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Empellon Taqueria, New York, NY

Empellon Taqueria

4.4
4.4
1638 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Empellón Taqueria is local, Mexican inspired restaurant and bar from Chef Alex Stupak, located in the heart of the West Village.

Our menu focusses on tacos, ceviche, queso fundidos and seasonal vegetable dishes.

We use fresh masa to make our corn tortillas daily, (they’re gluten free).

Our drink menu focuses on margaritas and cocktails crafted from artisanal Mexican spirits. Beer and wine is also available, with happy hour specials served at our Sunday – Friday, including late night.

We serve dinner 7 nights a week, brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon, and offer a Sunday evening prix fixe. Takeout and delivery are also available via Seamless, GrubHub or Caviar.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 367-0999
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Alex Stupak
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Chris Field: (212) 367-0999
  • Neighborhood
    West Village
  • Cross street
    W 10th St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.
  • Entertainment
    An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,638 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 2.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

1,639 Reviews
  1. WAK2013

    New York City

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Consistently wonderful and creative Mexican cuisine presented in a lively "scene". Empellon and Buvette are my go to West Village restaurants.

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  2. Foodie100

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had made reservations for my visiting friend’s birthday a week in advance. I confirmed when I got a confirmation text. We showed up on time and host said it would be a few minutes for our table. 25 minutes later he tried to seat us at the communal high top table. I told him I reserved a table and it was a birthday. He, Aaron, was unapologetic explaining some bigger parties had come in so we would need to be seated at communal table. I was surprised how bossy and unapologetic he was about the situation. He said we could be put on the walk in wait list if we wanted a table! He was extremely rude. We left mad without eating so he cancelled my reservation so I couldn’t leave a review. We went back the next afternoon because I do love the food and I’ve enjoyed this neighborhood restaurant for years. Again, the hostess was not welcoming but the waitress and waitress staff were wonderful as were the food and cocktails. Not a place with a warm welcoming hospitality/host staff.

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  3. Loves2EatandDrink

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Spouse and I had a fun and delicious dinner here, we enjoyed the queso fundido with shishito peppers and mezcal margaritas. The lobster tacos were our clear favorite over the duck tacos. But the revelation of the night was the Kishu mandarins dessert, the ice bar that breaks open and spills out tequila toffee was a delight!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Forever and always my fave place for tacos and margaritas ♥︎

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  5. drovic

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Only one high chair for the whole restaurant, slow service, much narrower menu than it used to. Got an expired beer that took forever. Felt like it expired on the way. To top things off we forgot our baby’s water bottle and they were nice to call back and tell us, only to find out that five days later they ‘had cleared the lost and found’ and thrown it away. Thanks and goodbye empellón

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  6. concertcrazii29

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding! The steak & fish tacos were delicious.

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  7. WAK2013

    New York City

    162 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The brussel sprout and scallop tacos were excellent and creative - texture, layers of flavor. This is my go to eatery before Jazz in the Village.

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  8. JennaW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks and sat next to a famous person!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious guacamole and tacos! Was easily able to get a Saturday night reservation for 4. Great for a night out with friends.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommended this restaurant

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  11. Foodeeeee

    New York City

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    If you are looking for a place to have a conversation and/or a nice relaxing dinner, this is not the place to go. It was so loud in there that my sister (who I dined with) and I had to yell in order to hear each other. The restaurant had a lot of empty tables as it was early in the evening but they put us all in the front of the restaurant I guess they think that if the restaurant looks packed it will attract people to come in. They should consider the comfort of their existing customers and not cram a bunch of people in one small area I am NOT going to this location again. Their other locations are better

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  12. DavidS

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Remarkably delicious food. Fine service.

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  13. scknyc11

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is pretty good but feels expensive for what you get

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  14. Silky2

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quality food - guacamole, fish tacos, cashew salsa are stand outs. Friendly service.

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  15. CharlotteC

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a group meal here sharing the delicious food and enjoying the margaritas and beer selection on offer. Service was very good - we were seated in our preferred area, the waitress spoke through the menu clearly and provided her recommendations too (the brussel sprout taco was different and tasty!) and we were looked after well. The atmosphere was busy, with the tall and lower tables providing a bustling feeling in the room. It was expensive for tacos and margaritas - but they were very good!

