Empellon Taqueria

4.7
1473 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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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Cross street
W 10th St
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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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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

As we’re all well aware, Mexican food in Manhattan generally blows. Empellon hasn’t come to save the day, but it isn’t adding to the problem either. While nothing blew us away, the food was solid with the good outweighing the bad.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 1473 People Are Saying
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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The host was absolutely amazing at accommodating our group. Made sure we were taken care of. Was really good for a large group as well.

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AO
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The tacos were really good. Brussel sprout tacos were a triumph as was the skirt steak. Barbacoa lacked seasoning but was super tender. The guac was tasty but not notably better / different than other places - you're better off ordering something more unique to them. Desserts were super interesting and original.

The service was good but the staff was relentlessly on us if we were done with a plate - you could really feel the pressure to turn tables. I would recommend this for a quick dinner but if you want a leisurely catch up with friends or a romantic date to get to know someone, this is not the place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

GNO... great ambiance

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Made us really sick.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best, most adventurous Mexican in nyc. Period!

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is amazing! The food, the service, and the ambiance were exactly what I was looking for. Will be coming back for sure!

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience as always. One of my favorites. Great service! Amazing margaritas, guacamole, and salsa! Will come back time and time again!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, out of the ordinary Mexican - a nice change!
Our server was outstanding!

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AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Very expensive lunch. Bloody Mary’s were disgusting. Will not return. Service was excellent.

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A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, flavorful and pretty much perfect.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The twice cooked pork is fantastic, so are the large scampi appetizers.

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OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing as usual ! Lovely staff. Manager Carlos and Luke (former server now bartender)took very good care of us!

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OT
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tolles Personal, tolles Ambiente und tolles Essen

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M
Chicago
157 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unique taco selection with many of the elevated Mexican staples. Good for a girls’ dinner or date night.

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NF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server. I forget what her name was but she was so sweet and helpful. Also the margaritas are the best in NYC and the food is incredible!

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JB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch also has the full menu available (except daily special taco). Pastrami, fish tempura, skirt steak and Brussels sprouts tacos are amazing. 10am Shadow & Our Bloody Mary are the right way to start a weekend day...

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IB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Way too expensive for what you get.. would’ve expected better tacos based on the price.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was pretty yummy and service was very friendly and accommodating! Would definitely recommend if you like tacos and tapas style food

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and great hospitality team!!!

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CN
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, presented beautifully, and provided both meat and meatless options.
Service was exceptional and very nice:)
Hope to be back soon!

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a 1 year anniversary very special and extremely tasty food to boot especially the carnitas entree which well seasoned with salt and lime

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RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was Labor Day weekend, so unusually quiet. There were still people there but we finished our dinner within 45 minutes! This is including apps, entrees, dessert and drinks! We weren’t rushed by any means, things just came out quickly and we dove in accordingly. Love this place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was amazing, probably one of the best service experiences I’ve had in a very long time!

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GN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday with a group of 4 and was not disappointed. We had loads of cocktails, all of which were very good, and they brought a free round of tequila for my birthday. We enjoyed their guac and LOVED their cashew salsa. I put it on everything throughout the whole meal! We also tried their chorizo queso fundido. It was very good and we ate every last morsel but I have had better in other restaurants.
For dinner, we ordered a bunch of tacos so we could all try each of them. Surprisingly, my favorite of all of them was the brussel sprouts - so good. Amongst the others, the chicken taco was slightly dry, the fish taco was dry and needed some sort of sauce and the steak taco was good but was seasoned in a way that hardly any steak taste came through - it tasted like sauce and onions but not really like steak. My friend also had the lobster tacos and she enjoyed them. Overall, we really did enjoy our meal and ate everything!
Our waiter was wonderful. He was super attentive, very helpful and really made it a great evening celebrating my birthday. We ordered 2 desserts to share and he brought one out with a candle and sang. It was really, really nice.
I definitely would recommend this restaurant for a fun night (especially for a birthday or special occasion) with a group because it condones sharing, is a fun, lively environment with great service and the drinks are delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Way too loud!!!!!

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h
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

a bit loud for business, but fun and great food, great help. Five stars!

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable service!

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all around! Great food , drinks, service, atmosphere!

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LM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adam and Andrew were amazing! Excellent service and gauc! Thanks for the great dining experience! Will be back again soon!

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience (food and service). Every member of the waitstaff was helpful, friendly and on top of it.

Started with the salsa tasting. Loved the green salsa. The cashew was interesting too.

Then had steak, chicken and fish tacos (two of each, to share). The fish was my favorite. Boyfriend liked the steak. I probably would not get the chicken again. It wasn’t bad, just the least memorable and interesting part of the meal.

Also ordered rice and beans, which we loved. One side comment on that. They tasted more like something we got in New Orleans rather than Mexican rice and beans... but yummy.

Finished off with the ice cream sandwich. He scarfed it down, despite being “full.” So I’m guessing it was good.

We paid $100 for all of this (no alcohol, just two sodas). Not sure it will become my Saturday night taco place. But I highly recommend it.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a great place to get High end Mexican. Def a scene to be dealt with but the service is spot on with original takes on classic recipes

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LN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in a fun and festive environment. Fish and steak tacos were delicious. Chicken taco not so much. Appetizers Shisito peppers, guacamole, and sweet potato flatulas were flavorful and would definitely order again. Really liked my waitress who served us by the window. Tacos are expensive for what you receive. However, I would still go back in a heartbeat.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very tasty food & cocktails!
Chic decor & worthy spot!

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c
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The service is awful. We made a reservation for 8 pm, were told to wait, at 8:30 after prompting the hostess she realized she had messed up, and seated us. She did not apologize for the inconvenience, and we spent the remainder of the meal trying to flag down our server.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, going this weds again but to the Madison Ave location.

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CE
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting take on Mexican-based brunch. The food was fresh and tasty, and the menu had good variety. What made the experience stand out was the friendly host, good cold brew, and overall good service. Definitely recommended.

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h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ironically the thing we liked least was the dessert. The drinks and ceviche were awesome as were the interesting salsas.

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican in nyc.

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 3

It’s a trendy nyc restaurant in the village. Loud atmosphere, close tables, pricey menu. I thought the food was strange... Inventive, but some of the flavors were a miss. The atmosphere was positive and fun but we also had very slow service and it seemed like everyone in our seating area did as well. Go for the cocktails!

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PE
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food here. So interesting and unusual and beautifully presented. However it is LOUD. And that takes a sense of humor since you and your meal companion can't talk very much while you are REALLY enjoying the food.

Best to go to the back room on a slow day. If you can find a slow day. Really delicious!

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