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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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
Picked this place as it got good review on Yelp and Open Table (was asked to pick a place even tho I don’t live in the city). We had early reservation, but still got good service. DrInks good, had pear margarita. Guacamole and tacos tasty but over priced for what you get. I had sea bass tacos and they had wonderful flavor. Guacamole came with this smoky sauce that I had with chips and tacos, couldn’t stop eating it. Other than the price for what you get (not including any sides), I would come back because it all tasted good!
Among my highest compliments for any restaurant is that it is way better than it needs to be. The salsas, the straight-ahead Margaritas (ask for not too sweet), the corn tortillas made from corn imported from Oaxaca (yep, as it should be), the imagination, the refined balance in every dish—even if it were only half so good, it would still rank high on the list of places where you can get a more-than-good taco. But it's great, and one of my favorite restaurants of any kind in that food-lover's Paradise, downtown Manhattan.
Definitely worth a visit. Unique flavors. Everything was delicious from the original takes on margaritas to the tacos (we had conchita pibil - roast pork - which was tender and full of flavor. Also had the steak taco that was out of this world.) I regret not trying the sopes, but will definitely try it on my next visit. If you like salsa and chips, get the 7 salsas...they offer a wide range of flavors - mild to very spicy, smokey cashew, tomatillo, etc. Service was attentive, professional and helpful with suggestions.
This was my third or fourth time to Empellon and this time the quality of the food was very low. All tacos we had were dry (shrimp, duck, fish tempura). The shrimp almost tasted undercooked too. The guacamole was excellent and our server was great, but if I go out for (expensive) tacos and get something inedible, I’m not going to be back....
Fabulous dinner on Halloween party night. We were welcomed and the service was great throughout the evening . The place was buzzing with bar environment at front and different layouts of bars and tables. At the back we were located at a nice corner table. The back room is nicely decorated and less loud with a range of tables accommodating groups of different sizes with plenty of space and comfort . Really enjoyed all the food which was original and well prepared with some superb tastes. Highly recommend and was very good value for money.
Some of the best tacos and salsas I've ever had. Try all of the salsas...just like their tacos, they are so complex, so delicious, and so different. Going just for the salsas is worth it. If you try to make them from the restaurants cook book, which I did, you'll probably give up because of how difficult they are to make and for how many unique ingredients they require. Gives you another type of appreciation for the work that goes into the food they serve, and they deliver. Excellent...
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