The best Chilean empanadas (and Chilean in general)
A thread on the San Francisco board on the topic of Chilean empanadas shifted to talk about Chilean food in Manhattan and Queens. I'll be in New York City in a few weeks, so I'm wondering if anyone has any new finds.
I have been to San Antonio Bakery #2 in Astoria, and to the pizza/empanada place at Amsterdam and 74th or so? that has Chilean empanadas. Any other recommendations?
Link to thread on SF Bay Area board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421292
Link to my post about San Antonio from a few years ago: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/242253
I recently ate at a fabulous Chilean restaurant (IMHO) in Manhattan, on 46th Street between 8th and 9th:
371 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
We first stopped between a how and dinner elsewhere and enjoyed honey-dew melon Sangria--one of the best drinks I have ever had. Made with Pisco, simple syrup, honeydew melon, and chardonnay (Chilean of course). The hospitable owner, the attractive decor, and the interesting menu that we returned the next Tuesday before another show. Everything we had was delicious, and the service was excellent. They do have empenadas (see menu at website), but we did not have them.
I've never eaten inside Pomaire, but at the Taste of Times Square in June, I was pleasantly surprised by their batarang-shaped beef empanada (first photo below; click for a larger view). The Chilean stall at the Red Hook ball fields prepares a more delicately crusted version that bolsters the beef with chunks of hardboiled egg (second photo).
371 W 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
Red Hook Recreation Center soccer fields
155 Bay St, Brooklyn, NY 11231