Empanada Mama in Hell’s Kitchen is one of my favorite default places for a good, cheap meal. I’m a guac fanatic, and tend to gravitate towards their plantains/guac ($6.95) to start. It’s the combo of the two here more than guac here that makes it great.
I also seldom stray from my favorite empanadas there: their pizza empanada (super cheesy and delicious), spicy chicken (it’s legit spicy), their mushroom/onion baked empanada (only get this if you LOVE mushrooms like I do). Each empanada is only $2.50-$3.
They serve it with a green chutney sauce, and a sweet and sour sauce that you have to try. Don’t let the small size of the empanadas fool you either — with an appetizer, two or three could easily fill you up. It can get busy here, and sometimes the service can be slow, but they’re usually not too bad considering it’s such a small place.
Random note to Shazia: For the last time, it’s not called Mama Empanada!!
763 9th Avenue
btw 51st and 52nd
New York, NY 10019-6313
Hell’s Kitchen/Midtown West