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Sat, 5/5
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Empellon Taqueria

4.6
1389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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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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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a 2 course brunch prix-fixe with unlimited margaritas for $50 and a 6-course dinner for $60! Prix-fixe required and a $25 cancellation fee per person will apply if reservation is cancelled within 72 hours.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

What 1389 People Are Saying
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service
4.4
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3.9
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

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

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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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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food and service was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Guacamole and cashew salsa are to die for. Brussel sprout tacos are delicious !! One of my favorites restaurants. Our server, Luke is great ! He's been my server everytime I dine. Always professional and hospitable !

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Really nice tacos! Large variety of Mexican beers!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Don’t be late, they remove your reservation after 15mins

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great service, and AMAZING food! Duck carnitas tacos are a must, as is the seven salsas starter.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

It was both my friend very first time there, and they absolutely loved everything. The food, the drinks and the service was exceptional. We’ll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was great. Food was amazing and tequila options were outstanding. A little pricey but the quality is there.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Guacamole, tacos and drinks are always consistent and good ! Dessert was small, overpriced and not that great

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We highly recommend Empellon Taqueria and will definitely come back here again. OUr waitress was extremely helpful in suggesting the most popular dishes. It is wonderful place for a group. The chips with the 7 different types of salsa are a must but the tacos are excellent- particularly the lobster and the short ribs! WE also had the sweet potato flautas and they were delicious! Next time we must try the brussel sprout tacos! My son who lives in NYC loved it and we will definitely come back here again-- it was so much fun with delicious food! Great find!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was amazing, but definitely on the pricier side for the (small) portions.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Worse Mexican restaurant ever!! Horrible service, super noisy and is not good at all actually for the price is bad totally overpriced Tacos N 1 is too much better for 1/4 of the price.
Please don’t go to this restaurant, don’t waste your money.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We felt rushed & cramped at our table for 9 as dirty plates not cleared before food arrived all at once which was overwhelming as we had explained we were sharing everything; they also didn't remember it was noted as a birthday, so no candle or anything in my husband's dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our waitress was amazing. She engaged our 4-year-old in multiple conversations and treated him like an adult. Overall, we had perhaps the best service of any restaurant I have ever been to.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We can't wait to get back. We we treated exceptional well by staff and management. Love this place

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Good tacos... music a bit too loud

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Thank you Stefanie. You are awesome! Only thing missing was a hug from you!!! Hope to see you soon. Spencer

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Truly enjoyable evening celebrating my daughter’s birthday!!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Waitress was inattentive and then totally disappeared 15 minutes after taking our order. After half an hour of being ignored and not receiving our food, after the table next t ours got their food, we flagged down a busboy who was helpful. But the good was delicious

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Our server Luke was so friendly and helpful! Made our experience wonderful.
The Sunday Prix Fixe was great - a lot of bang for your buck!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Amazing service, delicious food and cocktails, and most importantly, amazing service!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent as usual. Super friendly staff, great menu and some of the best margaritas in town. A solid favourite of ours!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The hostess and the wait staff were incredibly helpful to our large party. Food was great!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The food. Every dish from the tacos to the impossibly unique desserts to each individual salsa sustained a distinct and exquisite flavor. The service can be rushed or slow, the space is cramped and sometimes loud, but it's totally worth it for the food. And drinks - the classic margarita is really the only one you need.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Get the salsa sampler. Get some margs. Chill. One of my go-to happy hour joints. Definitely delicious food.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very nice with friendly staff. The service was very good and the tacos were definitely the best things on the menu. The sides weren't as memorable but the tacos made it worth it.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful food and delicious margaritas!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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