Empellón Cocina

$ $ $
105 1st Ave (btwn 6th & 7th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 780-0999
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:30pm - 11:30pm
5:30pm - 11:30pm
5:30pm - 12:00am
11:00am - 10:30pm
11:00am - 10:30pm



  • My life was just changed by a $9 pastrami taco. Also beet juice mescal cocktail. And you might as well try pistachio guac like everyone says.
  • Chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican hangover cure that is typically made from leftovers, eggs and salsa-soaked fried corn-tortilla strips, is dressed up here with meaty maitake mushrooms.
  • everything is delicious. no reservation? just sit at the bar.
  • Paws up for the best guacamole in NYC. For realz.
  • Get the lobster queso dish to split. Best. Thing. Ever.
  • This lobster queso has got game.
  • Try the lamb barbacoa taco, from Ryan Sutton's review: "The chef takes the belly and ribs, rubs them in adobo, buries them in avocado leaves, and cooks them low and slow."
  • There is a dish with melted cheese and lobster. This should really go without saying, but ORDER THAT.
  • stick to the apps and tacos. share a bunch of 'em (guac and lobster queso among them) and skip the mains, they were meh.
  • Inspired Mexican plates and extensive agave spirits collection
  • Get the Michelada. It's incredible.
  • The menus at Empelln Cocina change often, in the dining room and at the bar.
  • A curvaceous, white brick interio sets the mood for the seriously shareable Mariscos (like mezcal-cured ocean trout w/ roe & cream cheese) at EC.
  • Order the Mexican sponge cake it arrives deconstructed, the moist cubes of vanilla cake surrounded by bitter orange marmalade, crumbled brown butter streusel and caf con leche ice cream.
  • I don't care if you hate Brussel Sprouts, the Brussel Sprouts taco is one of the most incredible dishes in NYC. Pay with Cover and walk out happy.
  • Pastrami tacos ohhhhh yes.
  • Do not miss out on the delicious Pistachio Guacamole, it is to die for! The spicy cucumber margarita is a must as well!
  • Amazing food. Recommend getting many plates and sharing (size is right for that). Try: Guac, Roasted Carrots, Mango + Crab, Lobster Queso, Kale Taco, Scallop Taco. All so tasty!
  • Eat this: Guacamole with pistachios, queso fundido with lobster, roasted carrots with mole, masa crisps with shrimp and sea urchin mousse, squid and potatoes with black mole, vanilla marquesote
  • Get the pistachio guac!

Nearby places

433 E 6th St (btwn 1st Ave & Ave A)
95 1st Ave (at 6th St)
443 E 6th St (at Avenue A)