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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate with friends, family, or your significant other and enjoy a 5 course prix-fixe for $60.

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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

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Tapas (10)
Spicy (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
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Comfort Food (5)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Had the salsa, guoc and chips. The cashew salsa is to die for as is the lobster tacos. Everything we ate here was terrific!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We have been to Empellon three times for brunch, and it is fabulous. Especially love the smoked cashew crema and churro French Toast. Great, friendly service. We'll be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First of the all, the margaritas! Wow! The mezcal margarita with pink grapefruit was great. Our server, Jennifer(?), was super-friendly and efficient, taking great care of us on a busy Saturday night. Really enhanced our meal.

The tacos (goat barbacoa, duck carnitas, skirt steak) were all terrific. Avoid the steak if you like lean meat: it's full of fatty goodness.

Via OpenTable I asked them for something chocolate to with which to surprise my wife for dessert, and they came through with a delicious malted chocolate mousse. Perfect.

This is a great spot for dinner (though loud!) or to just sit at the bar and have drinks and tacos. We'll definitely go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food is absolutely amazing and the service matches the food. I can’t recommend this place enough. Absolutely one of the best restaurants in New York.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Love all, tje oysters taco was spectacular.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My wife and I went for New Year's Eve and had an amazing time. The tacos and drinks are excellent and the queso could not be beat. The staff was attentive and nice, they passed out hats and noise makers and Champagne at midnight. All around awesome time and can't wait to go back! Thanks Empellon!

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It would be nice if you could mix & match the tacos. This is the only taqueria I've ever been to where you have to order one type of taco for your dish if you don't want to eat more than three tacos.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very expensive but also top-notch - a great place for a high-end taco feast.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

$9 for a taco seems pretty high.. especially when you charge extra for beans and rice. Three tacos should not cost the same as a steak.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great ✅ experience great food , thanks!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Meh, uptown location is sooooo much better.

The entire table ordered the Sunday night prix fixe and nothing really stood out. The salad course included some delicious-sounding dishes, but would have been so much tastier if they'd been served warm. Cold roasted parsnips and delicate squash? Weird. I'd rather pay more for the guacamole and actually be given an adequate size portion. Literally enough dip for one to two chips per person (there was five of us). Margaritas were good though!

Wouldn't recommend the space for larger groups as we felt a little cramped near the restroom and it's hard to carry on a conversation with people at the opposite end of a long skinny table.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Chef and founder Alex Stupak has perfected the 2-3 tablespoons of ingredients on an open tortilla to make his fortune. At $7-9 per taco that equals $21-$27 per plate for 3 ($14-$18 for 2!) considering the number of plates a table of 4 usually orders to feel sated, adding just ONE round of drinks and EITHER one salad or one appetizer (but NOT both), you are easily looking at around $140 (for 2) including tax and tip that everyone has to pay.!!!! Don't forget we're talking tacos here not a steak dinner....and even for alleged "gourmet" tacos, that's just ridiculous.

FYI: They charge $3 for chips, by the way, because they are accompanied by fancy, gourmet dipping sauces. That's just being petty .

Should you feel inclined to add a second round of drinks or order 2 appetizers or two salads....now you're approaching $200+ or more for a party of 2 or $400+ for a party of 4!
This is getting insane.

And the worst part? Those ingredients used to be, emphasis on USED TO BE, really unique and delicious., i.e. Stupak's innovative interpretation of Mexican food, New York-style. Nowadays, it doesn't come close to that original model. So that's $140-$200 for uneven kitchen concoctions of what should be an excellent meal. And don't forget: just those measly 2-3 tablespoons of mixtures of duck, pork, chicken, "steak" per taco, and a fish tempura taco that is on par with Gorton's frozen fish sticks....that's 2-3 tablespoons of stewed or fried meat that includes the sauce, onions, veggies and flavorings that work only 50% of the time.

