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Posted by Annoyed on 03/12/2009
Ordered in: food was stone cold, one dish was missing, the spinach and cheese was really filled with bacon (Im vegetarian), and the belgian chocolate and banana empanada I always look forward to had raw, undercooked bananas! Oh and the lady on the phone was not helpful, to say the least. The idea of ordering in vs cooking is supposedly for your life to be less aggravating! They appparently didnt get that memo
Posted by anonymous on 03/12/2009
The food, service and ambience were all very mediocre. It took them forever to seat us even though there was clearly a table open and then it took us forever to order and get the check - this even though it was early and the place was not crowded. The food was disappointing and the empanada fillings were bizarre (teriyaki?). At least it was cheap but even then I'd say don't bother.
Posted by tc on 03/05/2009
the food here is good, interesting... but not amazing. the service is slow... and almost makes the experience a compete disaster. go early, or not at all
Posted by Not Worth It on 03/04/2009
definitely not worth it...tiny place with horrible service. food is okay but definitely not worth the rude, slow service.
Posted by EaglesFan26 on 02/08/2009
I enjoyed my meal at Empanada Mama, I tried a Cheesesteak Arepa and a Chicken Empanada, both were excellent. My girlfriend also really enjoyed her food. Service was a little ambivalent, but nobody was mean, however we did order fries and never got them and they tried to charge us anyway. We got it fixed but that was sort of idiocy. Overall, we enjoyed the food, but service could be better.
Posted by J. L. on 02/03/2009
The food is excellent!! Great food for the price. The service has always been pleasant everytime I've sat down...very friendily. The only problem with the place is that's it's evry small. They only have about 10 tables that seats two. So if you have a party of 3 or more on Saturday night, prepare for a VERY long wait.
Posted by Mike on 01/23/2009
Three of us went for a bite on Sunday (Jan 18) night around 10:00pm and had some great "empanadillas" (that's how we call them in PR). Even though the place is very small we found a place to sit upon arrival. Since my friends didn't wanted sangria I had a glass and it was big enough to enjoy it. We tried the Brasil empanada (which is the equivalent of an almost genuine clasical argentinian empanadilla), the shredded chicken , chicken & brocoli teriyaki and the chorizo empanada; and they were all very good. We also tried as an appetizer the guacamole and it came with excellent "platanutres" or plantain chips; we ordered it spicy and it was really spicy, but very very good. I think that previous reviews that say that they are slow do not know that this food tastes much better if it is done at the moment; so it is better to wait than to have it pre-done. Our waitress was ok but it surprised us that he did not speak spanish; the menu of the place makes it look like South American to us (we are from Puerto Rico) or like a mixtur of Cuban, Venezuelan, Mexican and Chilean. For take out I had a papaya milk shake and it was good also. We will definetely come back on our next visit to NY.