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Empanada Mama

  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • South American, Latin American, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 763 9th Ave, New York NY10019 40.764439 -73.988649
  • (Btwn 51st & 52nd St)
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  • (212) 698-9008
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User Ratings (Based on 112 reviews)

Food 4.1 Value 3.8
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 3.1

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 698-9008
(212) 698-9150
Major Credit Cards ($15 Min)
Daily: 24 hours
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Delivery, Late Night, Open 24 Hours, Take Out
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
42nd to 62nd St; 5th to 12th Ave

User Reviews

  • Empanada Mama

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/07/2006

    Good Concept, Good Food, Needs Help

    I think the empanadas are good. I agree with the reviewer who said the wait is very looooonnng. Also, they have a minimum charge of $15 for credit cards. If you're ordering only empanadas at an average price of $2.50, it's hard to rack up that amount, much less eat that many empanadas. I generally find the empanadas tasty and the sangria are good too--not too sweet. They need a consultant in there to help them work out some of the kinks and it would be a great neighborhood hang out.

  • Empanada Mama

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/03/2006

    Cute place, Poor service

    I've been here several times--and each time I had to wait at least a half hour for 6 empanadas to be ready to come out. They were tasty--but half an hour is too long to wait for food--ESPECIALLY during lunch time in the city!

  • Empanada Mama

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2005

    Be my empanada mama

    They are the mama of empanadas. Cheese steak is the best mama empanada has ever made.

  • Empanada Mama

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/05/2005

    Excellent Empanadas In Hell's Kitchen

    The selection of empanadas is great, including the unorthodox fillings. The only thing I would change is to increase the number that are baked.

  • Empanada Mama

    Posted by mw on 10/18/2005

    No way jose!

    I was disappointed with the empanadas. I'm always looking for different dishes to enjoy at lunchtime and I walked in this place expecting something more. I ordered one beef and one chicken empanada. They did not even come close. The chicken was dry..almost stale. The beef was shredded which was good but the flavor was lacking. It's a cute setting but they need to come up a notch.

  • Empanada Mama

    Posted by AHaynes on 10/05/2005


    I really expected to be blown away. I've read so many great reviews, but I was sadly disappointed in the end. I guess being West Indian, my expectations may have been set a little higher. The restaurant itself is cute. I saw the avocado salad...HUGE for 7 bucks, 2 can share easily. I think the chef has a little bit of an identity problem...doesn't know if he's Columbian, Greek, Polish or from Philly. The chef had a variety of empanadas that really didn't make sense: a Philly cheese steak empanada, Greek Spinach and cheese empanada, and an empanada filled Polish kilbasa and saurkraut...all this in addition to the traditional beef, pork and chicken. Although I was WAY shocked that he didn't have bacalao (salted cod fish). I guess you can put just about anyting in a piece of dough, fry it and call it an empanada. I found my chicken and pork empanada's a little dry in the inside...in fact, it took me a couple of bites to figure out which was which! The exterior was a bit greasy too. Maybe I should have gone with the baked instead. I may give this place one more try. They had an interesting tapa that I want to try, the chpped mushroom and onion with a slice of cheese (i think) on a half of a baguette...looked yummy, has a Greek name.......oh well.

  • Empanada Mama

    Posted by AT on 10/04/2005


    This place is excellent. Empanadas are fresh, and use shredded beef (in the wheat) contrary to reviews below. The food is delivered fast to my office nearby and arrives hot. This place probably has the best empanadas in the city. I am stuffed after four (about ten bucks). Totally worth it.

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