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Empellón Taqueria

230 W. 4th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. 10th St.
212-367-0999

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7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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AL FIN!!!!

By MexicanMom on 5/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

FINALLY someone has dared to present the wonderful flavors of Mexico without compromising authenticity; fully utilizing ingredients that are at the heart of REAL Mexican cooking. From start to finish, the chefs in this gem of a restaurant present truly inspired meals to the diner who no longer wishes to settle for the americanized taco combo platter/greasy chips in a basket/bucket of beer meal. Was there a bit of a rocky start? Sure, as there most likely is in ANY new business. But I and my partner have eaten there several times since the opening and have seen every component of Empellon blossom into an amazing experience. The cocktails are incredibly unique, sophisticated and daring enough to carry the inspiration forward by utilizing chiles/spices and an unparalleled array of mezcal....the tacos and other antojitos just get better and better, and the ever-changing entrees clearly reflect Chef Stupaks desire to showcase TRUE Mexican cuisine (no, Mexicans do NOT put everything on a tortilla)....Chef Resler's desserts are simply beautiful and warrant an Oh-My-God reaction with every bite (her chocolate flan and tres leches cake are dangerously addicting). So all you close-minded people who think you know what Mexican food is...get over yourselves. For everyone else....GO, ENJOY, SAVOR the experience. It's worth it!

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44 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

Superb

By sfgiantsfan on 5/16/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Food is excellent. Drinks are unique and very good. A bit pricey. Desserts are outstanding.

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43 out of 91 people found this review helpful.

I can't believe this is the truth...but it is

By FoodieNYC44 on 4/17/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I closely follow restaurant blogs and such because I am in the business. I am all for new partnerships and people turning leaves, but I could not believe my eyes when I went to this restaurant Friday night. I walked in, was greeted by a nice lady, but something was off. There were industry folks all over the place, but the place was like a night club or something. No one was eating and little girls were just bobbing there heads in the corner sipping drinks. So I tried the food. Not bad, but is this place supposed to be a bar, nightclub or restaurant? The service was pathetic and my server didn't have a tequila other than Milagro to suggest. I felt like it was a C-rate Abe and Authers, which I also dislike...if your into that kind of thing and can't get into Abe and Aurthers then go here. Anyway it all came together when I was introduced to the "owner" this guy Adam. I thought the Chef owned it and this was his big break, turns out I was wrong. After a bit of research I found out the Adam was a night club promoter who opened a few budget short lived nightclubs and runs a bar in Tribeca. All makes sense. I hope the Chef/owner understands what he is dealing with. Can you say "Fugazze." Either way there is Diablo Royal right across the street and another Fratastic joint on the corner. There goes the neighborhood.

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54 out of 105 people found this review helpful.

Stay away!

By foodlovers12 on 4/14/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

One of the worst places l have been in NY. The menu is very limited. We ordered 6-7 different types of tacos and we didn't eat any of those. We were a group of 5 people and we all left hungry. The food was really bad, and one can wonder how difficult is to make tacos? Well, apparently for this restaurant very! Drinks were bad too, service was so and so. We ended up paying 90 USD per person only for tacos and a few coctails. I would never go back there and l think Stupac should have remained a pastry chef instead!

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