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763 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019
(212) 698-9008
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Ranked #214 of 11,869 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Colombian, Latin, South American
Neighborhood:
Midtown
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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171 reviews 171 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

What a fun place. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is small, but you can sit at the bar if you don't mind a little bumping now and then. The empanadas are abut the size of your palm and stuffed full of meat and spices and whatever you desire. The spicy chicken is terrific. We tried several different ones... More 

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New York City, New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I like this Mid-town Manhattan restaurant because I can get varied sweet and savory delicious empanadas here. The empanadas are decently priced for Manhattan and you can also have them delivered easily. I have tried different empanadas here but I still prefer the beef ones. My order is never complete without a serving of the Tostones. I really like these... More 

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San Jose, California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a small inexpensive restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. Just a short walk from the 8th street theaters and worth the extra walk. The empanadas are excellent - all fresh ingredients- and so are the soups. There were man great dishes on the menu I would like to have tried and hope to go again. I's also open 24 hours... More 

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Berkeley, California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

So you have to like little bits or bites of foods, like sliders would be to hamburgers, this Argentina inspired filled dough sandwiches are fresh and original, and good value for the price. Small place and can get crowded but worth the wait if you can. Leftovers are especially good later on!

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California
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184 reviews 184 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

In case you think you can't eat a god meal in NYC without paying an arm and a leg you should try Empanada Mama. The food is delicious and not just the empanadas. My favorite dish was the pollo a la plancha - flat chicken breast cooked on a grill with interesting spices. Of course the empanadas were good and... More 

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We tried the ground beef empanadas, chorizo, rice and beans??? and yes they were all great! We also ate the steak, the breaded steak and it could not be better and the mojitos were great as well. Worth the walk!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Just like my Abuela's exquisite food. If you are searching for some good black frijoles and rice then this is the place.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This place is so Good. We ordered delivery to our apartment one night and it arrived extremely quick and still hot. They green and red sauce mixed together dipped with the empanadas are absolutely amazing. The food is offered at extremely good value and allows you to offer multiple items because the food looks so good you just want to... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Inexpensive for pretty tasty empanadas, the hot sauce (chili sauce) is delicious. If you don't mind rubbing shoulders with strangers in the tight tables and continuous booth; give this place a try.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Chicken Empanada - I am likely to crave those in future. The corn pastry is so delicious. Love the sauces that go with the savoury empanadas too. A cilantro sauce and a chilli sauce. Will definitely be back for a snack. I didn't try anything else but am curious about the dessert ones. Next trip to NYC perhaps...

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Address: 763 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: (212) 698-9008
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Colombian, Latin, South American

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