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.
What Insiders Are Saying
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.
Duck tacos were awesome! Service was fabulous and our server remembered the details!
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.
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!
Across the board, a great experience! The GM (Andrew) knows his craft. It’s a delight to encounter a well managed place.
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.
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.
Very nice tacos! A bit overpriced for the portions. The quality is very good though
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. :(
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.
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.
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!🌞🌺
Excellent carnitas, roast chicken, guacamole, and tacos. Highly recommended!
Food here is so good and so grateful that they have vegan options and the server was very accommodating
It was a bad experience, maybe they were having an off day... but I am definitely not coming back.
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.
Haven't been here for over a year... it has lost it's food edge although the drinks are always good.
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.
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!
Always a great experience. Food and drinks are perfect!
Food and service were great. A perfect place to eat before some music in the neighborhood.
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.
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
It was very good though service could have been a tiny bit more attentive
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.
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.
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.
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!
Everything was excellent but please bring the prawns back to your menu.
Guac with 7 salsas were great as was the brussel sprouts taco. Will definitely be back.
COOL VIBE, GOOD DRINKS AND FOOD - GET THE CHICKEN AND THE GAUC!!
We love Empellón! The food is amazing and they always take great care of us. Omar is amazing!
I think their menu has been updated and it’s very good, we had a very nice brunch here
Loved it! Food and drinks were fun and fabulous. Definitely will go back!
The food, service and atmosphere were each top notch. Highly recommend.
But it is quite noisy, it is not a place to have a conversation
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.
Amazing and very accommodating to food allergy!!
Time is a special occasion
Great friendly staff. Very accommodating. Food great.