Empanada Mama Opens Doors on First Avenue

  Last modified on June 22nd, 2024

Empanada Mama has landed on the UES, opening its fifth NYC location at 1435 First Avenue, between 74th and 75th streets.

The long-anticipated Colombian eatery – which has locations on the Lower East Side, in the East Village, Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square – plans to have its grand opening in about a week.


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“Our menu of over forty empanada flavors stuffed and sealed with wheat or corn based shells is designed to hit a nostalgic nerve,” the restaurant states on its website.

In addition to their traditional empanadas, they’ve got options influenced by a variety of ethnic backgrounds, like their Polish empanada with kielbasa and sauerkraut; a Hawaiian empanada with ham, cheese and pineapple; and an Italian, stuffed with sausage, peppers and onions.

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“Other small offerings include arepas, tamales, and veal and rice balls, fork-tender meatballs in a lemon-based gravy,” according to Empanada Mama’s website.

The fifteen-year-old establishment also serves a popular double-patty smashburger and watermelon salad, an array of sandwiches, and a generous list of cocktails. Its happy hours feature discounted margaritas, Piña Coladas and sangria.

Empanada Mama is currently open at 1435 First Avenue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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