Empellón Taqueria

Empellón Taqueria

Taco Place and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
212 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • tequila
  • spicy food
  • good for dates
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  • Ed
    Ed2 weeks ago
    First time here fantastic variety of drinks and mocktails and wonderful variety of tacos great friendly service looking forward to returning
  • Kay T.
    Kay Teo2 weeks ago
    Delicious flavor profiles for all small plates
  • Charlotte S.
    Refreshing spicy cucumber margarita
  • Erin S.
    Erin SheaJune 9
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaJune 8
    Get one of the melted cheeses, the chorizo one is especially good, but they're all good. The guac is delicious too! And great tacos!! Delicious food, a tad pricey, but worth it!
  • Shawn T.
    The food was excellent. Unfortunately, our service was lacking. The place was packed and the staff seemed overwhelmed with monitoring tables scattered across the place. Will give another try again.
  • Kamaria M.
    Kamaria MionApril 29
    Delicious tacos, very pricey. They do happy hour on the weekend though!
  • Jessica W.
    Great margaritas - Highly recommend the shishito peppers, sea bass taco and broccoli tacos. Friendly staff who rang to keep us updated on our table wait.
  • Alex P.
    Brussels sprouts, lobster and duck tacos are a 10
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMarch 31
    For vegetarians, the brussels sprouts tacos are can't miss. Everything else is average.
  • Jess K.
    Jess KonoMarch 26
    Their margaritas are fresh- no sour mix! Get the fried egg taco- the salsa is fantastic.
  • Tyson G.
    Tyson GachMarch 13
    👌🏼 Guacamole with smoked cashew salsa, 👍🏼 Red chili pork tacos
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    Christmas colors are reflected in the cocktails mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco at Empelló Taqueria.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyDecember 11, 2016
    Stellar tacos and guacamole and margaritas and, well, everything. Not cheap though. Good for a date, first or otherwise.
  • Abe
    AbeDecember 4, 2016
    Churro French Toast.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FaberNovember 18, 2016
    Great service and the food was delicious! Go for the guacamole and tacos!
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthSeptember 6, 2016
    Smokey cashew salsa with the guac is amazing. So are the Brussels Sprouts Tacos!
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 5, 2016
    Sure, chef Alex Stupak hasn’t had decades of taco-making experience, but we think he’s doing a pretty amazing job with the skirt steak tacos. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    Chef Alex Stupak is a genius with pastries, and now he is a genius with Mexican food. It is my go-to restaurant when I am in the West Village. Get the tongue taco with potatoes and arbol chile salsa. Read more
  • Daria Z.
    Daria ZatsepinaJune 21, 2016
    Really high end Mexican food . Delicious . Will come back !
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaJune 11, 2016
    Definitely order the guacamole with all the salsa options. Then get the short rib pastrami and carne asada tacos.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 8, 2016
    Cool things down with a fresh and not-too-sweet pineapple cilantro margarita. (Unless you’re one of those people who thinks cilantro tastes like soap. And if you are, we’re so, so sorry.) Read more
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuMay 6, 2016
    Nice place for a Mexican brunch but very limited menu options
  • DishEnvy
    DishEnvyApril 28, 2016
    The best gourmet tacos in NY. Look out for the steak and lobster.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CApril 21, 2016
    Salsa tasting, tacos and, of course, margaritas!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Empellón Taqueria.
  • Matt M.
    Matt McCotterMarch 24, 2016
    Best guac ever. Great drinks
  • Tim B.
    Tim BackusMarch 20, 2016
    Romantic, intimate, and a ton of tequila. I think you see where this is heading.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Empellón Taqueria, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 15, 2016
    When you visit Empellón Taquería, start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MFebruary 9, 2016
    Tacos and margueritas
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJanuary 30, 2016
    The fish taco is the way to go. Also, def get some salsa borracha on the side - it has a smoky mezcal kick. 💃🏻🌮
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 8, 2015
    If you are in Empellón Taquería, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundDecember 5, 2015
    Awesome low key bar that sells fantastic tacos. It's hard to say if it is a bar or restaurant from the setup. There are no reservations and no waiters so just grab a table and order at the bar.
  • Christina
    ChristinaNovember 23, 2015
    Ok, this is admittedly unrelated to food.... their music selection is fantastic.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinNovember 11, 2015
    Great tacos, get the short rib and pastrami taco. Expensive for what you get but food is certainly great
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroNovember 1, 2015
    In the mood for tacos? Then this is your spot. Start with the guacamole - the jalapeños give it some kick! Go for the carne asada or fish tacos. Be sure to add verde!
