Empellon Taqueria

4.6
1570 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Empellón Taqueria is located in the heart of the west village on the corner of West 4th Street and 10th Street.

Chef John Cullen creates a menu that focuses on 8 tacos, ceviches and seasonal vegetable dishes all served in a comfy neighborhood setting.

Taqueria’s drink menu focuses on margaritas and other cocktails all crafted from artisanal Mexican spirits.
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Specials

$4 Cheeseburger Tacos!

Join us for our new late night happy hour.
Sun - Thur, 10pm - 11pm
Fri & Sat, 10:30pm - 12am
$9 margaritas
$9 wine
$4 beers

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 27, 2019

Ends: March 28, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 10:00PM-11:00PM

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 1570 People Are Saying
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SM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food and drinks were fun and fabulous. Definitely will go back!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were each top notch. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

But it is quite noisy, it is not a place to have a conversation

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

Service was excellent. Noise level of restaurant was way too high (we had to yell to hear each other). Food was good but unremarkable. Trendy scene.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and very accommodating to food allergy!!

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Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every
Time is a special occasion

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TW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great friendly staff. Very accommodating. Food great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Spicy pineapple margarita was great, food was fantastic, and the service was very friendly and prompt.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and very informative staff. The carnitas were scrumptious.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful time at Empellon. Love the ambience, the food and the people. First class.

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EA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food and the margaritas incredible, but the service was amazing too. My water glass slipped out of my hand and shattered all over the table and they had it cleaned up immediately and also made sure I wasn't hurt in any way. Will definitely be back!!

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TA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Awful dining experience. Food was terrible and where our table was was freezing with cold air conditioning blowing at us despite complaining twice it was not switched off. The music is so loud, you have to shout at each other to be heard.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, exquisite dishes, superb staff. I would highly recommend

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Tacos are good, guac is excellent, side vegetable dishes (beets and broccoli) are bland and overpriced. The broccoli are actually just stems, which is deeply confusing and unsatisfying. It would be like giving someone just the stems of roses instead of the actual flowers: not exactly a panty dropper.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The food was mediocre and overpriced. The staff was very nice, but I would not revisit. It’s also quite loud in there.

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sumptuous feast! The selection was wonderful and the mood was just right. Try the drunken beans and the ceviches.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place!

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s
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was lackluster and dry tasting. Felt very rushed

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing experience, cant wait to go back!

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DO
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food we have had in some time...service was off the charts...

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GA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The managers and servers have been very accomodating even when more people come over to joint our already large group. The food is super fresh and good.

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TW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is very good and it is a nice place, though noisy. The host at reception was unfriendly, bordering on rude. Wait staff were friendly.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly service staff, delicious food that came out fast, chic but casual ambiance. I'll definitely be back and I highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a great dining experience in NYC.

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k
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious drinks - good food, limited menu
As for downtown Mexican - much more comfortable to sit in than many others with better service and drinks and not crazy prices - the most disappointing part of the dinner were the chips and salsa!
Fun atmosphere

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

3 of our party of 6 were stuck in traffic and arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation. When the host seated us, he told us (and not in a nice way) that we would have to order quickly. I have worked in restaurants for many years and this set the mood for dinner and totally turned me off. Our server was lovely and food was good, but not good enough to have me recommend this place after our host's greeting.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great, service was iffy, it was packed and there were only two waitresses

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Meh. Not worth the money. Dos Toros’ tacos are as good.

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PM
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot making modern versions of authentic Mexican flavors. Margaritas are the best I’ve had in New York so far (I’m a Texas native, so I have plenty of margarita experience. Ha). Service could not have been better. It’s small and gets packed quickly, so always make a reservation though.

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s
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great drinks, taco selection and atmosphere. Would like to see more dessert options!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and excellent

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DC
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time visit - WOW

Perfect evening for my wife's birthday. Wonderful service - Adam really took care of us. Outstanding meal and drinks - can't wait to visit again.

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k
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food is good but the service was terrible. We probably ended up staying there almost an hour longer because of it. It was like we were forgotten. Also, don't sit in the front room when it's cold outside. There's no canopy/enclosure for the front door so it's freezing anytime the door opens- which happens all the time.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from the manager to the bartender, host/hostess, and waitress skill.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The guy at host stand almost made we want to leave with his attitude, but our amazing waitress/server made up for it.

Guacamole as good as ever and chips super fresh. Margaritas excellent. And tacos too.

The guy at front needs to be welcoming not rude.

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BR
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in every way!! Every bite is delicious -- the tacos, of course, and particularly the lobster tacos and the brussel sprout tacos (I know doesn't necessarily sound the best but it is so flavorful). And do not miss the sopes -- Empellon makes the very best corn base (bean and quail eggs are particularly good). Also the cocktails really hit the spot -- love (love, love) the spicy cucumber ones. Lively atmosphere and attentive service -- great in every way!!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cashew dipping sauce is amazing! For a slightly less noisy dining experience, get a seat in the back room. Service is attentive and friendly. Menu is inventive and delicious.

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were so good! Been wanting to go to this restaurant for quite some time! This was a perfect Restaurant Week venue.

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NF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and service. Crowded and quite loud but that is normal and the atmosphere is great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente atención de todo el staff

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A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great margarita, very good guacamole, just so-so chili rellenos

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