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Empanada Mama (Lower East Side)

Buy one empanada, get one free at Empanada Mama.
Yep, no matter the hour, the empanadas at Empanada Mama come stuffed with just about anything our stomach desires, all folded up into a glorious, crispy pocket.
Snacks are a beautiful thing, aren’t they? They have saved us from many an awkward stomach growl in the workplace, numerous midnight kitchen mishaps and even the occasional morning hangovers. Eaten any time of day, the right snack keeps us on our feet, especially when consumed late into a New York City night. At Empanada Mama, they’re carrying the snack torch with pride, lighting up a hungry night ‘til 5 a.m. all seven days a week. Yep, no matter the hour, the empanadas at this Lower East Side stronghold come stuffed with just about anything our stomach desires, all folded up into a glorious, crispy pocket.

Snag one stuffed with one of dozens of fillings, from spicy chicken to gooey cheese steak. The Brasil is a big hit, with a savory filling of ground beef, olives and potatoes. And the Cuban? Loaded with roasted pork, ham and a touch of sofrito. The comically named Viagra is actually one of the most adventurous of the bunch – a blend of crabmeat, scallops and shrimp designed to pack an, ahem, uplifting punch. Get ‘em fried in wheat or corn flour then dip 'em in the spicy red sauce or the tangy green sauce. And don’t be afraid to order another. These golden beauties are here to keep our grumbling stomach in check, whether it's a long day ahead or a long train ride home. Munch onward, snacking friends.

Menu Highlights:
Empanadas, $2.25 to $2.80
Arepas, $3.50 to $6.75
Guacamole, $7.25

Hours:
Sunday - Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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