Empellón Cocina

Empellón Cocina

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LMay 14
    The guacamole was fantastic. We also loved the queso and some tacos. Can't go wrong with anything
  • Charlotte S.
    Loved the mezcal cocktail with added spice, the ceviche and the whole fish
  • Jillian
    JillianOctober 12, 2016
    Pistachio guac
  • heather d.
    heather doughertySeptember 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    amazing happy hour - 2 for 1 fancy pants margies & $5 for a beer & taco!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaliwatAugust 21, 2016
    Kitchen Table menu from August 5, 2016 -- so delicious!
  • Susanna M.
    Susanna MendlerJune 22, 2016
    One of my faves. Tasted like movie theater popcorn
  • DishEnvy
    DishEnvyApril 28, 2016
    The tacos are great but don't miss out on the innovative vegetable dishes
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerApril 1, 2016
    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, 2016
    Wonderful and inventive tasting menu at the chef's table.
  • Anuj G.
    Anuj GuptaMarch 12, 2016
    Happy hour $5 beer & a taco
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMarch 10, 2016
    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, 2016
    Really interesting take on Mexican food... the pistachio guac and the chips are the best
  • st
    stFebruary 13, 2016
    the peacemaker is a hell of a drink
  • Nikhita M.
    Nikhita MahtaniJanuary 30, 2016
    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.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 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.
  • Eater
    EaterJune 6, 2014
    In a town where tacos have become as interchangeable, Cocina's are becoming more focused, interesting and envelope-pushing by the month. The spring pea tacos is a perfect dish. Read more
  • Jill M.
    Jill MulliganMay 25, 2014
    The lamb barbacoa is amazing.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanMay 8, 2014
    The tequila flight is not worth it. Comes with a spicy tomato chaser which is the last thing you want while sipping tequila.
  • kasia *8
    kasia *8May 1, 2014
    Real TASTY mexican food, best pastries I've ever eaten! :)
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderApril 28, 2014
    Overpriced and overhyped. Skip it.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 24, 2014
    Chef Alex Stupak's Mexican fine dining restaurant.
  • Jo R.
    Jo RausenApril 5, 2014
    Ridiculous wait for a reservation...
  • Justin W.
    Justin WelshFebruary 19, 2014
    A fabulous reataurant. Great service, great food. Would recommend the roast carrots, the pastrami tacos and the arroz con leche desert. Simply delicious food.
  • Jeff
    JeffFebruary 16, 2014
    Great food crap service, really bad
  • Diane B.
    Diane BakerJanuary 26, 2014
    Selection of 7 salsas is great! The masa crisps blow away corn chips. The carnitas tacos are great as well
  • Mark E.
    Mark EgermanJanuary 12, 2014
    I don't care if you hate Brussel Sprouts, the Brussel Sprouts taco is one of the most incredible dishes in NYC. Pay with Cover and walk out happy.
  • Walt W.
    Walt WalkerDecember 4, 2013
    Great tequila/mezcal cocktails, tasty guacamoles. I love the vibe here
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KarnofskyOctober 20, 2013
    Pastrami tacos ohhhhh yes.
  • Howard L.
    Howard LeifmanOctober 11, 2013
    Food was amazing and staff were terrific! I highly recommend it. Great atmosphere too!
  • Howard L.
    Howard LeifmanOctober 10, 2013
    Food was amazing and service excellent! Highly recommend! Definitely will go back!
  • Christian B.
    Christian BorgesSeptember 22, 2013
    Do yourself a favor. Shrimp and carnitas tacos. Nuff said...
  • Ben W.
    Ben WheelerSeptember 18, 2013
    Yes to Carnitas tacos. No to suckling pig.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 30, 2013
    Do yourself a favor and order the pistachio guac, the melted tetilla cheese with lobster, and the pastrami tacos. You'll definitely leave happy!
  • Raffi A.
    Raffi AsdourianAugust 28, 2013
    Go for the rose hibiscus margarita!
  • Zephan
    ZephanAugust 23, 2013
    Everything here is unique and amazing. Drinks, guac, tacos & tequila. Don't think about it, be about it.
  • Debora O.
    Debora OlssonAugust 19, 2013
    Do not miss out on the delicious Pistachio Guacamole, it is to die for! The spicy cucumber margarita is a must as well!
  • Lesley K.