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  16. Vincent1965

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place , great food with very kind service . Nice place we recommend

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  17. MissKlein

    Montreal

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Empellon Taqueria was a nice discovery for us. The guacamole is a must have along with the cocktails. Tacos are excellent and at a reasonable price. Thank you for a great evening.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! We were very impressed by Empellón Taqueria. Very warm welcome, pretty ambiance, attentive staff and best of all delicious food and beverages. We shared the guacamole and queso fundito with shishito peppers to start. Served with crisp chips and warm corn tortillas both were delicious. Then we shared the carnitas and fish tacos. Carnitas were nicely caramelized and the fish tacos were crispy and flavorful. Their sauces were also delicious. You get several different types with the carnitas along with a platter of thinly sliced onions and cilantro. We didn’t try desserts but I’d imagine they would have been fantastic. Also the neighborhood where the restaurant is located is a great place to wander around and take in some classic nyc moments. Highly recommend!

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  19. AislingT

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really tast

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  20. foodie23

    New York City

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food! A little noisy but a fun place. Terrific guacamole & steak tacos.

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  21. ScottP

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So damn good!

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  22. PamC

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food and service. Great find and will be back again!

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  23. RossH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Empellon Taqueria was amazing! Service was excellent.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Called ahead to ask if a picky eater could be accommodated by making a cheese quesadilla or chesse tacos. Was assured this was possible. When sitting down for dinner, was told it was not possible. Ordered the Sweet potato flautas and asked for no onions due to an allergy, they said that was no problem. Took the first bite and they were filled with onions. Waitress then said she forgot they were filled with onions and was impossible to make it without onions because everything is pre made, ew. Also, the margaritas were very underwhelming for the price.

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  25. MarcelaC

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been going to Empellón since the beginning, this place continues to deliver excellent service and food.

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  26. BrooklynRebecca

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I used to love Empellon Taqueria's food, but I hadn't been in a couple of years and it has really gone down hill. The service and wine were both very good, but the food was bland and poorly balanced. A small bowl of guacamole was $17 and consisted of mashed avocado with insufficient acid and salt liberally sprinkled with chopped raw jalapeno peppers that were not properly integrated into the dish. The beet tartare dish was overwhelmed by large chunks of undercooked potato. The Lamb Barbocoa and Brussels Sprouts tacos were tasty, but needed salt (and it took me 15 minutes to get salt). The chicken taco with black kale was really awful; the chicken was mushy and tasteless, and the kale was overcooked and tasteless. I won't be going back.

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  27. Izzy

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Would never come back. So so over priced. The menu is deceiving because you think food is included but it’s not. You barely get anything for your money. First time and last time I eat here.

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  28. SushiP

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere , great service and delicious food . Great for dinner and brunch

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    These are fantastic tacos. We were aiming at happy hour when the tacos are about $5 each instead of $16 or so for two. We didn't realize we would be sitting at high top, long higher table down the center, in order to have the happy hour tacos. But they were all very good. We all loved the skirt steak, the fish tempura was good, although there is a lot of the fried part, my husband liked the duck. My husband had been there before, loved the tacos and wanted to go back with our kids.

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  30. elhaynie

    New York City

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a very fun place. Best of the Empellón’s.

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  31. ChristianB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the waiters is always trying to push food down your throat and it’s very annoying. It’s my 4th time there and he is always the same.... if I want to eat more I will ask for mote. He is blonde.

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  32. postermom

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food came out cold - every taco filling was cold. No one came by immediately after the food was dropped to ask how the food was, so we ate it anyway. Tasted OK, but I imagine it would have been better hot.

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  33. nycmark

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The carnitas are spectacular — worth a visit for that alone.

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  34. J2PHg

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful date spot in the West Village, with innovative and subtle flavors in an impressive range of tacos and other options. Dessert is a must.

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  35. GregM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We were seated at a long communal table with no space or separation in between seats. People were on top of eachother, very tough to hear and not at all an intimate atmosphere.

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  36. Richmonders

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had an outstanding meal and a perfectly attentive server. Loved my meal.

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  37. TBW19

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, tasty food and well mixed cocktails

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  38. Truewords

    New York City

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Pretty pricey, but flavorful. Service was very good. Have the pastrami taco!

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  39. Viol

    Milan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was great, just felt a little pressured by the waiters to rush with our night!

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  40. LisaD

    New York City

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere is very nice here and the service is attentive but the food is good, not great.

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Empellon Taqueria is rated 4.4 stars by 1638 OpenTable diners.

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230 West 4th, New York, NY 10014

Additional information

  • Cross street
    W 10th St
  • Neighborhood
    West Village
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    A,B,C,D,E,F,M Train to W4th. 1 Train to Christopher Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alex Stupak
  • Entertainment
    An eclectic mix of background music, selected to enhance a fun and energetic dining experience.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 367-0999
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Chris Field: (212) 367-0999
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