Empenadas in Manhattan
- Sr. Caricatura Sep 23, 2004 03:11 PM
My wife and I love the casual latin-american bakeries (like _El Nuevo_) in Jackson Heights, particularly for the awesome empenadas. What's the best place for a similar experience in Manhattan? Ideally I'm looking for a bakery-like setup, not a sit-down restaurant, but any suggestion will do. Thanks!
I have not sampled empanadas from any Latin-American bakeries, but I like the ones at Havana Pies, on E. 23rd St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. There's a big variety, both savory and sweet. The information on their web site states that they have booths and tables, but unless they've recently expanded considerably and added booths and more tables, I wouldn't call this place a "restaurant." The last time I was there a couple of months ago, there were, as previously, only 2 or 3 tables. So, I'd describe it as a small eat-in/take-out shop.
Havana Pies is good for filling the void. I like their Cuban Sandwich Empanada
But one of the best I've had in the city has been @ CAFECITO on Ave.C b/w 12th & 13th St. Had their picadillo (beef) empanada twice, and twice it has been great. Flaky, crispy crust with a juicy, savory, well-seasoned picadillo inside.
It is a restaurant, casual, and very good.
i got the goods you want! SUCELT has a great variety. 14th street and 8th avenue. also, cuban SWEETHEART BAKERY nearby on 14th ave below 8th avenue has recently added new versions of their three basics empanadas of spinich, beef and chicken. now they have a ham&corn and also a tuna version too. overall SUCELTS are the best by far, and that is including RUEBENS and HAVANA too.
Okay. Forget about Ruben's Empanadas in the East Village on 1st Avenue. They are tasteless and dry, dry, dry. The fillings remind me of frozen mush stuff you get at fairs. YUCK! Also, the guy at the counter is not friendly, even when you try to be nice. I never told him that the food sucked and he already had a bad attitude. I am VERY friendly and open and this guy was a sourpuss. I wanted to like the food, but I didn't even finish the small one I had. It was that bad. I went to go get a smoothie to wash down what I did eat. Sorry, but, it was bad, man.