Empellon Taqueria

4.6
1602 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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Empellón Taqueria is located in the heart of the west village on the corner of West 4th Street and 10th Street.

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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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

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.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 1602 People Are Saying
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K
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Duck tacos were awesome! Service was fabulous and our server remembered the details!

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MN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The fish and oyster tacos were good - perfect batter but needed more flavor in the taco. Please bring back the lobster taco. The cashew dip is still fantastic. Love the spicy cucumber margarita but need a little more tequila.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

found the cashew salsa heavy handed with the smoked paprika; chicken was dry and kale salad lacked zest. Pork dish saved the experience, along with the server’s attentiveness!

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Across the board, a great experience! The GM (Andrew) knows his craft. It’s a delight to encounter a well managed place.

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KL
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Incredible food & great service....in NYC? Yep! Menu choices were super interesting with an unusual and tasty twist on Mexican cuisine. Cocktails were awesome. Definitely will be going back.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Misleading happy hour pricing is advertised in general terms but when you get there it’s only for seating at the bar. Tacos are good but expensive.

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CK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice tacos! A bit overpriced for the portions. The quality is very good though

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was delicious. Cocktails were also good. Our server was horrible. Completely inattentive & rarely saw her. We left the restaurant more focused on the bad service than on the delicious fish tacos...some of the best I’ve had. :(

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KP
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Their bottomless brunch was I thought $30, but ended up being $60. It didn't say Extra $30 for drinks, so I had assumed it was $30 for the whole thing bc who would charge $30 just for a small portion of guac, 2 thimbles of sauce and 3 small tacos. Well apparently this restaurant does. The tacos were nothing special, the guac was fine. I would recommend going back only to the bar to get the cucumber margaritas. Otherwise the street corner taco trucks are way better.

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FA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We ordered the lamb barbacoa tacos and the breakfast tacos with chorizo from the prix fixe menu for Cinco de Mayo. Both lacked flavor (especially the lamb). Staff was friendly and helpful, though.

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DA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In one of my many traveled roads, as a company manager for international dance companies, I have toured, and on vacation have visited extensively throughout Mexico and highly enjoyed its rich cuisine. Empellon Taqueria’s chef and founder, Alex Stupak, has extracted the very best of Mexican cuisine’s nuanced variety and given it a highly creative twist that reinvents the genre. And, thank you, Andrew for your kind hospitality. Empellon Taqueria makes other “trendy” South if the Boarder watering holes look like roadside stands. Do not put it off for manana; fiesta today!🌞🌺

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FM
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent carnitas, roast chicken, guacamole, and tacos. Highly recommended!

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food here is so good and so grateful that they have vegan options and the server was very accommodating

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r
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

It was a bad experience, maybe they were having an off day... but I am definitely not coming back.

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BM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Significant drop in food quality and presentation over the last 24 months. A huge disappointment in this now faded, one-time crown jewel from Empellon.

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B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Haven't been here for over a year... it has lost it's food edge although the drinks are always good.

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RS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the dishes we had were delicious, most notably the Brussels sprouts taco! Love the bloody Mary with tequila. Will definitely consider a report visit.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the margaritas to their 7 signature salsas to the carnitas - every bite was perfection! The service was excellent as well and the space has a cool, relaxed vibe. We'll be back!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a great experience. Food and drinks are perfect!

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a
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were great. A perfect place to eat before some music in the neighborhood.

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n
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had period. Some of the best food I’ve eaten. Service was awesome. Brought a free dessert and candle for my wife’s bday. Telling everyone to go and will return ASAP. Get the pastrami tacos.

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food!!

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Jammed into a loud space. $10 tacos that are good but can get the same or better for way cheaper. $26 guacamole that was so so. So loud and cramped not worth it. Overall there are plenty of better Mexican options

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

It was very good though service could have been a tiny bit more attentive
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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The wait staff were super friendly and knowledgeable, the best part of the experience. Sadly the food was wanting. While the menu looked adventurous and seemingly reaching into the current modern leanings of cultural foods such as this, the taste and execution just wasn’t there and underwhelming. And for the quality of the dishes to be the way they were, I didn’t feel the cost was justified, which was I thought on the high end. Great margaritas though, and nice location. Lastly, the noise level was deafening at best, we had to yell to talk amongst ourselves. I won’t be back nor recommend, sorry.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

RE: FOOD :Selection was awful.
Duck Taco's = Bland
Lamb Taco's = Too much heat (perhaps paprika). Good candidate dish for acid-reflux.

No starches offered as sides, like rice or even beans.

RE: Service : Waiter forgot my 2nd wine, although he did make up for it.

RE: Ambiance: Great place to go if you want to shout as a means of communication.

Overall, considering the money I spent there. It was a total disappointment.

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VT
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The tacos were quite bad, I'd go to the food truck on 7th ave any day over this. High prices, indifferent service, crowded and noisy. We won't come back.

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EP
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food!! Fun and tasty drinks. Our waiter was amazing and very knowledgeable of the menu and offerings. He made great recommendations. Can’t wait to go again!

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RK
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent but please bring the prawns back to your menu.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Guac with 7 salsas were great as was the brussel sprouts taco. Will definitely be back.

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DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

COOL VIBE, GOOD DRINKS AND FOOD - GET THE CHICKEN AND THE GAUC!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Empellón! The food is amazing and they always take great care of us. Omar is amazing!

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OT
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I think their menu has been updated and it’s very good, we had a very nice brunch here

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SM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Food and drinks were fun and fabulous. Definitely will go back!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were each top notch. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

But it is quite noisy, it is not a place to have a conversation

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 1

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing and very accommodating to food allergy!!

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JC
Amsterdam
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every
Time is a special occasion

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TW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great friendly staff. Very accommodating. Food great.

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