Empellon Midtown

4.5
877 reviews
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Contemporary Mexican
Empellón is our flagship restaurant located in midtown east. Empellón serves contemporary American cuisine with Mexican influences and a distinct New York City point of view.

Chef Duncan Grant creates an ever changing menu that focuses on seasonality and keeping things fun amidst an upscale environment.

Our beverage program showcases a selection of wines by unique global producers with an emphasis on small production. Our cocktails focus on precision and the use artisanal Mexican spirits. All of our beverages have been designed to pair with our cuisine.

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Mon - Thu 2:00PM - 2:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri 2:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 10:00PM

What 877 People Are Saying
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New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time visiting Empellón Midtown and it was just as amazing as our first two visits! The food here is outstanding and the service was excellent as well! We were treated to several complimentary dishes from the kitchen which was a very nice surprise! The tacos here are delicious and the guacamole is out of this world! One of the true highlights is the smoked cashew salsa. Just, wow!! If you’ve never been to Empellón you are missing out on one of the best dining experiences in NYC. Get there! :)

PC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from the food, decore and service. I would recommend others to go as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was delicious. The staff was very attentive and helpful in selecting a delicious entree.
Great atmosphere.

WJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We had a great time during the birthday dinner. The food was awesome. The service was very attentive and caring. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tasty but overpriced

JM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option with the Prix Fixe. Service was fantastic and prompt. Would definitely take clients for lunch again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Very loud. Too loud. Great service. Good food.

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience all around. Service, food, quality, ambience - it was my first time, and I will certainly return!

l
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared the guacamole and the Wagyu beef fajitas, as well as each had one margarita. The Wagyu beef fajitas cost $22/ounce with a four ounce minimum. We shared 8 ounces. Between that and the guacamole, we were full. While very expensive, the Wagyu beef fajitas are well worth their price if you are a beef eater. My suggestion would be to undercook the beef. You can always put it back on the hot skillet to cook more. I highly recommend the beef fajitas. You will not be disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality dinner in a beautiful room

TP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious. 7 sauces to start, delicious tacos...Whatever you eat, don't miss the avocado dessert. it's heaven.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and interesting tacos. My favorite was the pastrami taco with sauerkraut and mustard seed salsa. The sleeper hit was the dessert. We tried both the avocado (lime flavored ice cream in the shape of an avocado) and the pineapple with bee pollen and chamomile ice cream. Great experience and I will definitely be returning!

GM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Desserts were terrible which leaves a bad impression in your mind at the end of the meal. Lunch menu was good but not not great considering the price.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent ! Good place for diner! However hostess make us wait 30 min to be seated with reservation and lot empty tables available on the dining floor She never mark on open table that we were there .

CI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The location tells you all you need to know about it, overpriced and everything that comes with it. The tacos were delicious but the appetizer flavors were all over the place. There are much better options.

KZ
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fun waitstaff, fun experience. Maybe a little more variety on the menu.

MM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. The tacos specially the chanterelles was very flavorful.

j
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food, however, the service was really not great which is unfortunate.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb and sophisticated Mexican cuisine delivered with very attentive service personel, including an amazingly knowledgeable table hostess. This is a Mexican restaurant on a par with the best French cuisine restaurants in New York. We went at 6PM on a Monday during Restaurant Week and it was packed with office workers, men in suits and women in dresses, who clearly had just left the office to have drinks. We were ushered upstairs to a table and placed our orders. Other than a noisy six person table seated next to us--which was neutralized by one of our guests moving to another place at our table--the whole ambience, service, and food were first rate and top drawer. Alas, this comes with "New York prices".

DS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We explained dietary restrictions to our server including the fact that spicy foods can cause a reaction. She seemed knowledgeable and guided us toward foods likely to be OK. She told us that the Guacamole with Seven Salsas should be OK because we could just avoid the spicy salsas.

However, the guacamole was served to us with sliced jalapeños on top. They could easily have been omitted. Unfortunately we did not notice the thinly sliced peppers until we had already eaten some of the guacamole, and at that point it was already too late. This ruined the rest of our meal and we had to leave prematurely.

RO
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very overpriced and small portions. The guacamole was delicious but costly

RD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Empellon is one of my favorite restaurants in Midtown. The food is always exceptional and the service is very pleasant and efficient. Ana, who helps me with my group events, is wonderful. It is definitely a well-managed restaurant. Their avocado dessert is a work of art!

FG
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT service and food. A unique take on tacos. I loved my pastrami tacos and my wife loved her fish tacos. The shrimp appetizers, both of us, were great and dessert; mine, the chocolate ice cream sandwich and my wife’s custard tart were outstanding.

FV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food but thought that it was overpriced

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

I was excited to eat at Empellon after reading some positive reviews. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the food... as I found it to be flavorless. The tacos had a very strong pungent taste. The fish taco was bland as was the cabbage salad. I love chocolate, however, this chocolate dessert had some strange and unappealing flavor added to it. The spicy cucumber margarita was the only thing I enjoyed. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. I'm sorry to say that I will not be returning.

MC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, will for sure come back.

JC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, decor and food. Everyone had a great time. Will definitely be back. The tacos and desserts were delicious.

PC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a delicious and fun experience!! Will go back and recommend for sure!!

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All delic it was a bday

J
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is beautifully plated and good.
Desserts are also very interesting.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Prix Fix was amazing.

JD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice margarita and mezcal selection. Food was good, not great. Very noisy, not able to hear what the waiter was saying the majority of the time.

JK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Guac - wayyy too salty, to accompany heavily salted chips.

Flatiron steak tacos - fat and gristle. undercooked soggy soft tortillas.

Very disappointed.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The noise level was terrible. Large party of ten roundly, loud ,drunk men . Appeared to be an office party. Should have separate room for such groups. As it is open space with open mezzanine balcony, everyone was inconvenienced. the location in the west Village was much more enjoyable.

a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excllent food test & service

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

While the wait staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and the building beautiful, the food overall was attractively presented but mediocre in quality and selection was weak. Most disturbing though was the rock-concert level noise level which prevented anyone not screaming to have a conversation, due to the loft-like nature of this two-story open restaurant. Can’t recommend.

D
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Guacamole and 7 salsas were awesome! The short ribs melted in your mouth. Very unique.

EM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great vibe, quieter if upstairs. Enjoy

R
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A lovely, tasteful large space with an inviting mezzanine. Clean and chic environment.
Nice staff. Not always easy to understand clearly (thick accents) some servers.
Interesting menu..could us a few more selections. The seven sauces were innovative and delicious....servings too small for a party of six.
Food a tad slow in coming. Prawn appetizer very skimpy and not worth the wait of price.
Soft shell tempura crabs were exquisite...a home run!
Music/ambient chatter a bit noisy up in the mezzanine....perhaps kill the recorded music upstairs and keep for the downstairs bar crowd and diners.
All in all a very nice experience. I will keep recommending for out of town guests. Keep the prices as low as possible.
Kudos to the staff and kitchen. The hostess is outstanding, always great to be greeted by her.

a
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dinner at Emellon, the guacamole and 7 sauce salsa’s are always a must. Enjoyed some new items not he menu which were stupendous and a reason we always return there, i.e. continue creativity with solid mainstays on the menu. And of course the drinks are top notch. If the cherries are on the menu, order them, they were a hit and only available when in season.

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