Empellon Midtown

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$50 and over
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Contemporary Mexican
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
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 821 People Are Saying
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CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just be aware that it is a pricey restaurant for entrees. The guacamole appetizer is $21.00 which I think is a lot! The tacos were very interesting besides being delicious. Wine was very good and our server was outstanding.
Overall it was a very nice experience.

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i
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

corporate restaurant - not great for a friends/family type of event. food OK, but not worth the price. was not impressed...

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c
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Decent food, nothing special. The cocktails are great. Desserts are not.

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the presentation, ambiance and tastes. Great creative combinations on the lunch menu

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Don’t get the halibut it’s not worth it but definitely try the pastrami tacos and the beef tartare queso

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Empellon for dinner has always put on an exotic performance for out of town guests. But lunch was disappointing. The fish tacos were completely uninspired: in taste and presentation. I was even left hungry afterwards, not a good sign. I've seen more passionate trimmings and condiments from a food truck.

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DQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was very good. She helped us navigate the menu so we did not order too much or too little, the food was excellent!

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, but terrible food. We tried 8 dishes and 5 were not worth eating. They are trying too hard to be different and it just doesn't work. The guacamole and desserts were fine.

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OT
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous and delicious!
My go to midtown lunch spot!

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service and vibe. Loved the pastrami tacos.

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DK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Quite loud for a lunch spot. Appetizers and sides were good. Mains were solid, not remarkable in taste/flavor. Cocktails were great.

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F
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect lunch spot with great service and food. Highly recommended

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R
New York Area
184 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Top of the line - outstanding food 😉

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T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is a amazing, cocktails delicious and service outstanding.

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KW
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Relaxed fine dining experience, with friendly staff and a Smokey flavored menu. Family friendly.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

I’ve eaten here half a dozen times and generally really liked it. This particular experience was really bad. The service was terrible - indifferent at best. The new menu is really limited. No chicken, and the one fish entre was mushy and tasteless. The only good things remain the guacamole and the margaritas. If this place doesn’t improve and stick to its roots, I’m going to take it off my list for work and social gatherings.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Nice ambience, though despite booking well ahead , we had the worst seat and were told thats all they had- not true
Very limited choice for vegetarians. Whatever we had was well above average mexican restaurants. They need to take the Hash brown taco off the menu !!! Awwful hash brown taco , and if one has to eat that we could go to Mac Donalds

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AT
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The drinks were good and the guac was amazing, but everything else was mediocre. The desserts looked very cool but tasted okay.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was pretty good, but even though we indicated that this was a special occasion, there was no acknowledgement of the occasion. The service was fine although a little spotty between courses.

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious traditional Mexican city fare with delightful twists, we hope to return

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MS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Ridiculously overpriced, poor service, food good but not great if you like bastardized Mexican food

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great lunch spot - prefix menu had a variety of options to choose from. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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SB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 1

Food is delicious and I go here often for business lunches. This was for dinner and it is quite a hopping bar scene also apparently! The hostess was SO rude and snotty that I may not come back again. I have never been treated so rudely in a restaurant in my entire life. She acted like a bratty teenager who wasn’t getting her way. I took a picture and was going to put it on Instagram but did not. But I will say the food and cucumber margarita were fantastic.

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TC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Pretty loud. Good food but expensive. The avocado dessert was so good and is why I went here.

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PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants, hands down! I often host a dinner for my project team and this is definitely one of my preferred go-to spots!

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C
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time here after reading it was recommended by the Washington Post restaurant critic, Tom Sietsema. We had reservations at 1145 and it quickly filled up with a lunch crowd. We had the three course Prix Fixe for $38 and it was just enough delicious food. First course was a Duck Tamal and a cup of Tortilla Soup, perfect for a cold rainy day. Next came the Fish Tacos and a Chicken dish you could wrap in butter lettuce leaves. Dessert was an ice cream sandwich and a Citrus Flan, both were creamy and just the right amount of sweet! Highly recommended for the creative cuisine, every bite was just perfect!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and drinks were good all servers were nice

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DA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Server was more interested in pushing menu items/ courses than our dining experience.

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LI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Drinks good. Food was excellent — high quality and fresh. Had a front row seat to the open kitchen. Saw some really nice dishes prepared. They seemed well organized and calm. Will be back to try more!

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Appetizers were good but the rest of the food was average to bad. It is extremely noisy and getting the attention of staff was a challenge. Will not be going back.

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LM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and prompt service. Nice addition to midtown and a change of pace from the usual stuff.

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LM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very tasty, specially priced Cinco di Mayo menu and very accommodating of our party with a stroller and an elderly man. Also fun and friendly great service.

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S
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Found this upscale Mexican restaurant to spend a Cinco de Mayo lunch with friends. Food and food presentation were phenomenal. Would go back tomorrow. Host was a bit rude but our waiter Ivan made up for it! Atmosphere is very contemporary and bar is cool. Not a cozy place if that is what you are looking for, but if want amazing food in a posh place- this is it!

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V
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE - the avocado dessert is a work of art and the staff were beyond friendly! Would definitely go back again and again!

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PP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very loud. Food quality was good but not great. Was hoping for an excellent experience, but received an average experience.

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality food, excellent service. I will definitely come back!

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OT
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great midtown lunch spot for a casual, and delicious business meeting.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having gone here a few times now.......this was a walk by spot daily via my work commute, and I must say walking by in the summer shortly after they opened seemed to be the "it" spot (after a proper mental note to check them out..... I just never got around to it).

Well fast forward to brief convo with a fellow foodie and professional (ie cocktail connoisseur), this was adjusted on the list of tries......Stellar decision!!!!! From the walk-in to seating..... I was sold!!! Our server don't recall her name (young black woman) was amazing in all of her suggestions from cocktails to entrees.

This my 3rd or 4th visit..... But only my 2nd for full dinner participation.
Consistent yummy eats and continued stellar service as well.

Some eats I didn't get pics for since I have posted them before (not here though). Continued fan and will always visit.

Starters

CLEMENTINE SALAD with Queso Fresco

OCTOPUS with Celery and Salsa Verde

Mocktail

GUAVA GREEN TEA Green Tea, Guava, Honey, Lime

Cocktails

LIVING STILL LIFE Leopold NY Apple Whiskey, Sherry, Egg White, Lemon, Basque Cider, Walnut

Mains/Sides

SKIRT STEAK with Persian Onion Salad

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS with Avola Almendrado

Desserts

AVOCADO with Lime, Olive Oil, Eucalyptus Yogurt

PINEAPPLE with Piloncillo, Bee Pollen, Chamomile Ice Cream

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AO
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food, lovely space and great service. We particularly enjoyed the skirt steak, sea bream and guacomole appetizer.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Totally overpriced and Worst margarita, terrible guacamole and disastrous menu selection. My guest could not even drink the expresso it was so bitter. Never to return.

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