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Empellon Cocina

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105 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10003-2966 (6th and 7th Streets)
+1 212-780-0999
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17:30 - 23:30
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New York City, New York
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787 reviews
473 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 good as were the chips. Then had the corn with flan, which was nicely roasted... More 

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Thank USCKaboom
Toronto
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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.

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Thank jbtor
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 were top notch and perfectly prepared. Hard to get excited about guacamole? Not here. Our... More 

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Thank 82Brute
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Not a thing I could fault about this place. Everything from start to finish was delicious and top quality. Definitely get the six different salsa with the guacamole, the goat taco is top-notch, as are the spare ribs. Will be back and 100% recommend.

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Thank Shon J
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Great service. Good value for your money! Friendly! Huge portions! Love it! Decent prices! Make reservations for this place to be safe so you don't miss out!

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Thank Ninorah F
Harpswell, Maine
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273 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Although not well described on the website, the Kitchen Table option for 2-4 people is incredible. A modern, cross-cultural take on Mexican food will change your view of Mexican food forever. It's 14 courses, but not as piggyback as it sounds, and each course is explained. Stuff you'd never order on your own seems perfectly wonderful. The drink pairing for... More 

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Thank Peter B
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Empellon Cocina is the kind of place you might stumble upon in the East village without even realizing, only to be pleasantly surprised by the very friendly staff and the excellent, no fuss food. Service is fast, the tacos do what they are meant to do, with some exciting twists (oxtail taco most recommended), and the mescal cocktails which are... More 

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Thank frame82
Alexis B, Marketing Manager at Empellon Cocina, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks so much for your great review of Empellon Cocina. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your tacos and had a pleasant experience with the service and mezcal cocktails! If I can ever assist with any of our restaurants, please feel free to reach out to me directly and I would love to help. Thanks,and have a great week!... More 

New York City, New York
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Food - they will recommend you to try their guacamole saying that it is the best one they have ever tasted (somehow this happens at every Mexican restaurant!) - well it might not be the best that is out there but certainly is worth trying - I liked the pistachio twist to it! I ordered squid - the plate was... More 

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Alexis B, Marketing Manager at Empellon Cocina, responded to this review

Hello, I just wanted to thank you for your lovely review of Empellon Cocina. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the guacamole, squid, and oxtail tacos. If I can ever assist with any of our restaurants, please feel free to reach out to me directly and I would love to help. Thanks, and have a great week! Alexis (alexis@empellon.com) More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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146 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I joined my NYC friends in order to dine at the much talked about Empellon Cocina, a Mexican-inspired restaurant in the East Village. This place is by far one of the most food adventurous restaurants I have been to in quite some time. You must try the Fried Oyster Tacos and Spanish Red Prawns. Oh and if you are a... More 

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Westfield, New Jersey
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

My sister and I ate here on a recommendation from one of her clients. The hostesses were welcoming and very accommodating (I had a large bag that they cheerfully checked for me). The décor is modern and well appointed. The staff is attentive, informative, and unobtrusive. They were also very friendly, wanting to know how we were enjoying our experience.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 23:30
Monday
17:30 - 23:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 23:30
Thursday
17:30 - 23:30
Friday
17:30 - 23:30
Saturday
17:30 - 23:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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