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Jul 16, 2007 05:13 PM

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:

Link to my post about San Antonio from a few years ago:

Dave MP

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  1. 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
    (212) 956-3055

    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.

    1. 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

      1. Bumping this up since I plan to be in NY next month...

        Any recent intelligence on the subject (empanadas in particular)?

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        1. re: Xiao Yang

          Assuming San Antonio Bakery is still the same as it was a few years ago, I recommend it. It was like stepping into Chile. Also, if Chilean food isn't all you want, there are other interesting food options close by. See my post linked above.

          Dave MP