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle LandauOctober 23, 2015
    Tempura fish tacos = amazing. Brussel spout tacos = delicious. Spicy cucumber margarita = fantastic. This place is yum.
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen SheaAugust 20, 2015
    Brussel sprout tacos !!!
  • DR G.
    DR GAugust 18, 2015
    They do a good chelada
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyAugust 17, 2015
    spicy cucumber marg is the underdog of the drink menu. Make sure to eat fish tacos + shishito pepper queso. The best ceviche is the hamachi with shaved fennel and avocado. Sat night duck tacos=100
  • Elliot W.
    Elliot WehnerJuly 26, 2015
    Everything is good here. Love the chips + guac and the 7 or so salsas. Make sure to get extra chips bc they are so good they will go quick. Margaritas are well executed - I prefer the classic.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CJuly 8, 2015
    Try the salsa tasting appetizer - so many varieties! The margaritas are awesome too!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GordonJuly 5, 2015
    Upscale Mexican joint. Excellent tacos and great spicy cucumber margaritas
  • Claire J S.
    Claire J SongJune 16, 2015
    Fish taco fish taco
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25June 13, 2015
    Chicken taco with black kale and salsa verde
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMay 28, 2015
    Masa waffle (center), baked egg whites, sopes, tacoa
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMay 28, 2015
    For brunch: avoid the baked egg whites with chickpeas or the deviled egg tacos. Go for the Brussels sprouts tacos and about 20000 orders of the masa waffle
  • Leisha M.
    Leisha MagsisiMay 27, 2015
    The margaritas and tacos were amazing! The passion fruit marg, spicy cucumber marg, or the classic were all amazing. Fish tacos & Brussels sprout tacos were my favorite!
  • Mike V.
    Mike ViscontiMay 19, 2015
    Great guacamole and salsa variety along with an excellent taco lineup. Trendy spot so it is a bit expensive, but a worthy treat.
  • Sydney W.
    Sydney WollmanMay 15, 2015
    Brussel sprout tacos are incredible. A must, even for meat eaters.Chicken tacos have great flavor. Get the salsa verde, it's creamy.The chocolate flan is so different-- save room for it. Great margs!
  • Sydney W.
    Sydney WollmanMay 11, 2015
    Chicken tacos
  • Peter J.
    Peter JanowskiMay 10, 2015
    Food is good, but there is no reason to pay $8 for a taco.
  • Anna R.
    Anna RMay 5, 2015
    Great drinks and awesome food. Share with pals so you can try more than one. Tequila bottle at the table if you dare.
  • Drew N.
    Drew NMay 4, 2015
    mezcal margarita & go with the taco special of the day
  • April M.
    April MoatesApril 7, 2015
    Great fast tacos.
  • HOBNOB Magazine
    HOBNOB MagazineApril 6, 2015
    Do a taco tasting: 5 awesome and unusual tacos with surprising ingredients, and complimentary Margarita for $55. Sign up fast, these sell out quickly!
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMarch 24, 2015
    The tacos here are awesome. The guacamole is great. And love the tequila on the table!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MatuszewskiMarch 15, 2015
    Food was really good but won't be back anytime soon. Waitstaff was inattentive, and inconvenienced. People at the end of our table were constantly bumped sitting at the table by people moving about.
  • E P.
    E PMarch 15, 2015
    Appalled at the service - I waited an hour and then they tried to give me the crappiest seat in the place (right next to the hostess stand). Unfortunate bc the food is pretty good.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 27, 2015
    http://empellon.com/taqueria/menus#menu982067 brunch $10-14, indoor only
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    http://empellon.com/taqueria/menus#menu982067 brunch $10-14
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KellyFebruary 20, 2015
    AWESOME SPOT!!! See their virtual tour before you go! Read more
  • Maksim A.
    Maksim AlipovFebruary 12, 2015
    Short Rib Pastrami Taco1
  • Ana Marie 💃
    Ana Marie 💃February 10, 2015
    Lamb taco is really good, queso fundidos are legit. Good place to grab dinner and kick off a night in the WV
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The short rib pastrami taco with mustard seed salsa is the best taco in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition." Read more
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaJanuary 13, 2015
    You can order a bottle of tequila for the table. Or enjoy the guac with salsa. The Brussels sprouts tacos were also delicious.
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyJanuary 11, 2015
    Terrible drinks and poorly done food. Red grapefruit margarita is too sour, as is the scallop. cramped and body. All round poor experience, give this place a pass.
