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Posted by LT on 04/28/2011
There seems to be a plethera of Mexican restaurants in the West Village...I've been to a vast majority of them....Last night I was on my way to Mole, and passed Empellon. It's new, and looked as though it had a good crowd, so my friend and I decided to give it a shot. Two words - NOT GOOD. We ordered the white tuna app from the very limited menu and it was so fishy that we had to send it back. I haven't sent anything back in, well actually I don't if I've ever sent anything back. The tacos were "eh", the service slow and prices excessive considering the size and quantity. This place will last a year, max.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2011
Excellent meal and great scene. Very accomodating to large parties. We ordered practically everything and one thing was better than the next. Highly recommended! Can't wait to go back!
Posted by Eric on 04/22/2011
Had the fish tacos, the guac, and the white tuna ceviche. Guac was good, did even better with some additional lime added to it. The ceviche was also decent, although nothing mind-blowing. The highlight was their habanero salsa. It's seriously hot and fresh - very bold of them to do. Most restaurants shy away from that sort of thing.
Posted by anonymous on 04/06/2011
I really wanted to like this place, but nothing met the hype. The food was alright but everything we had.. with the exception of the chicken tacos.. seemed thrown together and not complex, as the menu and reviews I'd read suggest. Service was sloppy and rushed, too, which normally doesn't bother me except for the price paid for a meal here, you'd expect more attention. The space is nice with an energetic vibe, and not too loud. Drinks are good but expensive. As another reviewer said below, for a location with almost half a dozen other restaurants in a similar genre as Empellon, we expected it to be much, much better.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2011
I was really looking forward to the opening of this place. I think the place is beautiful and you can choose from a "sceney" atmosphere in the front room or a more quiet setting in the back room. I absolutely love the plantain sope, the steak tacos and the desserts are soooo good, and I am not a dessert person at all. The buenuelos! I will definitely be back!
Posted by anonymous on 04/05/2011
Took a date for dinner here. It was a nice place without feeling "too intimate". We ordered the guac, scallop ceviche (i thought it was good, but my date loved it), lamb tacos (phenomenal), queso with Kale, and a smoked plaintain sope. The only negative of the meal was that we were outrageously full afterwards. Will try to come back for more drinks and light snacks rather than vice-versa. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous on 04/02/2011
Went there for dinner and we were seated as soon as our party arrived. It was a very noisy place, which I expected since it had recently opened. The servers were nice, but very slow. We waited about 20 minutes for our first round of drinks. Drinks were nothing special and they were very small for the price. Best part of the meal was the guacomole. It was fresh and delicous. Do not order the chicken taco! They were bland, dry and tasteless. The mushroom tacos were good. I did send mine back and the server was very apologetic and took it off our bill. Overall, disappointed.