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Empanada Mama

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Midtown
Latin, South American, Colombian
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763 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10019
(212) 698-9008
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Yummy food. Friendly service.

Definitely worth a stop here. Multitude of options here for a reasonable price. Enjoyed the Viagra empanadas. And the plantain chips with appetizer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Msjem00
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San Francisco Area
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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San Francisco Area
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Definitely worth a stop here. Multitude of options here for a reasonable price. Enjoyed the Viagra empanadas. And the plantain chips with appetizer.

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Boston, MA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC. Since it can get super crowded, go at an off time if possible and don't be put off by how close you are to the people dining next to you. It's totally worth being squished in. The empanadas are of course delicious and we appreciate that we can order them baked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Loved everything. Really cozy, authentic atmosphere from back home, delicious freshly made empanadas

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Boston, Massachusetts
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225 reviews 225 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is the only place you need to know about if you are running around and clubbing/attending concerts and you just want something yummy delivered to your hotel at any weird hour. In the course of a 3 day weekend I ordered EM 5 times between myself and my friends. This place kicks butt!!!! They need to franchise this place... More 

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

At first glance as you are walking along 9th Ave, Empanada Mama would appear to be a small, fast food Latin restaurant. On the contrary, me and my friends were really surprised when we entered cozier restaurant. It's what you kind of expect in the city, not a large spacious layout but they've got a fair amount of seats and... More 

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New York City, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Gets crowded because it has reasonable prices for this neighborhood. We have been twice but with so many options in the area I would probably say we won't rush back. Sort of a fast food feel from the service.

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Pennington, New Jersey
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130 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Came here on hunch for a quick bite and ate here. Ordered the delicious option of a Brazil style empanada and it just barely was enough and I really should have ordered more, but since they fry to order it takes some time to make The 2 side sauces that came along with the empanada were also delicious. They service... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Even with the numerous high-end and find dining options in NYC, this casual joint remains the favorite. The menu includes several options, but we have only had the empanadas along with some of the sides. Get fried plantains and guacamole, they are outstanding! There are many empanada options. They are fairly filling so it would take several trips to try... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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179 reviews 179 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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28 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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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, South American, Colombian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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