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Empanada Mama

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Latin, Spanish, South American, Colombian
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763 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019
(212) 698-9008
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Affordable and yummy

Awesome place to eat. Affordable and great food. Service was wonderful. Fun to people watch. The place is small but fun.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
mudell
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atlanta, georgia
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  • Dining on a budget
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atlanta, georgia
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Awesome place to eat. Affordable and great food. Service was wonderful. Fun to people watch. The place is small but fun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a very small place. We were "fortunate" to find 4 seats at a table on the sidewalk. The food was good but pretty small portions. I should have known based on the prices. Good selection for a particular type of food. Have to be a bit adventurous to try different things. I would try something different next time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The empanadas are delicious! I liked the shredded chicken and the ham & cheese. The sangria was good as well. The line can get long, but it moves decently fast. Incredibly cheap- great value.

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New York City, New York
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I have been missing Argentinian empanadas since I arrived in this city and I can't believe I didn't find this place earlier! Amazing empanadas from all over, and very attentive service. Can't recommend high enough.

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michigan
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

First stop after checking into hotel. Inexpensive and delish! Great variety, fresh and efficient! Love Empanada Mama!!!!

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

the place is always busy (we had to wait for a table but not long). The empanadas were fantastic (try the viagara!)

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Canton, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Small place. It was full when we went. But the waiter seated 3 of us at a small table usually used by 2 people.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great place for a late night snack in Hell's Kitchen. We have visited several times, and always get a to-go order to pack in our freezer at home. This is good stuff, the dough is no too thick, and fried perfectly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

These little empanadas pack a lot of flavour. Well worth a visit for lunch. It's busy, which to me is always a good sign, so you might have to wait but don't let that put you off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

They have so many varieties and choices, I have literally tried them all. Can't go wrong. Something for everyone. Great hours. Perfect location. Try them ALL

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 763 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 698-9008

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Latin, Spanish, South American, Colombian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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