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Empellón

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510 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.759693 -73.976762
at E. 53rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-367-0999 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$$

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    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

empellon.com

Hours

Mon-Weds, 11:45am-10:30pm; Thurs-Sat, 11:45am-11pm; Sun, 11:45am-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; 6 at 51st St.; B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center

Prices

$29-$39

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Design Standout
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

After honing his unique elevated-comfort-food formula downtown, the hypertalented Alex Stupak finally gives midtown the taco joint it deserves. Dishes like nachos (with crab and uni) and guacamole (with seven salsa options) are perfectly calibrated for this new uptown audience, and although the signature taco options have their charms, many of the elaborate entrées work just as well with a stack of steamy, fresh corn tortillas on the side. The real specialties of the house, however, are Stupak’s desserts, in particular the elaborate tastings of seasonal fruit over ice, and the uncannily realistic avocado parfait, which is one of those rare made-for-Instagram dishes that actually lives up to the hype.

Note

Lunch is from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Ideal Meal

Sticky-rice tamales and/or crab nachos, tacos (lamb sweetbreads and barbacoa, pastrami, hash browns), crispy pork belly or roasted red prawns, chocolate mousse and/or avocado.

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