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“A must on every trip to NYC- can't wait til it reopens”
Review of Empanada Mama - CLOSED

Empanada Mama
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 10
Cuisines: Colombian, Latin, South American
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Reviewed 30 January 2016

We love this place. It's a tiny "hole in the wall" restaurant near the theater district. Of all the restaurants in Manhattan, this is the one we always go to when we are visiting. This is a tiny restaurant with only about 6 tables and a counter. It is always busy and is open 24 hours. They won't seat you unless your entire party is there. But they are polite and nice when explaining this. It's worth the wait. Since I am gluten free, I order the corn empanadas. The spicy chicken and cheese and broccoli are awesome. The plantain chips are the best I have ever tasted. My son eats the regular empanadas and always brings home extras for the lunch the next day. We were very saddened to hear about the fire and are hoping it will be up and reopened by the time we visit again. In the meantime, I understand they have another location on the LES and we wish the owners and staff all our best hopes for the future.

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Thank bilezmom
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

Empanada Mama has 3 or 4 tables, which tells you that it's really a take-out or delivery joint. The Empanadas are varied and very good. They also do very, very good steak.

It's a little slow because they are very busy and because they do every order one at a time. If you call at 7 or 8 o'clock at night, it is so noisy that it is difficult for the person to take your order.

They seem to open pretty early in the morning too. We once ordered about 8 in the morning because we wanted a bunch of empanadas to take with us for a lunch at a friend's house in
Westchester.

The empanadas are so good that you will likely order a lot. That means that you'll pay a lot. It's not the cheapest place on Nineth Avenue, but it's worth it.

Thank David T
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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Cheap and always delicious! I come here during lunch as the crowds aren't so heavy. I always order the guacamole with fried plantains and we get a few empanadas to share. They push them out of the kitchen quickly and deliver them piping hot to us. A no fuss and no frills kind of place with great food.

Thank Ken S
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

We went late at night after a show, it was packed and a little bit claustrophobic. Somehow we were able to get a table after waiting for a few minutes.
Beers were cold, and the empanadas were delicious. Something different, and we really enjoyed our meal.

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Reviewed 19 January 2016

We ended up going here twice on our visit to NYC. Once for late night empanadas and once for lunch when we tried a main course. Food was great, staff was nice. I suggest the chorizo empanada and the arroz con pollo.

Thank Price-jordan
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