    Lesley KAugust 13, 2013
    Mexi food pulling from contemporary, colonial & very old aztec/maya/etc influences in a very fun atmosphere.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    I recommend the mango salad, the lobster fundido and the kale fundido with soft shell tacos. Not sure if this would become a "regular go-to" spot for me but if in the neighborhood I would drop in.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MAugust 1, 2013
    Possibly the best guac I've ever had. . Lana is a kickass bartender. Oh - and their tequila!! What a selection. New neighborhood fave.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SubramaniamJuly 28, 2013
    Awesome, unique, delicious varieties of salsa and guac. Definitely get at least one!
  • Sam C.
    Sam CJuly 24, 2013
    Pretty good, experimental Mexican. A little overpriced for the portion sizes of everything from the margaritas to salsa/guac to entrees.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GelmanJuly 11, 2013
    Pistachio guacamole. Crab salad w/ sliced mango. Carnitas tacos.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WangJuly 8, 2013
    Bacon guacamole and the whole set of salsas - these are must-haves here!
  • Maria isabel Z.
    Excelent brunch, this is exactly what I want for my last dinner, chef Matt Conroy is awesome, best mexican food in NY
  • Jorge U.
    Jorge UrrutiaJune 16, 2013
    Spicy cucumber margarita. Wow
  • L S.
    L SJune 12, 2013
    Warning: the masa chips contain lard.
  • Corinna P.
    Corinna PJune 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My life was just changed by a $9 pastrami taco. Also beet juice mescal cocktail. And you might as well try pistachio guac like everyone says.
  • Daphne H.
    Daphne HJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid cocktails and the carnitas are amazing every time.
  • Tina C.
    Tina ChangMay 31, 2013
    Pistachio guacamole is amazing. Red snapper ceviche, asparagus with poached duck egg, soft shell crab tacos and lobster with cheese dish are a must try. Their new specialty margaritas are amazing.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MollicaMay 26, 2013
    Pumpkin. Cinnamon salsa is interesting
  • Kim G.
    Kim GerstmanMay 18, 2013
    Carnitas are to die for!
  • Lucy S.
    Lucy SandisonMay 14, 2013
    The house margarita is delish!
  • Edwin A.
    Edwin A.May 12, 2013
    Try the bacon guacamole as well as the asparagus with tongue hollandaise.
  • nora w.
    nora walkerMay 10, 2013
    There is a dish with melted cheese and lobster. This should really go without saying, but ORDER THAT.
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayMay 8, 2013
    The roasted carrot salad was amazing!
  • Steven B.
    Steven BenarioApril 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The drinks are amazing. Highly recommend Hecho en Humo.
  • Jeana C.
    Jeana CostaApril 14, 2013
    Amazing food. Recommend getting many plates and sharing (size is right for that). Try: Guac, Roasted Carrots, Mango + Crab, Lobster Queso, Kale Taco, Scallop Taco. All so tasty!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BeckermanApril 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Magical Mexican like you've never had before. #sensational #ingenious #amazing #magical -foodie magician
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkApril 11, 2013
    Eat this: Guacamole with pistachios, queso fundido with lobster, roasted carrots with mole, masa crisps with shrimp and sea urchin mousse, squid and potatoes with black mole, vanilla marquesote Read more
  • Carl
    CarlApril 6, 2013
    For brunch, the chilequiles miss the mark by not using regular corn tortilla chips. It also doesn't help when the poached eggs are undercooked and with an occasional bit of shell.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 3, 2013
    Despite the critical acclaim he received for his modernist desserts at some of the country’s top restaurants, chef Alex Stupak has traded in his pastry tools to make extraordinary tacos. Read more
  • Tom L.
    Tom LeeApril 1, 2013
    The wonder of Empellón Cocina is that almost none of its Mexican food is traditional, yet none of it feels inauthentic, either
  • Tyson G.
    Tyson GachJanuary 29
    👍🏼 Guacamole, 👍🏼 Savory churros, 👌🏼 Oysters, 👌🏼 Melted cheese with brussels sprouts, 👍🏼 Pork belly tacos, 👍🏼 Chicken tender tacos, 👌🏼 Lamb shawarma, 👌🏼 Bavette steak
  • Rebeca M.
    Rebeca MorenoSeptember 21, 2014
    La mejor mezcalería downtown New York
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