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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Sun - Thur, 10pm - 11pm
Fri & Sat, 10:30pm - 12am
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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
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.
Loved it! Food and drinks were fun and fabulous. Definitely will go back!
The food, service and atmosphere were each top notch. Highly recommend.
But it is quite noisy, it is not a place to have a conversation
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.
Amazing and very accommodating to food allergy!!
Time is a special occasion
Great friendly staff. Very accommodating. Food great.
Great experience overall. Spicy pineapple margarita was great, food was fantastic, and the service was very friendly and prompt.
Exceptional service and very informative staff. The carnitas were scrumptious.
Always a wonderful time at Empellon. Love the ambience, the food and the people. First class.
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!!
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.
Delicious food, exquisite dishes, superb staff. I would highly recommend
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.
The food was mediocre and overpriced. The staff was very nice, but I would not revisit. It’s also quite loud in there.
Sumptuous feast! The selection was wonderful and the mood was just right. Try the drunken beans and the ceviches.
Food was lackluster and dry tasting. Felt very rushed
amazing experience, cant wait to go back!
Best Mexican food we have had in some time...service was off the charts...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Food was great, service was iffy, it was packed and there were only two waitresses
Meh. Not worth the money. Dos Toros’ tacos are as good.
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.
Great drinks, taco selection and atmosphere. Would like to see more dessert options!
Delicious and excellent
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.
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.
Great service from the manager to the bartender, host/hostess, and waitress skill.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Really good food and service. Crowded and quite loud but that is normal and the atmosphere is great.
Excelente atención de todo el staff
Great margarita, very good guacamole, just so-so chili rellenos