And with enough alcohol and good friends or family in attendance, we wash it all down and say "What a meal!"....except when it wasn't and hasn't been for a long, long time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

THE best Taqueria in the city! Tacos, guac, drunken beans AND the cucumber margarita!
And to top it they are a rare team who understand service! LOVED it and will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

outstanding in every way..a must...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Probably the best service we have ever experienced - SO nice, warm, prompt, legit friendly, patient. Oh, and DELICIOUS!!! Thank you, Empellon Taqueria! We can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Picked this place as it got good review on Yelp and Open Table (was asked to pick a place even tho I don’t live in the city). We had early reservation, but still got good service. DrInks good, had pear margarita. Guacamole and tacos tasty but over priced for what you get. I had sea bass tacos and they had wonderful flavor. Guacamole came with this smoky sauce that I had with chips and tacos, couldn’t stop eating it. Other than the price for what you get (not including any sides), I would come back because it all tasted good!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was delicious, especially the charred octopus appetizer. It was great to try all of the different salsas. The duck and lamb tacos were incredible.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Authentic, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Brussel sprout tacos loved by my wife. We both liked the duck and lamb tacos as well. Sauces for chips also great—smoked cashew, salsa verde. Margaritas terrific too. Could have wider choice of juices.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

2nd wedding anniversary.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Hopping place, but loud. Good food, close quarters, great service!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Among my highest compliments for any restaurant is that it is way better than it needs to be. The salsas, the straight-ahead Margaritas (ask for not too sweet), the corn tortillas made from corn imported from Oaxaca (yep, as it should be), the imagination, the refined balance in every dish—even if it were only half so good, it would still rank high on the list of places where you can get a more-than-good taco. But it's great, and one of my favorite restaurants of any kind in that food-lover's Paradise, downtown Manhattan.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great little cozy restaurant! Good food.. went on a friday night. It was packed.
Try the shrimp or lamb tacos. They were really good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Empellón has delicious tacos! I highly recommend it.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Ordinary food, careless - though friendly - service. Overall, very mediocre.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Tacos were wonderful and restaurant was able to accommodate member of our party with garlic allergy. Awesome margaritas also!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was really good and we enjoyed very much, until the desert destroyed everything. Probably we should only eat Tacos here.

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

This place does a good job at feeding its guests. We had a good meal here on this occasion

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

Waited almost 30 minutes for the table. Food was really good. Service is very slow and server forgot our drinks a couple of times. Manager took care of the desserts

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was amazing. The service was friendly and fast. I would totally recommend dining here.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Definitely worth a visit. Unique flavors. Everything was delicious from the original takes on margaritas to the tacos (we had conchita pibil - roast pork - which was tender and full of flavor. Also had the steak taco that was out of this world.) I regret not trying the sopes, but will definitely try it on my next visit. If you like salsa and chips, get the 7 salsas...they offer a wide range of flavors - mild to very spicy, smokey cashew, tomatillo, etc. Service was attentive, professional and helpful with suggestions.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The hostess was incredibly kind, understanding and accommodating - thought that the evening could have been less than ideal given that we almost lost our reservation, but she was kind enough to make it all work out perfectly!

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

This was my third or fourth time to Empellon and this time the quality of the food was very low. All tacos we had were dry (shrimp, duck, fish tempura). The shrimp almost tasted undercooked too. The guacamole was excellent and our server was great, but if I go out for (expensive) tacos and get something inedible, I’m not going to be back....

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Some of the dishes were very good but overall the place did not raise up to our expectations. We would give it another chance but would not recommend to a friend

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Busy night as we went on Halloween. Service was gracious but extremely slow. Felt like we were eating in a bar. Which is fine if that's what you are expecting. Chicken tacos were out of this world. The rest of the food was good but not remarkable.

Tags: Spicy, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Fabulous dinner on Halloween party night. We were welcomed and the service was great throughout the evening . The place was buzzing with bar environment at front and different layouts of bars and tables. At the back we were located at a nice corner table. The back room is nicely decorated and less loud with a range of tables accommodating groups of different sizes with plenty of space and comfort . Really enjoyed all the food which was original and well prepared with some superb tastes. Highly recommend and was very good value for money.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This was our first time here and we will definitely be coming back! The service was great and food was awesome. Highly recommended

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had such a great time at this restaurant. The food was full of flavour (don't leave without having tried the sea bass tacos!), the cocktails delicious, and the service really enthusiastic . Thank you for a great night!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice place, very lively in the front bar area, but has a quieter room in the back. Good food and friendly service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Some of the best tacos and salsas I've ever had. Try all of the salsas...just like their tacos, they are so complex, so delicious, and so different. Going just for the salsas is worth it. If you try to make them from the restaurants cook book, which I did, you'll probably give up because of how difficult they are to make and for how many unique ingredients they require. Gives you another type of appreciation for the work that goes into the food they serve, and they deliver. Excellent...

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always a great experience at Empellon. Very accommodating when we had a third show up and needed a bigger table.

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