763 9th Ave At 51st St
New York 10019
Yes! Finally got my camera battery back. I’m officially back in Blog publishing again with photos. Went out to Empanada Mama last month over on 9th avenue (basically across the street from the Afghan Kebab restaurant and Island Burgers). Empanada Mama is a colorful boutique restaurant that specializes in all types of empanadas including the normal beef, pork and chicken as well as some gourmet non-fried baked. I got the “cubana” empanada which is roast pork. The empanadas are served in individual paper bags and stamped with your order and served in a basket along with a green and red hot sauce. It took almost 20 minutes before I got my order – maybe it was just a rush time or maybe it was because my empanada was baked and it takes longer. Anyways it was a pretty good empanada – the crust was baked to a golden brown and the roast pork was juicy and tender. The sauces made it even more delicious. Compared to Hilda’s empanadas up in Spanish Harlem, these empanadas are pretty authentic although a lot more expensive than Hilda’s $1 each handmades.