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Empanada Mama
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763 9th Ave New York, NY 10019
763 9th AvenueUSNew YorkNew York10019
(212) 698-9008empmamanyc.com
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Stuffed empanadas & arepas top a menu of Latin goodies like plantain chips & guacamole served 24/7.- Google
"The empanadas are really good and you can choose between corn or wheat flour."
"They also ground beef empanadas but dont get that one."
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Manuel I.
2 months ago
The food is good, but the service has gone downhill. The place is small, so I expect the wait to be long sometimes. However, on my most recent visit (a Monday night), there were 3 empty tables and it took them 10 minutes to clean them up and then I had to go up to the counter and request to be seated. The wait for the food is way too long and they even forgot to bring an arepa we ordered and put it on the bill anyway. I would probably order take out from here, but don't think the service is good if you eat there.
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Mellie Davis
4 months ago
Empanada mama is the best of a small local place and a hangout that you would want to travel from an outer borough to experience. They have great combinations of savory empanadas and a delicious selection of sweet ones. Personal favorites include the guava cheese empanada and the greek spinach empanada. They also give you super tasty sauces, one green and one red. Tasty drinks and Mexican sodas to boot!
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Steve Craig
a month ago
This place is definetly must eat. We waited an hour to get our food but definitely worth it. Open very late.
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The Corcoran Group
3 months ago
This 24 hour, no frills joint is the perfect place to go after a night of drinking when you're craving fried goodness. There's a ton to choose from, but we love the Cuban the most.
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Justin Levine
3 months ago
Empanada Mama is probably the best lunch option in this area. It's a narrow, long space, with only a few employees working. You expect it to be oriented towards take out; while they do that, they also have a full menu. I didn't realize that they were Columbian but apparently they are. The staff was very friendly, the food was prepared fresh, and I was out the door in a few minutes. Firstime I went, I asked for the manager's recommendation of what 2 empanadas to get. He suggested the corn flour empanada with ground beef, and the wheat flour "viagra" empanada. No, there's no little pills chopped up in there and you can eat it wearing a suit; it's just stuffed with a homestyle seafood stew with shrimp, scallops, and crab. The beef empanada was great. It was fried to a crisp with a moderately spiced beef filling. The viagra was even better. The shrimp were high quality and perfectly cooked--no easy feat going from a stew into an empanada. The crab and scallops were chopped up and so blended together; I wish there was a bit more scallops, but there was only so much space to begin with. The whole thing oozed with rich, seafoody goodness. Other empanadas I've gotten are the Philly cheesesteak, chicken, and hamburger, all which were great as well. For $6 in Midtown, this is about as good as you can do for lunch. I didn't think these 2 empanadas would fill me up at first, but they did.
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Jyoti Shankar
4 months ago
We got two corn empanadas (cheese, veggie), a wheat empanada (Greek Feta Spinach) and the plantain chips with the "super spicy" guacamole. The plantain chips were the best of the lot. Not sure why you would call a mild guacamole topped with a bunch of sweet jalapenos "super spicy". The corn empanadas were tastier than the greek wheat one. Though none of it was superficially greasy, they were pretty heavy and oily from within. I guess this is to be expected with fried foods. However, I have definitely had less greasier and tastier empanadas across the DC area. Was okay for a first visit but the inherent oiliness of the fare does not encourage me to return.
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Lauren Cremean
2 months ago
Absolutely delicious arepas & empanadas; best "hole-in-the-wall" place I've been to in NY
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Paul Treanor
5 months ago
I prefer the corn empanadas but everything on the menu is great. The Brasil, Spicy Chicken and Reggaeton are my favorites. Drinks are poured stiff and relatively inexpensive for being so close to Times Square. The restaurant is very small so expect a wait, but well worth it.