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Feb 3, 2009 05:25 AM

Sunnyside Empanadas?

The bakery on Greenpoint and 47th I went to yesterday. They were meh, only offered beef or chicken. I got beef, the crust was a bit gritty and mushy but the beef/potato filling was fine, not much meat in there at all.

I've had mamas empanadas both on greenpoint and at another location and haven't really liked them. I think they're all frozen. Am I missing something?

Sur La Empanada I haven't been to yet. Planning on today or tomorrow unless it gets a real bad review. Do they have anything else there, like soup so I can make a meal out of it.

I know there are other places, any recs greatly appreciated. I'm non the lookout for baked empanadas, but if it's good I'm eating it.


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  1. there's a coffee shop that has good empanadas. they put a lot of love into them.
    52nd Station Coffee House
    5111 43rd Ave
    Woodside, NY 11377

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    1. re: Jeffsayyes

      When were you last there? I passed by around mid-December and the storefront was vacant. Hope they found another space somewhere.

      1. re: squid kun

        oh damn. havent been there since december at least. Other than the empanadas, they werent that skilled at anything. they were passionate, but I questioned why anyone would really get lunch there. that sucks, but the strong survive.

    2. Used to go a lot to El Buen Sabor, on Queens Blvd at 46th st? Same side of the boulevard as the T-Mobile, about a half-block away; lotta good stuff besides empanadas as well (their daily soups, pan de bono, etc.)

      Mama's empanadas are all frozen yes.

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      1. re: bigjeff

        Definitely agree on El Buen Sabor. Their Columbian style empanadas are better than the nearby specialty empanada shops, and their lunch stuff - especially the very hearty soups - is pretty good too. Not much English spoken, but very nice people.

        1. re: bigjeff

          I'll definitely try that. Any word on Sur La empanada?

          Yesterday I went to the "I love PY" bakery on greenpoint near 43rd st. Emps were good, probably would have been alot better if i got there when they were fresh. I also had a strange beef soup with minced ground beef in it, not bad tho i wouldnt get it again. There's more about this place here:

          1. re: 2slices

            Sur has a website here: I went once a month or two ago. They are baked when you order so they're nice and fresh. Not all the varieties are the most authentic, but they're pretty healthy (if that's a virtue) and tasty.

            1. re: catherine

              Adding place info ...

              Mama's Empanadas
              42-18 Greenpoint Ave, Queens, NY 11104

              El Buen Sabor
              45-07 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

              I Love Py
              43-16 Greenpoint Ave, Queens, NY 11104

              Sur Empanadas
              45-57 47th St, Queens, NY 11377