Empellón Cocina

Empellón Cocina

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
151 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • lobster
  • margaritas
  • mezcal
  • cocktails
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  • Jillian
    Jillian1 week ago
    Pistachio guac
  • heather d.
    heather doughertySeptember 9
    Been here 5+ times
    amazing happy hour - 2 for 1 fancy pants margies & $5 for a beer & taco!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaliwatAugust 21
    Kitchen Table menu from August 5, 2016 -- so delicious!
  • DishEnvy
    DishEnvyApril 28
    The tacos are great but don't miss out on the innovative vegetable dishes
  • Chad H.
    the 3-course tasting is the play: guac for the table, plus each person gets tacos, a small plate, and dessert. among the starters the squid is a standout, and don't ignore the cocktail menu!
  • J L.
    J LMarch 27
    Wonderful and inventive tasting menu at the chef's table.
  • Anuj G.
    Anuj GuptaMarch 12
    Happy hour $5 beer & a taco
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMarch 10
    Something you don't get to try often: squid with black mole & chorizo mayo. If you're getting a cocktail, the Winter is bomb (mezcal, alpine walnut, & bourbon "mist") and so is the Saffron.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda VinciFebruary 23
    Really interesting take on Mexican food... the pistachio guac and the chips are the best
  • st
    stFebruary 13
    the peacemaker is a hell of a drink
  • Nikhita M.
    Nikhita MahtaniJanuary 30
    Service isn't great but the food is yummy! I like the guac with the seven salsas, the poached egg and the fried rice.
  • Neel B.
    Neel BhargavaOctober 31, 2015
    Mediocre and overpriced. You can do much better in nyc.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay COctober 15, 2015
    Try the tacos - I reco the shrimp, fish or chicken. And, don't forget about the guacamole and salsa sampler to start! It's a must!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanOctober 4, 2015
    $5 beer and taco happy hour until 7 pm at the bar area.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "Many people have a misunderstanding of raw mushrooms, and yet this dish captures a unique complexity of earthiness and is worth getting again and again." Chef Colt Taylor Read more
  • Andy G.
    Andy GrossmanSeptember 27, 2015
    Tacos. Period.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinSeptember 19, 2015
    Skate tacos yes, goat tacos also yes but slightly less so. Guac. No 7 salsas
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MonctonSeptember 1, 2015
    Pistachio guac is amazing!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BennerAugust 23, 2015
    amazing Goat tacos, queso, guac and salsas!
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngAugust 14, 2015
    Big big fan. The chilaquiles are unique and tasty. Margs4evr.
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MajeedAugust 13, 2015
    Service was really good. Pistachio guac, and their spin on chilaquiles were both really good!
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJuly 18, 2015
    Be sure to order the 7 sauces with your guacamole dip so that you can use them with your dinner.
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerJune 25, 2015
    The food is good (especially the salsa) but the atmosphere is oh so pretentious and service meh. Wouldn't return
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LeiteJune 14, 2015
    Whatever Alex Stupak did, worked! There is quite a difference between this new restaurant and the old Empellon. Start with, choose a tartare, go to tacos but please have one of the fulfilling entrees.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMay 20, 2015
    Some nights you can get a taco and beer for $5. Do this three times in a row.
  • Jorge U.
    Jorge UrrutiaMay 17, 2015
    Spicy cucumber margarita, guac with 7 sauces and carnitas para dos. Bring back the lobster queso!
  • Justine
    JustineMarch 15, 2015
    Delicious margaritas!
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanMarch 8, 2015
    The pistachio gauc is maybe the best gauc I've ever had. The steak is awesome.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyMarch 5, 2015
    2015 James Beard nominee for Best Chef - Alex Stupak
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WardJanuary 30, 2015
    Restaurant-Week ;)
  • Carolyn
    CarolynJanuary 19, 2015
    Trendy Mexican. A bit over-priced but the food is good and inventive.
  • jiresell
    jiresellJanuary 11, 2015
    Great tacos and cocktails!
  • Sidny G.
    Sidny GinsbergJanuary 9, 2015
    get the guac.
  • Nishanth C.
    Nishanth ChariNovember 16, 2014
    Lamb belly is incredible as is the guac and salsas (Arbol and tomatillo especially but all 7 are good). Do not get the lobster queso - waste of money and calories. Flan is very different...
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornNovember 12, 2014
    Really expensive and they dont have the pastrami taco. Pistachio guac was good but nothing that great.
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen SmithOctober 19, 2014
  • Erika G.
    Erika GrijalvaOctober 15, 2014
    At first I thought the pistachio guacamole was a poser, but it is such a great combination! Dont miss it.
  • S_J L.
    S_J LOctober 2, 2014
    Portions are small n expensive but tasty. Margaritas are amazing!
  • Rebeca M.
    Rebeca MorenoSeptember 21, 2014
    2 words: chocolate flan (with "abuelita chocolate"
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkSeptember 5, 2014
    Order the Mexican sponge cake— it arrives deconstructed, the moist cubes of vanilla cake surrounded by bitter orange marmalade, crumbled brown butter streusel and café con leche ice cream. Read more
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineSeptember 3, 2014
    Great guac and dips, killer mezcal cocktails.
  • Ki C.
    Ki ChoiAugust 24, 2014
    Beef tacos. Guac with 7 salsas!
  • Natallia C.
    Natallia ClancyAugust 24, 2014
    7 salsa guac tasting
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 14, 2014
    Try the lamb barbacoa taco, from Ryan Sutton's review: "The chef takes the belly and ribs, rubs them in adobo, buries them in avocado leaves, and cooks them low and slow." Read more
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoAugust 7, 2014
    Step one: Michelada. Step two: Pistachio guacamole. Step three: Pastrami tacos.
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Start with Pistachio Guac and all the salsas! We never knew we’d be obsessed with a dish like Sliced Mango, or Squid, or Lamb Belly Barbacao! Satisfy your sweet tooth with 5-course dessert tasting!
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    There's a Pistachio Guac unlike any other. Dunk one of the thin masa crips in the creamy, nutty mixture, and you've got the ultimate bar snack. Read more
  • Dina
    DinaJuly 28, 2014
    Revelatory take on high-end Mexican food (not expensive though). Subtle, deep flavors with great ingredients. Lamb tartare is incredible, so is the octopus with chocolate mole. Trendy, dark space.
  • Astrid B.
    Astrid BarrerasJune 29, 2014
    The fish tacos are to die for! Also, the michelada is one of the best I've tried. So refreshing on hot summer day!
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeJune 22, 2014
    The tacos are unique, the guacamole perfection, and the drinks impressive and delicious.
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