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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Empellón!
1st Seating $95 (2hrs per table) includes a welcome margarita & 6 course menu.
2nd Seating $195 (table all night) includes unlimited margaritas, 7 course menu & a champagne or tequila toast at midnight.

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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Tapas (11)
Casual (10)
Spicy (9)
Authentic (8)
Late-night Find (8)
People Watching (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Happy Hour (6)
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Sunday Lunch (6)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Great experience! Tasty food and excellent service. A really nice experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Delicious margaritas and food! Second time here ... Love it!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Loved this place! Food was outstanding. Flavors, flavors, flavors! Will definitely be going back to try new dishes!

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Expensive Mexican restaurant, food is just average. very loud music which is unbearable, asked the manager 3 times to tune it down a notch but still very loud. go somewhere else if you like to enjoy your food instead of having to tolerate loud music and crowd.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Always a treat, always tasty! I have been many times and always enjoy coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 26, 2017

I didn't appreciate being sat at bar tables - would have liked if they had told us before. Service was very off - we were left on our own for spurts without anyone asking if we needed help.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

It was Awesome! Food and service were wonderful definitely going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Amazing food cute restaurant, it's just really loud

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Absolutely loved the guacamole and 7-salsa sampler. Almost a meal for two in itself. Each of the 7 salsas was delicious and distinct from the others.

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Guacamole ok. 7sauces great. Brussel srpouts, lobster, and steak tacos good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We love this place. We always go when we are in town. The lobster tacos are amazing and the shishito peppers with cheese was amazing. Cocktails are great and it's always a fun place. Service is spectacular. Overall this is a great place with great prices as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I went for dinner. Ended up trying their tacos with a side of sautéed greens. The tacos are very small and nothing special. I couldn't eat the greens. They were very bitter.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our favorite go to taco spot, we can't live without the pastrami or lobster tacos . Incredible food .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Empellon Taqueria is a high-concept place on a great corner of the West Village: a simple idea of offering creative, tasty mixtures of various meats and/or vegetables with great Mexican spices as the innards for a taco....charge $24 or more for 3 of 'em in an order....and that's the start of evening. Throw in guacamole, and a drink or two and, don't forget to add tax and tip which everyone has to pay, right? And you're easily on your way to $55-$65 per person for nouvelle Mexican, high net worth-style. Look, the appetizers are delicious; the drinks are exotic and tasty, there's nothing not good about what comes out of the kitchen. It just costs way too much for what you're being served. At best, what appears are 3 - 4 tablespoons of a mixture of lamb or lobster, pork or (on some days) duck or fish tempura or go for vegetarian options with no reduction in price!) The problem is: it's just not worth $8 or $9 per taco....and they know it. But we're the ones who keep paying instead of asking for fairer more reasonable prices for what comes out on the plate.

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed our (pre-opera) dinner at Empellon Taqueria. The food is remarkably consistent and outstanding. Service was solicitous and prompt, as we had requested. We do enjoy coming early, both for pre-cultural dining, but also to beat the din that is inevitable with the ensuing full house. The taqueria remains on our shortest of lists for revisits in NYC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Great service, tasty food and good fun. Very enjoyable experience!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We usually like Empellon Taqueria very much but we were disappointed by the Cinque de Mayo prix-fixe menu. Although it was a good value, there was definitely too much food and the quality was not up to the usual level

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was good but was very expensive for the portion size

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Loved everything. Especially the octopus!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Still continues to be one of best Mexican restaurants in NYC. Go!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Very tasty fresh food. Great guacamole, delicious shrimp tacos, flavorful pork tacos and good chips and interesting salsas.
Service was quite attentive , knowledgeable and friendly.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Price Fix for 2. Quality and Quantity of good food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great tacos and coffee. The dessert not so much. Wonderful service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Wasn't as busy/ buzzy as it used to be

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I had set up a reservation and we did not end up getting sat until one full hour after our reservation time. All we had accommodated was one cocktail and a small serving of Guac. The party before us showed up 30 minutes late, and for some reason, were seated. They then sat through an hour of our reservation slot and the staff at Empellon did not ask them to leave.

Food was great, but experience was just ok.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food/atmosphere. Very packed and seated us 15 min after our reservation (despite the fact that the table was sitting unoccupied the whole time.) Then we ordered drinks and dessert but were asked to get up as there was another party waiting. Weren't offered a drink or any compensation for being seated late or for being asked to get up right away after the bill was paid, which I feel was a miss. Other than that it was great -esp the duck carnitas!

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 (London)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Yummy food and drinks with a fun, lively atmosphere. Great place to go with a group.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Wonderful as always! Joanna at the bar introduced us to some terrific new tequilas and the food somehow seems to get better every time we visit.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Empellon Taqueria is great. They have a reasonable corkage fee and a varied menu. The cashew cream that comes with the guac and chips is HEAVENLY.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

I enjoy Empellon's Taqueria even more than it's other outlet, Cocina, which is certainly not shabby. The tequila/mezcal selection at Taqueria is a stand-out and the cuisine is inventive while remaining true to its south-of-the-border roots.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Great take on Mexican food. Tripe tacos were delicious. Octopus appetizer a close second.
I would also recommend the shishito pepper "queso fundido". Sadly, service was very poor, our server was clearly just waiting for her shift to end. Food runners had to step up and do her job. For the price level of this restaurant, this should not be allowed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Delicious Mexican food and drinks! Fantastic atmosphere - clean lines, beautiful painting behind the bar, cozy and modern, totally loved it! I would highly recommend it, we can't wait to come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Food and Atmosphere was Great but it is extremely expensive for the food. $21 for 3 small tacos (Skirt Steak)/$7. The fish tacos were deeliciouso but at $18 for 3 small tacos. $3 for a smaller than shot glass of salsa no refill... Yikes. Either increase your portion sizes or reduce your prices.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Spicy, Healthy, Authentic, Organic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

A consistently excellent spot for inventive and terrific tacos along with great tequila and mezcal cocktails. The wide selection of salsas to go with the chips has great taste and variety. Everything our group had was very good but the taco highlights were the lamb barbacoa, duck carnitas and Brussels sprouts. We tried a number of cocktails and the 'pink grapefruit' mezcal one was the table's top pick. Alex Stupak continues to deliver. Looking forward to trying the new place at Madison & 53rd.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Always great food and service. Drinks are fab. Guac is the best

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

I am always happy when out to eat here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Food is good if you like eating in a rock club. Seems a confusion of genres to us.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

I just celebrated my bday with 8 friends this past Tuesday. The service was amazing, food delicious and vibe great! Can't wait to come back soon! Thank you!

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Really tasty tacos. A little pricey but everything was yummy. The group said the drinks weren't very strong but did day they were delicious. We will be back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

terrific brunch, food is always interesting and immaculately made and presented

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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