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Ruben's Empanadas

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  • Argentinean, South American
  • 505 Broome St, New York NY10013 40.7237015 -74.0036942
  • (At Watts St)
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  • (212) 334-3351
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User Ratings (Based on 33 reviews)

2.635
Food 2.7 Value 2.7
Service 2.7 Atmosphere 2.3

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 334-3351
Place Order:
Order From Ruben's Empanadas for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Delivery Take Out Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-10:30pm Sat: 8am-10pm Sun: 10am-7pm
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Ruben's Empanadas

    Posted by DG on 10/03/2011

    fool me twice, shame on me

    Tried this place about a year ago and had did not enjoy my experience. Today, since I skipped lunch and needed a little snack to hold me over until dinner, I decided to try them again. The girl cashier was friendlier than the guy who is usually there. You know him, he is always wearing rugby shirts. Anyway, She was nice but when she microwaved my 'Argentine empanada' I was instantly turned off. I chose the 'Argentine' because it was boasted as their most popular. Unfortunately I assumed that it would be the freshest choice. But after one bite, I threw it away. The crust was hard and very dry and the meat was super dry. I could barely swallow. Never again. I'm surprised this place has been here as long as it has. Stay away! $5 footlongs next door are a better value!

  • Ruben's Empanadas

    Posted by S.C. on 08/10/2011

    Surprised by poor reviews

    Passed by and decided to try something different for lunch. Went in at 1:30, it was fairly busy but I got my food within a 5 minutes. Got the Argentine Sausage with rice and beans for $7. Everything was hot and delicious, and for what I consider to be a reasonable value. Staff was friendly. Looked like a nice spot to sit for lunch or happy hour ($7 wine and empanada special). Will go back.

  • Ruben's Empanadas

    Posted by unbiased eater on 07/18/2011

    Poor Restaurant

    We were in search of a bite to eat after skipping lunch. Instead of fast food, we opted for Ruben's. It was their sign outside that boldly stated "Empanadas," that reeled us in, because who doesn't love a good empanada? Did a quick scan of the billboard menu outside to see what to order. At $4 and up for each empanada, it seemed expensive. Hunger got the best of us and we went in even though there was not one patron inside. The lone cashier seemed nice enough and their display of empanadas looked nice as well. We ordered the beef and spicy chicken. Once she grabbed them from the display and proceeded to heat them in the microwave, we almost left right there. To be considered a good restaurant, you should never heat up your food in a microwave for a paying customer. Even the fast food giants don't use microwaves. The only reason we didn't leave was because the cashier seemed nice enough to offer us some hot sauce on the side. She gave us the food, we paid and then we couldn't even eat it there because she kicked us out to close shop i believe. Ended up trying to eat unappetizing and soggy empanadas on the street. Terrible experience and we only gave them a 1.0 for food quality because we were not starving anymore. But, we could've had the same result from eating a pack of gum as well. Would've been more flavor in that at least. The Cons - expensive for an empanada, they reheat using microwave which turned the crust to mush, no flavor in the fillings. The Pros - learned not to eat there again. For the $8 we paid, we could've feasted at Subways, Wendys or even Chinatown. None of whom use a microwave.

  • Ruben's Empanadas

    Posted by neighbor on 07/04/2011

    don't go out of your way

    empanadas are just "ok." i go because its two blocks away on my way home. but they are average at best. The service is incredibly rude. I usually don't care about rudeness, but they are consistantly in a really bad mood, and make you feel like they are doing you a favor.

  • Ruben's Empanadas

    Posted by Reviewer on 04/27/2011

    Doesn't really deliver

    Just moved two blocks from this place. The food is okay for a quick meal/snack. Problem is the service is a bit rude. And i have tried to have delivery 3 times now and each time they say they can't deliver and don't have a reason why... this is during normal business hours. So basically no delivery contrary to what they advertise.

  • Ruben's Empanadas

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2010

    Microwaved & Old

    They microwave the empanadas so they're not fresh. Once I got it, I sat down and bit into it and it was really unappetizing. Dough was hard and it tasted old.

  • Ruben's Empanadas

    Posted by Megs on 06/05/2010

    Um.

    Came back from Argentina craving empanadas. Called ahead to find out what time they closed, and they said 10:30pm. I arrived at 9:55pm, and the guy said they were closed. There were like 15 people in the place. I said, well can we just buy an empanada and take it to go? No, he smirked at me. He didn't want our money. I don't want your empanadas anymore. Good day to you sir.

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