The empanadas are made with either wheat or corn flour and are filled with dozens of goodies meant to satisfy anyone who crosses the store's threshold. As eaters ourselves, they certainly satisfied us.Conventional wisdom says it's a losing battle to try and please everyone, but Empanada Mama does just that. The empanadas are made with either wheat or corn flour and are filled with dozens of goodies meant to satisfy anyone who crosses the store's threshold. Traditionalists can stick to the Brasil, with its ridiculously flavorful ground beef, olives, and potatoes, or pick up the Cuban, a blend of roast pork, ham, and a touch of sofrito. Adventurous eaters should aim for the seafood-heavy Viagra. And those looking for a classic all-about-the-US-of-A flavor should grab the Cheeseburger with ground beef and cheddar cheese. (Both camps should then hold hands and order a round of chocolate and banana empanadas for dessert, just to say that you did.) As diverse as the fillings get, they're all united by a baseline of fresh ingredients, and all wrapped in perfect, golden crusts. Every single time.
The new Lower East Side outpost is packing all the awesome flavors of the Hell's Kitchen mothership into a smaller, hipper space. Grab one of the 10 stools and enjoy your empanadas while watching the hustle out on Houston, or grab your food to go. Regardless of where you eat, you're going to be satisfied you stopped in.
Empanadas, $2.25 to $2.80
Daily, 11 a.m. to 5 a.m.