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Empellon Cocina

105 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2966
+1 212-780-0999
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“guacamole” (37 reviews)
“tacos” (25 reviews)
“tasting menu” (5 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
105 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2966
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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped by for happy hour before our night out. I highly recommend the lobster taco and the fish tempura taco. The margaritas were made with top-of-the-line tequila, so it made the $14 price tag less painful.

Thank Farrah H
Reviewed 30 April 2017

My spouse and I dined at Empellon Cocina for dinner on a Saturday evening in mid-February 2017. (“Empellon” means “a push or shove” in Spanish.) The restaurant is open for dinner only on Tuesdays through Saturdays (closed on Sundays and Mondays). You can reserve a...More

Thank fluffnfold
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Bland guacamole with greasy tortilla chips. Over seasoned sauces and tacos. Fish in ceviche was not marinated long enough. Too fishy... lacked lime. Service was good!

2  Thank moniwash
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This was simply spectacular. We reserved the experience and had a wonderful meal. I travel a lot, eat at many restaurants and while not a "foodie" I know what is interesting cuisine. The blending of flavorful Mexican cuisine as the foundation weaved into other great...More

1  Thank DavefromNJ
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We went for Restaurant Week & to celebrate my husbands birthday. It was our first visit. The Spicy Cucumber Margarita was the best I've ever had. My husband ordered and raved about the Winter Margarita! (touch of Bourbon). The guacamole with pistachio nuts was amazing....More

1  Thank Rozelle R
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We tried Empellon Cocina as part of Restaurant Week and were very pleasantly surprised. This is not your usual Mexican food place. The atmosphere is eclectic, with a small bar area and a chef’s table in back. The music matches the décor (though not the...More

1  Thank MomsABeachBum
Reviewed 5 January 2017

One of the best meals we had during our visit to New York - really delicious Mexican food, great cocktails and exceptional service in a warm and modern restaurant.

Thank Stephanie O
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I was in the mood for Mexican food and hadn't been here in a while. Was better than I remember it even. We started off with the guacamole and 7 salsas. Seriously good. The roasted cashew might have been my favorite. The guacamole was very...More

Thank USCKaboom
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Dinner for 7 of us. Chose a number of items and shared. Waiter was very pleasant and helpful. Guacamole was exceptional, tacos were very good including the smelts. Pass on the mango salad.

Thank jbtor
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Empellon Cocina is a contemporary Mexican inspired restaurant with modern, fresh twists on typical Mexican fare. Went for dinner with five in our party. We shared six dishes and a total of six cocktails. Bill came to $212 with tip. Worth every penny. All ingredients...More

Thank 82Brute
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2966
    (6th and 7th Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-780-0999
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