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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
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Good for Birthdays (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Tapas (11)
Casual (9)
Spicy (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Cozy (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Authentic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great little cozy restaurant! Good food.. went on a friday night. It was packed.
Try the shrimp or lamb tacos. They were really good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Empellón has delicious tacos! I highly recommend it.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Ordinary food, careless - though friendly - service. Overall, very mediocre.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Tacos were wonderful and restaurant was able to accommodate member of our party with garlic allergy. Awesome margaritas also!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was really good and we enjoyed very much, until the desert destroyed everything. Probably we should only eat Tacos here.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place does a good job at feeding its guests. We had a good meal here on this occasion

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Waited almost 30 minutes for the table. Food was really good. Service is very slow and server forgot our drinks a couple of times. Manager took care of the desserts

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was amazing. The service was friendly and fast. I would totally recommend dining here.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The hostess was incredibly kind, understanding and accommodating - thought that the evening could have been less than ideal given that we almost lost our reservation, but she was kind enough to make it all work out perfectly!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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....

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Some of the dishes were very good but overall the place did not raise up to our expectations. We would give it another chance but would not recommend to a friend

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Busy night as we went on Halloween. Service was gracious but extremely slow. Felt like we were eating in a bar. Which is fine if that's what you are expecting. Chicken tacos were out of this world. The rest of the food was good but not remarkable.

Tags: Spicy, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This was our first time here and we will definitely be coming back! The service was great and food was awesome. Highly recommended

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had such a great time at this restaurant. The food was full of flavour (don't leave without having tried the sea bass tacos!), the cocktails delicious, and the service really enthusiastic . Thank you for a great night!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice place, very lively in the front bar area, but has a quieter room in the back. Good food and friendly service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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...

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always a great experience at Empellon. Very accommodating when we had a third show up and needed a bigger table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Glorified taco joint w small overpriced dishes. Not the best wine and/or cocktail selection. Very good service and atmosphere, however.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

A great spot in the West Village to meet up with friends and enjoy some great Mexican food. The Tacos are highly recommended and the cocktails were a great way to top it off. Good service and atmosphere.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Love this place every time I go. Cool vibe and perfect options for whether you want to eat a little or a lot. Delicious range of tacos and nice size. In West Village, the restaurant has a cool style, paintings, and layout. Recommend to everyone!

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love this place! Always have had a great meal and fun time on every visit! Many people automatically equate Mexican food and drink to typical tacos, burritos, margaritas, and such, but it can be so very much more, and Empellon delivers consistently on that promise. Very tasty!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love this place for brunch! The smoked cashew cream salsa is wonderful, as is the churro French toast with smoked maple syrup. Haven't had a taco we didn't like. Great service too.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent simple food. Great ambience and music. Service was top notch and friendly from everybody specially our waiter Luke

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was our first visit since the restaurant opened some years back, and it's great to see the quality upheld. Our visit coincided with brunch, which has a relatively limited menu, but the Heuvos Fundido is a delicious novelty. My only cavil was the somewhat elevated prices (how did we end up with a $80 brunch, sans liquor?) and lackadaisical service (e.g., lag getting a coffee refill and the check). Looking forward to exploring the menu further.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

This is very good restaurant and the food really amazing I recommend this restaurant I came back again

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The service was outstanding; the waiter was honest and super friendly! Felt the food was a bit over priced for what it was but perfect portions as they sell their tacos in 2/3 options.
Very picturesque in the west village!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food is amazing! We love their salsa's and how different and delicious they are. Their tacos are amazing and the service is great. Only downside is we were sat at high-top which butted up to the bar which was 2/3 deep with people. Too close for comfort when I was trying to eat and fighting for elbow space with people behind me. Didn't destroy the experience, as everyone from bar was sat halfway through our meal.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Sadly food has gone way down hill!!!
Portions have shrunk.
Steak tacos taste dry and old meat ~
Crazy expensive. Street tacos are 1,000 times better .. hit your local taco truck. This place is a rip off.
Service excellent! Really the best part of the night.
The food used to be amazing.
Will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Definitely worth checking out this wonderful neighborhood taqueria with fantastic food. Perhaps the best guacamole that we've had started our meal, the lobster, goat and sea bass tacos were all fantastic. And the salsas! They are each wonderful, smoky and highly recommended. Service was great and attentive too and the cucumber margarita fresh and definitely hit the spot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The service was impeccable!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great food, cool hood. Expensive for just tiny tacos. But they are good tiny tacos

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Consistently great with superb staff. They keep it simple and do it well. We Always recommend this place to friends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Lamb barbacoa taco is next level

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great restaurant!!! Food and drinks were amazing! Will definitely return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing food and really great taste. Wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Authentic, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Good food, reasonably priced. Waitress was very helpful. Overall good time

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Empellon is a fun place and great location to meet friends. Food is good - portions are good sized but not overwhelming. We had the tempura fish tacos which were fine. The guacamole was nice but had way too much onion and cilantro on top of it.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fantastic food, service and ambiance! Loved it! We had the lobster, skirt steak, and shrimp tacos. We will definitely be back to try more.

Tags: Casual
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