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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.

230 West 4th
New York, NY 10014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday - Wednesday 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday - Saturday 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Cross Street:
W 10th St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 367-0999

Website:
http://www.empellon.com/taqueria

Entertainment:
An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.

Public Transit:
A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.

Executive Chef:
Alex Stupak

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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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.

Empellon Taqueria Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.4

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3.9

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food and delicious margaritas!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a pleasure--terrific service and delicious, inventive food, with enough menu changes to keep it interesting every time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Lovely experience! Wish they had a more interesting dessert menu though

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I love this place. Best tacos, great cocktails. This is the third or fourth time I've been here and every time I go it's great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic experience. Bought his cook book a while back and made plans to eat here when we flew in from North Carolina. Can not wait to be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing! One of my TOP 10 favorites in NYC. Chef Alex Stupak's menu is amazing, and his attention to details and ingredients are superb!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It’s a very stylish place with creative interior and fantastic service. Local gem

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Staff were amazing-courteous and friendly. Food was delish. Loved the salad with Caesar dressing and fried corn

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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?".

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Restaurant Week Brunch. Margaritas @ $14 were very good. Favorites were golden beets appetizer. Best chips ever with interesting cashew salsa. Fish tempura tacos were crunchy, light& refreshing. Desserts were weakest part of meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was amazing and the tacos may be the best in the city

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Tacos was very nice, but it takes too long time between dish and dish.
It took more than 2 hours to have lunch from 12:30.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Delicious & trendy tacos. Awesome drinks. Super nice server. Very crowded, definitely need a reservation! Pretty loud so I wouldn’t recommend as a first date spot!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was interesting, a little different than the usual tacos, gut much too salty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The $5 taco specials are nightly, and delicious! Sensational drinks and service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great duck taco and ceviche

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Guacamole & sea bass taco were good. Had no lobster which was a disappointment. Waiter was professional. Bus people were very good. Nothing great... nothing bad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Vegan
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Had the salsa, guoc and chips. The cashew salsa is to die for as is the lobster tacos. Everything we ate here was terrific!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We have been to Empellon three times for brunch, and it is fabulous. Especially love the smoked cashew crema and churro French Toast. Great, friendly service. We'll be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food is absolutely amazing and the service matches the food. I can’t recommend this place enough. Absolutely one of the best restaurants in New York.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Love all, tje oysters taco was spectacular.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It would be nice if you could mix & match the tacos. This is the only taqueria I've ever been to where you have to order one type of taco for your dish if you don't want to eat more than three tacos.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very expensive but also top-notch - a great place for a high-end taco feast.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

$9 for a taco seems pretty high.. especially when you charge extra for beans and rice. Three tacos should not cost the same as a steak.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great ✅ experience great food , thanks!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

THE best Taqueria in the city! Tacos, guac, drunken beans AND the cucumber margarita!
And to top it they are a rare team who understand service! LOVED it and will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

outstanding in every way..a must...

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