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Empanada Mama
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763 9th Ave New York, NY 10019
763 9th AvenueUSNew YorkNew York10019
Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
South American Restaurant
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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.
a month 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
3 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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Lauren Cremean
a month ago
Absolutely delicious arepas & empanadas; best "hole-in-the-wall" place I've been to in NY
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Jeremy Espenshade
a month ago
Food is alright. Empanadas can be a bit dry and they have limited vegetarian selection. Space is tight and it can be very noisy. I've tried to order take out over the phone and failed due to background noise.
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Justin Levine
2 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
3 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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Steve Craig
in the last week
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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minna seryani
5 months ago
The best empanadas ever! This place does get packed on the weekends around midnight, given that they have limited seating. In the winter I usually just get my food to go, but during the summer I don't mind waiting for a table to open. Even if the wait is an hour, it's totally worth it! They have a huge variety of empanadas which allows me to order different ones each time. The prices are extremely reasonable as well. My favorite place to stop to grab food after dance classes late at night!
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