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Apr 11, 2008 01:26 PM

Baked Empanadas

I recently went to Argentina, and now I'm completely craving baked empanadas. I've been to Chimichurri Grill, Buenos Aires, Gaucho Quick Grill, and La Rural. They all have fried empanadas. La Rural's were absolutely the best, but I'm still craving baked Argentine empanadas. Mama Empanada in Hell's Kitchen has baked empanadas that are very very dry, and they can't hold a candle to the kind I had Argentina. Does anyone know where I can find these ubiquitous baked empanadas? I'm willing to travel anywhere within the NY metropolitan area to find these fantastic savory treats. Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Have you been to the place in Queens - El Guachito, I think? They were quite good.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      No, I haven't tried any of the restaurants in Queens. Were the empanadas at El Gauchito baked?

        1. re: MMRuth

          Here's "the place" for it.

          El Gauchito
          94-60 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

          1. re: MMRuth

            Awesome, thanks! I'll check it out.

            : )

            1. re: hellskitchenette

              Hmm ... now my husband says he remembers them as "not to great" ... and a bit dry, but, they were baked. So maybe I'm remembering them wrong ...

              There are good empanadas at Zebu Grill, but Brazilian, and I'm pretty sure they are fried, btw ...

              If you post this specific query about baked empanadas on the Outer Boroughs board, maybe you can get more feedback. Don't want to send you on a wild goose chase based on my faulty recollection!

          2. re: MMRuth

            MMRuth, have you had saltenas (baked empanandas) in southern Bolivia or northern Argentina?

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              No, I haven't - sadly - only been to Buenos Aires - but that was ages ago now ....

              1. re: MMRuth

                Actually, the saltenas are the fried Argentine empanadas that are more popular in the northern part of Argentina. In Buenos Aires, for example, fried empanadas were the exception to the rule. Baked empanadas were the norm. And they were fantastic.

                Also, I followed MMRuth's suggestion and repost this in the Outer Boroughs board.

                Thanks to everyone for their help.

                1. re: hellskitchenette

                  We called the baked ones saltenas in Tarija, Bolivia. Same in northern Argentina.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    Oh, wow. I had no idea. I lived in Santiago del Estero for a while in Argentina, and more recently I was there again on my honeymoon (we also went to Mendoza, Iguazu, & Buenos Aires). My family in Santiago del Estero makes the baked ones, but whenever we've had the fried ones they call them saltenas. I guess, it's a regional thing. Thanks!

      1. There is an Argentinean bakery on 8th Avenue, one block south of 14th on the west side of the street. Options are a little limited, but the empanadas are pretty good for Manhattan.

        In the outer boroughs, you might try Krystal's in Woodside. Empanadas are Filipino, but still baked and a good combination of salty, sweet and savory.

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        1. re: JungMann

          Ruben's Empanadas are award winning. I haven't had them myself, so can't verify. It's downtown Manhattan, close to Broom St on the west side, don't remember exact address. I'd start there.

        2. Go to Horcon Bistro, a Chilean Restaurant in Rego Park, Queens, close to the Queens Mall. The empanadas are the best I've ever had, for real. The chef is chilean so I think you'll be happy! 62-16 Woodhaven Blvd - between Dry Harbor Road and 62nd.

          1. I used to like rubens when i was first introduced to empanadas, so i don't really know how theyd stack up now. but i think they were pretty good at the time.

            My best empanadas so far has been at 52nd station coffee house
            5111 43rd Ave
            Woodside, NY 11377

            real integrity in those empanadas.