix and match and choose different tacos, and the great prices. It has been about 4 years since we had been there, and we were really disappointed.

First, the menu is very different, and we were not pleased when we saw the new menu. It’s fancier, more expensive, and they don’t have nearly the fun variety they used to have. You can no longer order 2 different kinds of tacos; you must order 2-3 of the same. Also, there are fewer options for tacos. The starters and vegetable options were really limited as well. They no longer have the delicious street corn on the cob, but instead more gourmet options.

Now, the food was delicious. There’s no question about that. Had we never been there before, we would have been happy with the food. But we preferred the restaurant’s original menu.

But the service was inexcusably terrible. For our party of 4, they brought 3 of us our drinks in a timely fashion, but it took 25 minutes to get the margarita for the fourth member of our party, when we all ordered at the same time. As for our food, it took an hour for us to get our food. ONE HOUR. And the restaurant was not full. 50 minutes after ordering, I asked the manager to check our food (because our server could not be found). 8 minutes later, our server said that the kitchen was making our food. 58 minutes after ordering. They had forgotten our order, and our server would not have noticed had I not asked. The manager apologized and covered our drinks for us, but the whole experience was poor. I could look beyond the poor service and try it again if they still had their old menu, but with the latest menu, we will not return

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Empellon is my go to pre-jazz club restaurant. The sea bass tacos and quail egg sopes were excellent, as is just about everything else on the menu. Admittedly, the corn in the "corn ice cream" was a bit difficult to discern.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Delicious, inventive cuisine. Many of the items can be made vegan. Five delicious salsas and the English Peas with garlic ramps and mint have a yummy Greek like garlic sauce that you cannot stop eating!

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Nice taco’s with Pastrami, duck, sprouts and other creative combo’s

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Food was delicious however our experience was ruined by the way we were treated at the end of our meal: we reserved for 4 people at 9:30pm on a Sunday night, restaurant was quiet and they rushed our service, even started emptying out neighbouring tables and chairs from the restaurant while we were eating, brought us the bill without us asking and without proposing dessert/coffee while our empty main course plates were still on the table... final straw was when they turned up the dimmed lights while we weren’t even done drinking our bottle of wine... reserved at 9:30pm and we were long gone before 11pm with all these “messages” from the staff... too bad because food was actually good

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Hits the spot with great margaritas, guacamole, tacos and tasty desserts !

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We went late, 10 pm, so it was quiet, and the service great. Loved the food and wines by the glass more than satisfactory

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everyone at the restaurant, from Carlos the host to the servers, were wonderfully welcoming, friendly and professional. I love the inventive Mexican food at this terrific restaurant. Always a pleasure and treat to eat there!

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Loud, bad service, don’t even know who our server was, had to ask bidder for refill and check

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We went there for their Cinco de Mayo pre-fix menu. Most times the guac and chips are disappointing, but not here, it was delicious. Everyone loved their meals (I had the fish tacos), and the margaritas were just right! It was loud and hectic, as is expected for Cinco de Mayo, but the staff was super friendly. We had Omar as a server and he was excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 1 hour until we were able to get seated which was a bit frustrating. However, it was a delicious meal and the service was great... worth the wait!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Brunch prix fixe. Food was good but drinks were dissapointing!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great food and margaritas. The brussel sprouts taco was particularly good.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

This is my 4th or 5th time and each time I leave utterly satisfied. The food is delicious, very flavorful, fun, and well presented. I can be with my husband, colleagues and even a client, everyone loves it. The cocktails are very well crafted, creative and delicious as well. Shishito peppers, guacamole and the 7 dips are a great way to start the meal with a Mescal margarita for instance. The tacos are all good, my favorite being the tempura fish, the crispy duck and the lamb. I favor another cocktail over desserts, but there are options for the sweet tooth. The room is lively, the service fast and perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Such a fun and delicious dinner. We had a 7 pm reservation but somehow thought it was 8 pm, so arrived an hour late. And the host was incredibly gracious on a busy Saturday night and found a table for us anyway. And that gesture set the tone for the rest of the night. We were well cared for and had a fantastic meal (still thinking about the duck/hot honey tacos).

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Amazing! Great food and attendance!

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The service and drinks were excellent, however the food was oddly bland and somewhat lacking. My brisket taco was dry as a bone.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Exceptional meal and drinks. A repeat!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food, good service and an incredibly noisy environment. Best for a group, especially if they care about good food.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Restaurant is excellent. The health inspector just happened to pop in that night which caused a slight delay in service, but the waitress kept us updated and offered us the first round of the drinks on the house. The chips are excellent and so are the tacos!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great tacos and guacamole. Good service. Ask to sit in the back, the front is too noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our waiter Naz (?) was amazing and the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Too loud!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our waitress was amazing, very personable and attentive. It’s very close quarters so don’t recommend for a first date if you’re looking to have a good conversation because it gets very loud very fast. But other than that it was great! Food was delicious and so were the margaritas!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Creative and delicious. Pastrami tacos were really good and satisfy that pastrami craving without requiring a giant sandwich. Loved the Brussels sprouts tacos and sopes with smoked plantains. Super loud - luckily we went late so it improved as tables started clearing out.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Absolutely fabulous - we ordered a lot of items, all were very good, mostly great!!! Excellent waiter, the four of us were very happy with our experience - Great job! I'll be back when in the neighborhood.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

the service was terrible. The food was terrible and the drinks were terrible.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Best place in Nyc.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Guacamole was delicious. Was a bit cramped, but the food was really good.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Keep your receipt - I was overcharged by $15 and had to speak with a managed to get a refund. That soured the entire experience for me

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great place to grab a meal. Service was very fast, but not rushed. Food was absolutely amazing and plentiful. Drinks we're incredible. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I would highly recommend. Great staff presence from front to back of the house! Our server was very attentive. Love the simple menu. Food and cocktails were delicious! Ambience is perfect even for kids. The restaurant was busy but we did not feel overwhelmed at all. Place was simply decorated, and clean. Two thumbs up!

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