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Empellon Taqueria

1350 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday - Saturday 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Saturday & Sunday 11:45 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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Public transit
A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.
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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 1350 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Always a pleasure--terrific service and delicious, inventive food, with enough menu changes to keep it interesting every time.

Eric (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We came for the special five-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu, which was amazing. Started with delicious guac and chips, then a sea scallop ceviche with lime curd, followed by celery root with salsa macha, then red and green chorizo in a shallow skillet on top of melted cheese. Here's where we ran into trouble. Having cleaned every previous plate, we were getting full. But the next course was two tacos, and we could each finish only one. So we took the last pair home with us, leaving room for the yummy chocolate custard with flor de cacao crema we had for dessert.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Lovely experience! Wish they had a more interesting dessert menu though

vipAlsteinnj (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined 7 days ago

This was my third time at Empellon. It will be my last. The restaurant was not crowded on Sunday evening. It took over two hours for them to bring a three course meal. Our server disappeared after taking our order. Food was good but pricey. Inexcusable service at a restaurant this pricey.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I love this place. Best tacos, great cocktails. This is the third or fourth time I've been here and every time I go it's great.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Fantastic experience. Bought his cook book a while back and made plans to eat here when we flew in from North Carolina. Can not wait to be back!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing! One of my TOP 10 favorites in NYC. Chef Alex Stupak's menu is amazing, and his attention to details and ingredients are superb!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It’s a very stylish place with creative interior and fantastic service. Local gem

4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Staff were amazing-courteous and friendly. Food was delish. Loved the salad with Caesar dressing and fried corn

Solange (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

As usual, great food and drink!
We come at least twice a year when in town for gift show!
This time, it was Restaurant Week, so a great deal to boot!
Fun, knowledgeable, personable, and now-famous bartender-Dillon-completed the evening!
Favorites=fish tacos, chili rellenos tacos, Brussels sprout tacos, guacamole and chips, always get the taco special of day too! Margaritas are good but I prefer a martini and Dillon makes a great gin martini, served in the correct glass!

vipMichael (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Went for dinner during Restaurant Week. I had the best ceviche I've ever tasted, delicate with a good balance of flavors rather than the very acidic ones I've tried elsewhere. The main course was 3 tacos (of course) but I wasn't left hungry at all, the portions were sizable. The restaurant wasn't too noisy even when full. I was happy with what I tried.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Came here during restaurant week with a friend. Spicy margarita was fantastic. Guac was great. The cauliflower app was bland (it was chopped cold over a sauce) and the ceviche was good. The tacos were ehh and we each only took one bite of dessert because it was no bueno. Left hungry and with a mind set of "what did we just pay for?".

vipJann (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Restaurant Week Brunch. Margaritas @ $14 were very good. Favorites were golden beets appetizer. Best chips ever with interesting cashew salsa. Fish tempura tacos were crunchy, light& refreshing. Desserts were weakest part of meal.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was amazing and the tacos may be the best in the city

vipMrsY (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Tacos was very nice, but it takes too long time between dish and dish.
It took more than 2 hours to have lunch from 12:30.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been here multiple times before, always with excellent food. However, this time it was disappointing. The daily special goat tacos were very tough and dry. The lamb and the fish tempura tacos were so so. Perhaps we did not order well. The guacamole and 7 sauces was very good. On the other hand, the server was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Delicious & trendy tacos. Awesome drinks. Super nice server. Very crowded, definitely need a reservation! Pretty loud so I wouldn’t recommend as a first date spot!

danw (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was interesting, a little different than the usual tacos, gut much too salty.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The appetizers were amazing, the tacos fell short. But our server Jennifer E was AMAZING. Maybe the best server I've had in NYC. So thorough and really truly knew her stuff. Poised, professional, and friendly. I was incredibly impressed. Excellent Mezcal selection, and very decent cocktails. I will definitely be back for a multitude of reasons, but I really just want to give a huge shout out to Jen.

Tequila (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The $5 taco specials are nightly, and delicious! Sensational drinks and service.