Empellón Taqueria

Empellón Taqueria

Taco Restaurant and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
  • Stars
  • Stars
    The experts at Time Out New York and Men's Health Mag recommend this place
    • Time Out New York
    • Men's Health Mag
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    Leisha M.
    "Fish tacos & Brussels sprout tacos were my favorite!"(8 Tips)
    Tyson G.
    "👌🏼 Guacamole with smoked cashew salsa, 👍🏼 Red chili pork tacos"(5 Tips)
    "Lobster Taco was fantastic!!! Drinks and Desserts are amazing too!!!"(11 Tips)
    "elegant beauties like the short rib pastrami taco"(4 Tips)
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  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • tequila
  • spicy food
  • good for dates
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  • 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
  • Rewan P.heart icon on user image
    Rewan PartiSeptember 22, 2017
    They have hands down one of the best tacos. Order the guacamole, the 7 salsas, red snapper ceviche, sea bass taco, chili pork taco and skirt stake taco. They have some great vegetarian options also!
  • Tim S.heart icon on user image
    Tim SheaJune 8, 2017
    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!
  • Roniel T.heart icon on user image
    Roniel TesslerSeptember 17, 2017
    Might be my favorite Mexican restaurant in the city. Pastrami, Lamb, and fried oysters tacos are amazing. That cashew sauce with the guac is incredible.
  • Jessica W.heart icon on user image
    Jessica WickhamApril 18, 2017
    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.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SohaydaApril 13, 2018
    Second room in back so don't get scared if the front is packed. Our server was incredibly friendly and helpful with food allergies. Drinks were good, and food was even better. Tacos are small go for 3
  • Elliot W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Jane K.heart icon on user image
    Jane KatzAugust 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
  • 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.
  • Edheart icon on user image
    EdJuly 30, 2017
    First time here fantastic variety of drinks and mocktails and wonderful variety of tacos great friendly service looking forward to returning
  • Syd L.heart icon on user image
    Syd LeighMay 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!
  • Juan H.heart icon on user image
    Juan HernandezJuly 4, 2019
    Everything from the quail egg sopes, the queso fundido w/shishito peppers, the duck, and cochinita pibil tacos is top notch! -the mezcal grapefruit margarita is simply delicious!
  • Rory P.heart icon on user image
    Rory ParnessDecember 8, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Guac is best I've had. Make sure you splurge for the extra sauces for your chips. For dessert, go around the corner and get a Salty Pimp at the Big Gay Ice Cream shop!
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Nicolette R.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Madison E.heart icon on user image
    Madison EarlyAugust 18, 2018
    Tacos were the best I’ve ever had. Margaritas were amazing. they didn’t have the AC on so it was an unpleasant dining experience in the middle of August in humid manhattan but I will go back for sure.
  • Mara L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • StayNYC R.
    StayNYC RentalsOctober 17, 2018
    If ever there was a time for fancy tacos and fancy queso, it’s your birthday. Empellon Taqueria gets our approval for its somewhat upscale yet relaxed feel and great Mexican eats.
  • Ali W.
    Ali WattsSeptember 22, 2012
    Tables by the windows are great for a group, summer squash salad & quest fundido w/ shishito peppers are amazing - margarita, lamb and fish tacos is we'e good...roosters claw (drink) is good but spicy
  • Courtney L.heart icon on user image
    Courtney LewisJuly 2, 2018
    Chips and guacamole are a must! Plus it’s served with two delicious salsas...one smoky and the other spicy. Loved the classic margarita and fish tacos.
  • Jacqui B.heart icon on user image
    Jacqui B.October 6, 2018
    The spicy cucumber margaritas are legendary. The seven salsas are well-worth the train ticket to visit New York.
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WhittemoreJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a constant...it never fails to be delicious. The staff is awesome! Spent my birthday here and because we had to wait so long the manager gave us shots and free drinks. Love this place!
  • Leisha M.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 10, 2012
    The chefs take a 1½-pound lobster and heat it in cream flavored with epazote, roasted tomato, and green chile. They then pile it onto tortillas and top with field corn, epazote mayonnaise, and cotija.
  • Erica B.
    Erica BartAugust 9, 2012
    Man...the food is amazing! Queso fundido with green chorizo and tomato and corn salad are necessary. Sleeper item on the menu....chicken tacos! So simple but so good. Great date spot.
  • 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..."
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Raj S.heart icon on user image
    Raj S.August 16, 2012
    Two words: incredible flavor. Spicy but not overwhelming and supremely fresh. The cashew-based salsa, fish tempura and sweetbread tacos are all must-try. The Rooster's Claw is serious business.
  • Kavita B.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jess K.heart icon on user image
    Jess KonoMarch 26, 2017
    Their margaritas are fresh- no sour mix! Get the fried egg taco- the salsa is fantastic.
  • Eugene B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Chris E.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the rich beer-braised-tongue tacos. The soft, shredded meat is slow-cooked with Negra Modelo, bacon and chorizo. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Kevin C.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 1, 2011
    Try the beer-braised tongue taco here, the brined pork tongue is cooked with bacon, chorizo, onions and a slug of Negra Modelo. It's one of NYC's 26 best tacos! Read more
  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    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. 💃🏻🌮
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonAugust 28, 2017
    Drink the mezcal, eat the fish tacos, share the queso with chorizo.
  • Kavita B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Carlyn L.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyDecember 11, 2016
    Stellar tacos and guacamole and margaritas and, well, everything. Not cheap though. Good for a date, first or otherwise.
  • 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
  • Ana Marie 💃heart icon on user image
    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
  • Tyson G.heart icon on user image
    Tyson GachMarch 13, 2017
    👌🏼 Guacamole with smoked cashew salsa, 👍🏼 Red chili pork tacos
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle LandauOctober 23, 2015
    Tempura fish tacos = amazing. Brussel spout tacos = delicious. Spicy cucumber margarita = fantastic. This place is yum.
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SedgwickJune 27, 2013
    You MUST ask to have Coco as a waitress...best experience ever. She has great suggestions on what to get and a few hidden "tricks" to ordering
  • Kamaria M.heart icon on user image
    Kamaria MionApril 29, 2017
    Delicious tacos, very pricey. They do happy hour on the weekend though!
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