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About Empellon Taqueria
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.
New York, NY 10014
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday - Saturday 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday & Sunday 11:45 AM - 5:30 PM
W 10th St
$31 to $50
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An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.
A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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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.
Empellon Taqueria Ratings and Reviews
Awesome vibe! I went for food and drinks with my sister on a Friday night. It wasn't packed, but we were there early. The spicy cucumber margaritas are awesome! Our server was just the best. My sister doesn't love cilantro but it was pre made in the guac (no big deal). We ordered 3 different kinds of tacos and the server had them put the cilantro on the side - we didn't even ask for that! That type of service is just above and beyond. He also treated us to a shot of tequila on the house. Brussel sprout tacos are the best!!! Will def be back.
The food has remained very consistent, always excellent. We love all of the tacos, and of note, the tortillas themselves (especially the corn tortillas) reflect the care and pride of place. Salsas, sopes, queso fundidos were all terrific; and service was attentive, solicitous and prompt. We will keep returning on a regular basis, and certainly do not hesitate to recommend Empellon Taqueria to many of our friends.
We came for the special five-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu, which was amazing. Started with delicious guac and chips, then a sea scallop ceviche with lime curd, followed by celery root with salsa macha, then red and green chorizo in a shallow skillet on top of melted cheese. Here's where we ran into trouble. Having cleaned every previous plate, we were getting full. But the next course was two tacos, and we could each finish only one. So we took the last pair home with us, leaving room for the yummy chocolate custard with flor de cacao crema we had for dessert.
This was my third time at Empellon. It will be my last. The restaurant was not crowded on Sunday evening. It took over two hours for them to bring a three course meal. Our server disappeared after taking our order. Food was good but pricey. Inexcusable service at a restaurant this pricey.
As usual, great food and drink!
We come at least twice a year when in town for gift show!
This time, it was Restaurant Week, so a great deal to boot!
Fun, knowledgeable, personable, and now-famous bartender-Dillon-completed the evening!
Favorites=fish tacos, chili rellenos tacos, Brussels sprout tacos, guacamole and chips, always get the taco special of day too! Margaritas are good but I prefer a martini and Dillon makes a great gin martini, served in the correct glass!
Came here during restaurant week with a friend. Spicy margarita was fantastic. Guac was great. The cauliflower app was bland (it was chopped cold over a sauce) and the ceviche was good. The tacos were ehh and we each only took one bite of dessert because it was no bueno. Left hungry and with a mind set of "what did we just pay for?".
Went for dinner during Restaurant Week. I had the best ceviche I've ever tasted, delicate with a good balance of flavors rather than the very acidic ones I've tried elsewhere. The main course was 3 tacos (of course) but I wasn't left hungry at all, the portions were sizable. The restaurant wasn't too noisy even when full. I was happy with what I tried.
I have been here multiple times before, always with excellent food. However, this time it was disappointing. The daily special goat tacos were very tough and dry. The lamb and the fish tempura tacos were so so. Perhaps we did not order well. The guacamole and 7 sauces was very good. On the other hand, the server was excellent.
The appetizers were amazing, the tacos fell short. But our server Jennifer E was AMAZING. Maybe the best server I've had in NYC. So thorough and really truly knew her stuff. Poised, professional, and friendly. I was incredibly impressed. Excellent Mezcal selection, and very decent cocktails. I will definitely be back for a multitude of reasons, but I really just want to give a huge shout out to Jen.
Our sampling of Empellon's impressive menu exceeded expectations -- GREAT guac, and I loved the beets with hibiscus. Also check out Empellon Midtown -- the combination of visual interior design and nicely interpreted Mexican is on point AND rare. Thank you!
First of the all, the margaritas! Wow! The mezcal margarita with pink grapefruit was great. Our server, Jennifer(?), was super-friendly and efficient, taking great care of us on a busy Saturday night. Really enhanced our meal.
The tacos (goat barbacoa, duck carnitas, skirt steak) were all terrific. Avoid the steak if you like lean meat: it's full of fatty goodness.
Via OpenTable I asked them for something chocolate to with which to surprise my wife for dessert, and they came through with a delicious malted chocolate mousse. Perfect.
This is a great spot for dinner (though loud!) or to just sit at the bar and have drinks and tacos. We'll definitely go back.
My wife and I went for New Year's Eve and had an amazing time. The tacos and drinks are excellent and the queso could not be beat. The staff was attentive and nice, they passed out hats and noise makers and Champagne at midnight. All around awesome time and can't wait to go back! Thanks Empellon!
Meh, uptown location is sooooo much better.
The entire table ordered the Sunday night prix fixe and nothing really stood out. The salad course included some delicious-sounding dishes, but would have been so much tastier if they'd been served warm. Cold roasted parsnips and delicate squash? Weird. I'd rather pay more for the guacamole and actually be given an adequate size portion. Literally enough dip for one to two chips per person (there was five of us). Margaritas were good though!
Wouldn't recommend the space for larger groups as we felt a little cramped near the restroom and it's hard to carry on a conversation with people at the opposite end of a long skinny table.
Chef and founder Alex Stupak has perfected the 2-3 tablespoons of ingredients on an open tortilla to make his fortune. At $7-9 per taco that equals $21-$27 per plate for 3 ($14-$18 for 2!) considering the number of plates a table of 4 usually orders to feel sated, adding just ONE round of drinks and EITHER one salad or one appetizer (but NOT both), you are easily looking at around $140 (for 2) including tax and tip that everyone has to pay.!!!! Don't forget we're talking tacos here not a steak dinner....and even for alleged "gourmet" tacos, that's just ridiculous.
FYI: They charge $3 for chips, by the way, because they are accompanied by fancy, gourmet dipping sauces. That's just being petty .
Should you feel inclined to add a second round of drinks or order 2 appetizers or two salads....now you're approaching $200+ or more for a party of 2 or $400+ for a party of 4!
This is getting insane.
And the worst part? Those ingredients used to be, emphasis on USED TO BE, really unique and delicious., i.e. Stupak's innovative interpretation of Mexican food, New York-style. Nowadays, it doesn't come close to that original model. So that's $140-$200 for uneven kitchen concoctions of what should be an excellent meal. And don't forget: just those measly 2-3 tablespoons of mixtures of duck, pork, chicken, "steak" per taco, and a fish tempura taco that is on par with Gorton's frozen fish sticks....that's 2-3 tablespoons of stewed or fried meat that includes the sauce, onions, veggies and flavorings that work only 50% of the time.
And with enough alcohol and good friends or family in attendance, we wash it all down and say "What a meal!"....except when it wasn't and hasn't been for a long, long time.
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