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Empanada Mama - CLOSED


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Certificate of Excellence2016 Winner


US$5 - US$10
Latin, Spanish, South American, Colombian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours

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Cheeseburger - ground beef cooked in traditional latin spices with cheddar cheese
Desayuno Colombian
Colombian pork sausage, cheddar cheese, eggs and Spanish onion
Desayuno Americano
top round steak, cheddar cheese, eggs, Spanish onion
Jerk N Cheese
jerk marinated chicken w/ swiss
El Bandito
traditional mole (bitter chocolate & coffee), braised beef, black beans, cheddar cheese
simple and delicious, stuffed with mozzarella
Cheese Pizza
mama's tomato sauce and mozzarella
Spicy Chicken
chicken breast slow cooked in mama's special picante sauce
Shredded Chicken
chicken breast slow cooked w/ sofrito sauce
Shredded Beef
slow cooked beef marinated in traditional Colombian spices, with onion
traditional Brazilian style w/ ground beef, olives, onion, & potato
mushrooms, cabbage, ginger, soy, scallions, & cilantro
steamed potatoes, carrots and lima beans
Jerk n Cheese
jerk marinated chicken w/ Swiss
Colombian corn empanada stuffed with mozzarella
Broccoli & Cheese
mozzarella and sautéed broccoli
Shredded Chicken
chicken breast slow cooked with sofrito sauce
Ground Beef
traditional Colombian style ground beef
BBQ Pulled Pork
roast pork, onions, peppers, cheddar bbq sauce
Viagra Corn
mama's seafood stew w/ Fresh tiger shrimp, crab meat
$3.99. Wheat flour empanadas
Greek Spinach Pie
classic Greek style with spinach & feta
Shredded Chicken
sautéed with sofrito sauce & red peppers
Ground Beef
sautéed with onions, Latin herbs & spices
Eggplant Parmesan
tomato, oregano, basil, red wine, lots of parmesan & mozzarella
Polish sausage (kielbasa) sauteed with sauerkraut and mustard
El Ruben
shredded bee, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, Swiss, caraway seeds
Make it Even Sweeter - add scoop of vanilla ice cream $2.95, homemade bitter sweet chocolate sauce $1.50, caramel or chocolate syrup $1.25, whipped cream $1.25
Romeo & Juliet (Corn, Wheat)
guava w/ mozzarella cheese
Sweet Figs (Baked, Wheat)
ripe figs, caramel and cheese
Caramel & Cheese (Wheat)
warm caramel w/ mozzarella
U.S.A (Baked, Wheat)
apples and cinnamon
Belgian & Banana (Wheat)
melted Belgian chocolate & bananas
Sweet Plantains (Baked, Wheat)
mashed sweet plantains w/ mozzarella
Coco & Dulce de Leche (Corn, Wheat)
shredded coconut, dulce de leche, bitter sweet chocolate sauce
Small, Serves 2 $22.5
Large, Serves 4 $38.95
strips of grilled skirt steak, chicken, fried arepa, yuca, Chicharron, chorizo, & green plantain
Mamas House Nachos
house made plantain chips, pulled pork, cheddar cheese, black beans & guacamole
Yucca Frita and Plantain Chips
Spicy guava sauce, sour cream and guacamole regular, mild, or hot
with plantain chips, regular, mild, or hot
Yucca Frita
fried yuca served with spicy guava sauce and sour cream
fried sweet plantains
fried fresh pork belly w/ tostones, green & red salsa
Colombian Sausage
with arepa (griddle corn cake & lemon)
mashed fried green plantains garlic puree
Seafood Ranchero
prawns, scallops, crab, shredded lettuce, dill and pickles
marinated pulled pork, Colombian spiced
Spicy Chicken
cilantro, sour cream, smoked paprika
three per order $12.50
Al Pastor
slow cooked shredded pernil, pineapple, chipotle salsa, onion, cilantro
Mole Mole
shredded beef, pomegranate mole, avocado, and aji picante
Plain Homemade Arepa
sweet corn griddle cake w/ melted mozzarella cheese
Starting at $5.50. Choose from our toppings to create your own arepa
shredded bee, shredded chicken, pork ham, or Ground Beef
Avocado $2.25
maduro, tomato, red or black beans
mozzarella, cheddar, swiss, feta, blue
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We asked our hotel clerk for a great breakfast recommendation and he suggested Empanada Mama in Hell's Kitchen. Lovers of Cuban food, we tried it and absolutely loved it! The restaurant was clean, colorfully decorated, and the servers were delightful. The menu was extensive and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kindtraveler2016
Reviewed 20 March 2018

I have been here several times and have order all kind of food from the menu, lately I had three tacos (heavenly) and pierna asada empanada (glorious), my feeling is that no matter your order you cannot go wrong. My hubby and I had a...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Juantoronto
Reviewed 27 February 2018

I went there twice with my husband to eat empanadas and arepas, with fernet. They have a big menu. The music is a little bit too high, it's very hard to talk. Some customers were rude not allowing people to grab a sit in the...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank maite b
Reviewed 26 December 2017

After going out, until 4am, I was very hungry! Just around the corner, from where I had been, here was the answer to my hunger! I had the Mama's Nachos, added a fried egg, extra goodness! Nice staff, good - loooking, good atmosphere, and, open...More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Love this Colombian food restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. I just ate here with several friends and we had a wonderful lunch. The food was really good. The service was excellent and friendly and fast. It's not inexpensive but nothing in NYC really is. I highly...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank ClintPage
Reviewed 26 October 2017

I've loved this place for year. Whenever I visit NYC (twice a year) I will stop in. Now, a few years back, this location had a fire and was closed for some time. It is now open again, about seemingly about 4 times bigger than...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Fsuga
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Really nice restaurant in a great street within the Hells Kitchen Area. We've been helped by Angel, a really nice and kind guy! The food was delicious and we'd recommend the Platain chips with guacamole on the side because it goes perfectly with all the...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank merinafca
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This was my first time actually eating in the restaurant. We usually order these late at night for room service when we visit NY. Even better inside because we had good service and nothing's better than piping hot food. We ordered a variety of tasty...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Created2Travel
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Wonderful little spot with fantastic food. They will make, fresh and hot, any number of empanadas with various fillings, in several different types of shells. We had spicy, mild, savory, and sweet on our trips there. It is small, so huddle up and enjoy meeting...More

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Carroll G
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Enjoyed delicious ham & cheese empanada, guacamole, plantain chips, and a mango shake. Tiny restaurant and the single restroom was unavailable for repair (not fun for a pregnant gal). Otherwise, very much enjoyed our lunch.

Date of visit: January 2016
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