  • Eugene B.
    Eugene BDecember 16, 2014
    Chilaquiles verdes made for decent brunch fare - the braised bacon tacos not so much. But it was the short rib pastrami tacos with pickled cabbage and mustard seed salsa that stole the show.
  • Victor C.
    Victor CDecember 11, 2014
    Great service and tequila selection. Both pork taco options were outlandishly salty though. Give one of the veggie tacos a shot instead.
  • Grant S.
    Grant SmithDecember 11, 2014
    The double salsa with guac and the skirt steak tacos are badass. The hot salsa is awesome.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie Brown-SmithDecember 11, 2014
    That was delicious. Worth the price.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettDecember 6, 2014
    I had a scallop ceviche here a couple years ago that made me somehow remember this place years into the future.
  • Irene M.
    Irene MNovember 28, 2014
    Enjoy tiny but intensely flavorful & usually creative tacos. This place is perfect for a small group so that you can order every kind of taco and the salsa sampler, and try everything. Great service.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluNovember 23, 2014
    I tried their fish tacos, lamb tacos, and lobster tacos. Lobster taco was hands down the best!
  • Mara L.
    Mara LecocqNovember 18, 2014
    The chicken taco was good. Nice decor/bar vibe and sitting by the window gives a nice view on the street. Not cheap but you pay for the decor, location and view.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansNovember 10, 2014
    Wow everything is so good. Just close your eyes and point to something. But if you have to choose, go with the pork shoulder. It's really unreal.
  • David
    DavidNovember 5, 2014
    I enjoy quesadillas.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SugarsOctober 26, 2014
    All margaritas and tacos. Can't go wrong.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsOctober 22, 2014
    It's overpriced for tacos, obviously, but pretty well priced for the atmosphere. Good spot for dates and late dinners with drinks with a casual cool vibe.
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 26, 2014
    Tacos are the best!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CSeptember 22, 2014
    The pork tacos with the grilled pineapple were truly amazing. We also loved their salsa sampler - each one bringing something different to the meal. They could use more dessert options.
  • Rishi S.
    Rishi SatsangiSeptember 11, 2014
    It's a quality taqueria, what else can I say. I guess I can say it wasn't mind blowing, but hey sometimes you just want a good taco without a whole song and dance tied to it.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Empellon as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksAugust 29, 2014
    Empellon's Lamb barbacoa tacos filled with smoked lamb, cucumber and orange sets new limits to how many tacos you can have on Taco Tuesday. Read more
  • Mark G.
    Mark GraciaAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the guacamole
  • Amalie K.
    Amalie KristoffersenAugust 23, 2014
    Great Mexican food! If you're not feeling too hungry, you should still stop by for one of their excellent margaritas.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CabralAugust 22, 2014
    You ordered the masa chips and guac, right? Now, order a second helping, ask for the extra hot spices and add a spicy tequila drink. Now that's living!
  • Amee S.
    Amee ShahAugust 16, 2014
    Happy birthday abhi!!!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 11, 2014
    Drop by on weekend afternoons for a quality Mexican-inspired brunch. Items like the Scrambled Egg Fundido and Buttermilk Pancakes are sure to please.
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaAugust 10, 2014
    Had great cocktails, service and dinner at the bar. Must get guac(with salsas!) and corn. Great fish taco too.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pork Tongue tacos are delicious. Also try the Guac with two salsas - the smoked cashew is very unique.
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha SmithAugust 7, 2014
    I hate fried fish...but loved their fish tacos! Amazing.
  • Raffi A.
    Raffi AsdourianAugust 3, 2014
    Better off at Dos Caminos...
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoJune 22, 2014
    Pastrami taco w/ mustard seed salsa is the least traditional dish on the menu, but that shouldn't stop you.
  • Marc
    MarcJune 12, 2014
    Tasting Table Top 10 Tacos: "Alex Stupak truly elevates the form, turning out complex & elegant beauties like the short rib pastrami taco with mustard seed salsa..."
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor MurphyMay 31, 2014
    Awesome spot. If you go on Saturday get the crab cake tacos
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonMay 18, 2014
    The cucumber margarita (name?) is definitely 👍👍. Guacamole is really good, too.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 24, 2014
    Chef Alex Stupak's Mexican fine dining restaurant.
  • Carlyn L.
    Carlyn LiviaApril 13, 2014
    Beer braised tongue was good but very spicy. Save that taco for the end. Lobster and duck confit tacos were delicious! Great service too!
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