Empellon Midtown

4.5
751 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 spirits. All of our beverages have been designed to pair with our cuisine.
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent! Service was jovial, nice and unpretentious. Value is what struck me the most. Will definitely go back!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

good food and service, vibrant atmosphere, went there on Thursday night for a business dinner, the place was packed as a watering hole for mid town offices, a bit too noisy but tolerable, will go again perhaps on weekend.

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MW
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tacos and margaritas.

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KF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding! We are from out of town and eat at Empellon every time we travel to NYC! We will certainly return to Empellon on our next visit!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably amazing! I took a new friend there to celebrate the closing of her deal! She wisely asked the server to guide us through the menu and I couldn’t have asked for better. Multi-dimensional flavors, delicious pairings, incredible everything! I highly recommend

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F
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic and the presentation makes it look even more appealing!

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C
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting to see Empellon still firing on all cylinders with classic dishes still on the menu and some wonderful new additions. Service remains expert and the restaurant just beautifully run on every level. Food, as ever, is incredible.

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e
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are originally from Texas and have wanted to try Empellon for a while. I agree with other reviewers that it is a bit pricey, however everything we had was really good! The guacamole with 7 salsas is pricey at $22 but it was more than enough for the two of us . We also had the fish tacos and at the suggestion of our server the short rib with picadillo. We were so full (and we are eaters) that we took half the short rib dish home and made a great omelette with it the next morning. The service was friendly and fast. We were there on the early side on a Friday night and sat in the front window so the noise level was pretty tolerable; however I can envision it getting loud as the night progressed. Overall we had a great experience and will definitely go back!

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KB
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

If you don’t mind the noise, the food is terrific. Don’t miss the seven salsas and guacamole— it is fabulous.

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E
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive cuisine with a Mexican flair and very attentive and responsive waitstaff made this a great choice for a pre-theatre dinner, avoiding the hurly burly of the Broadway dining circus. The way they do their guacamole appetizer with a variety of salsas should be replicated by other restaurants, it is SO good!

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MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Love Empellon but it was a bit loud when we were there (6:45pm on a Thursday night)

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OT
Edinburgh
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Elegant, interesting flavors, light and healthy, small portions, attentive and efficient service. Lunch menu felt a bit limited. Not for everyone. Expensive.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation and still needed to wait 20 mins to be seated. My reservation requests were not taken into consideration, I was seated next to a crowded bar with no privacy and restaurant staff didn’t even help my date get into her table. No thank you for my first date impression. Please note I did call the day of reservation and the day I made the reservation.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious and service is stellar. It is a bit loud during the lunch hour but manageable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, service was a bit slow but everyone made us feel comfortable.

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IG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food. Great service. Can’t wait to come back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for a friend. Party of 9 relatively last minute. They customized a menu for us and even catered to the allergies in our party. Outstanding service and amazing food. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and amazing food

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff could not be nicer or more attentive, and the food is exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, great vibes

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VF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. Nice ambience.

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VC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Came here for Valentines day dinner.. Overall a decent place... impeccable interior design.. very modern with a beautiful upstairs area... BUT I cant get over the ridiculously chewy skirt steak .. I couldnt even bite into it I had to swallow the pieces I cut whole

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TERRIFIC.........................................!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was not good, menu had no options

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated about 5 mins upon arrival. It took almost 15 minutes to get water and drink orders. We actually had to call someone over to take drink orders. They appeared to be disorganized or understaffed

We finally ordered ordered almost 40 mins after being seated and not because we were undecided. It just took a long time.

It appeared that the front of the house manager was our server as he was the person who did almost everything for our table.

Food was very good however very pricey even for NYC. Drinks equally pricey even for NYC. $17 for a small tumbler glass.

Wine we ordered (a bottle) was not available due to a typo on menu. Manager brought a similar wine which was very good. Accolades the mistake by adding an additional bottle at no charge.

They also brought dessert platter to share at no charge. Thank you for that.

We only ordered small plates which were very good however for our party of 8, small plates, one round of margaritas (4 cocktails) and one bottle of wine the bill was almost $500.

Atmosphere was good but it seemed very disorganized.

Not sure if we will return.

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EZ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and excellent food. Ambience was upscale but pleasantly casual. Great date and group dinner spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding
Already planning to come back again

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ME
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and staff. Really fun date night and Adriano was great - he had great suggestions and everything we tried was amazing. Definitely recommend!

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and the service! Had fun tasting the 7 salsas with the guac. The food was tasty and unique. They waiters were awesome! They refilled our chips and some of the salsa's that we liked the most. Everyone loved the food - we had the tacos: Hash Browns, Pastrami, Falafel and Fish. Loved the brussel sprouts. Would go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is awesome. The food is inventive and EXTREMELY flavorful and delicious. The wait staff knocks it out of the park! ADRIANO - our waiter - was fun, attentive and went out of his way to make sure we were happy with our menu selections, our table and our service. For this, Adriano - Lorraine, Nancy and Pam blow you a kiss! You were the icing on a fantastic restaurant experience. xoxo

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but service was slow and inattentive.

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AP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Empellon and we were extremely pleased both times. We'll be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent for work lunch. Service was prompt. Food is excellent, particularly the 3-course prix fixe menu.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Staff is wonderful! Food was excellent

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NH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I didnt like tacos at all. As a mexican restaurant it s better they have more selection of food. Guacamole was ok. It is ok to me because i like tomatoes in guacamole but they didnt add.
The hostess guy was a total mess. I tried to hang my jacket and i didnt see anyone around who ll be able to help me, so i tried to do it by myself, so hostess literally run to me and said “OMG you cannot go there! It is not allowed ! “ like i was person from street not a guest in a restaurant. But luckily we had a very good and attentive waitress!
But it s not the place that i will recommend to my friends or go there again.
P.S cocktails are really good

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

a very good option in midtown if you want some Mexican leaning food.
The Octopus tacos were really good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good meal & drinks - service ok but slightly variable

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EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazzzing! I'm still thinking about my dinner. The fish tacos were the best I've ever had and the guac was awesome.

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The service was very spotty we had to wait for the coat check
The waiter was supper nice when he was available but we had a long time for him to be available
The food was nothing special

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IG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food ambiance and overall dining experience. The cuisine was creative and cooked to perfection

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