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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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 1:30PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 9:45PM
Excellent margaritas and creative menu. Large portions and some sharing is good. Deserts were over the top and made the final tastes hard to forget. Kristen and Gerc were great manager servers too.
The food was awful. I don’t mind paying for good food but it was terrible. Everyone was disappointed
Our wait staff was attentive, the food came out at the right pace, and the prix fixe menu at lunch had great options and was reasonably priced for a nice business lunch.
Empellon was super! We've been meaning to visit and the wait was well worth it. We were graciously welcomed and then intelligently and perceptively supported during our decision-making on our lunch. Service was great and leisurely. We had some questions about tortilla-making and our server most kindly and thoroughly explained Empellon's practice, and even wrote down the type of corn meal that's best. Our prix-fixe lunch provided fine value and an extraordinary taste treat. Thanks so much for a lovely experience.
The food was excellent! Service was jovial, nice and unpretentious. Value is what struck me the most. Will definitely go back!
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.
Fabulous tacos and margaritas.
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!
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
Food is fantastic and the presentation makes it look even more appealing!
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.
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!
If you don’t mind the noise, the food is terrific. Don’t miss the seven salsas and guacamole— it is fabulous.
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!
Love Empellon but it was a bit loud when we were there (6:45pm on a Thursday night)
Elegant, interesting flavors, light and healthy, small portions, attentive and efficient service. Lunch menu felt a bit limited. Not for everyone. Expensive.
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.
Food is delicious and service is stellar. It is a bit loud during the lunch hour but manageable.
Good food, service was a bit slow but everyone made us feel comfortable.
Exquisite food. Great service. Can’t wait to come back
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!
Impeccable service and amazing food
The staff could not be nicer or more attentive, and the food is exceptional.
Absolutely amazing food, great vibes
Food and service were outstanding. Nice ambience.
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
Food was not good, menu had no options
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.
Exceptional service and excellent food. Ambience was upscale but pleasantly casual. Great date and group dinner spot.
Food and service was outstanding
Already planning to come back again
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!
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.
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
Food was good but service was slow and inattentive.
This was our second visit to Empellon and we were extremely pleased both times. We'll be back.
Excellent for work lunch. Service was prompt. Food is excellent, particularly the 3-course prix fixe menu.
Everything was amazing! Staff is wonderful! Food was excellent
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
a very good option in midtown if you want some Mexican leaning food.
The Octopus tacos were really good.