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Posted by Cris on 02/12/2007
I had friends from out of town visiting so i suggested we try this place out. I explained the concept and all the varieties of empanadas they had, savory and sweet, and all of us were really stoked to try it, even the vegan guy. We took two trains to get there. We walked in and it was pretty full so we seated ourselves at the side counter where we remained completely unacknowledged for twenty minutes. I suggested we give up and go somewhere else but one of my friends insisted we get what we came for, which was exoticly stuffed empanadas. We finally got a waiter over (keep in mind the restaurant consists of one small room, some tables and a counter, hardly a vast expanse where groups of dudes can be hard to notice.) and ordered chips and guac and about three empanadas each. The chips came out soon with two kinds of salsa, one red, one green. Both were awesome as was the guacamole. The empanadas came out around fifteen minutes later and were all clearly labeled on the outside of the paper bags they came in. We were sitting next to a young couple and the waiter accidentally gave us their order with ours. We sorted it out amongst ourselves amicabley and handed them their food. I tried the Pork, the tuna and the cheeseburger empanadas and i really liked all of them. The tuna was the least impressive but it was still tasty. My vegan friend dug the veggie ones he ordered. My other friend loved the dessert ones. Everyone was really pleased with their food but we were unanimous that the service was pretty poor. Not that the waiter wasn't nice; he was, but come on man, twenty minutes just to hand us menus? The price was a few bucks each for the empanadas which is more than you pay from the guy on the street corner but these are much more creative as far as what's inside. So go-it's worth it- but be prepared to get ignored and possibly given someone else's order.
Posted by Estela on 01/27/2007
No $2.25 is not a lot of money for food. But for a empanada it is. I know empanadas are usually $1 maybe $1.25. My boyfriend and I went there for a quick bite. I mean we were not even that hungry. I just wanted to show him what an Empanada was. We got one beef and one chicken. It was stuffed with a good amount. We sat at the booths so the waiters wouldn't think we were they to relax and eat a lot. When I told the waitress were only here for a quick bite she said O but you should still sit at the table. We didn't. I was not starving. Just wanted something fast. Than when we ordered 2 empanadas she had the nerve to say that's it? Your not going to get more? You would think she wanted us to sit and eat more not for our enjoyment but it seemed like it was so the bill can be higher which would force us into giving a larger tip. They took so long to acknowledge us after that I had to go to the register myself to pay. Our meal was a little under 5. I gave them 5 and let them keep the change. Wouldn't go back again. It was not that serious or special. Even though it is the only place in MIDTOWN to get empanadas I know of. Not the city though. Many places in uptown manhattan that have great Hispanic food for even greater prices.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2007
A friend brought me here for lunch one day, and I have to say, ever since then I've been getting crazy empanada cravings and have to walk over, and I never even liked empanadas before this. The beef in corn is so juicy it squirts beef juice in your mouth; you have to watch out! The choco banana is so tasty that I'll keep eating them after I'm stuffed, and the entrees and soups are great too. I don't know what the "expert" was saying about overpriced. You can eat here for under 5 bucks, when a soggy salad or dried up sandwich from a chain will cost you $8. This place is great.
Posted by expert on 01/23/2007
This could be a cute neighborhood place with great value. It should not be waiter service. Not really necessary for empenadas. The service is poor. The empenadas mediocre and over-priced. I will only go here if I am starving and want to get something I can eat while I walk home. Needs improvement.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2007
We probably order from Empanada Mama once a week. With guests ranging from vegans to football players, we've never had anything but rave reviews about the food. It's delicious and there's a great variety so anybody can find something they'll like. Although delivery can sometimes take a little time (about 1/2 hour during meal times), each dish comes in a labeled bag so there's no confusion, and everything is consistently tasty. Guys-- you'll probably eat 4-6 empanadas for a meal. Ladies-- if you're like me, you'll eat 5, but 2-3 is a satisfying meal. I've never tried any of the other dishes since the empanadas are so tasty, but I'm sure they're good as well. Never eaten there but it looks cozy and clean inside. Do yourself a favor and try to Fig, Caramel, and Cheese dessert empanada. It's REALLY good. Enjoy!!!
Posted by Suthernladie77 on 12/18/2006
I have to say that when I came to NY to visit my friend, she asked me if I wanted a light snack before we went for a night on the town for our first night. I said sure so she ordered some beef and chicken Empanadas and OMG! I craved them for the next three days and finally said that I was going to order a bunch before I got back on the road to maryland. I have tasted Empanadas in DC, Maryland, and even here in NYC....By far the best and truly the only ones worth me ordering 15 to go! Looking forward to my next NYC visit.
Posted by Amazing on 12/13/2006
OMG AMAZING!!!! I've been to one place like this but it was in Queens, now there's one in my own backyard. Let me start with the Empanada con queso y caramelo (OMG), I went into greedy mode then I had the spicy chicken empanado (totally awesome). Great place for lunch.