Empanada Joe's

★★★☆☆
  • 2857 Broadway

    New York, NY 10025

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  • 212-678-0022

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The place is kind of blah. I thought that overall the food and service couldve been better for sure.
To be honest with you Hardees / Red Burrito mexican food tastes better... A lot better.

The servers are a little dumb as well. The asked me what I had to drink every time that I had a refill. Which isn't too terrible I guess, but c'mon.

At least the place isn't as bad as magueys!

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★★☆☆☆

The place is kind of blah. I thought that overall the food and service couldve been better for sure.
To be honest with you Hardees / Red Burrito mexican food tastes better... A lot better.

The servers are a little dumb as well. The asked me what I had to drink every time that I had a refill. Which isn't too terrible I guess, but c'mon.

At least the place isn't as bad as magueys!

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I grew up in a very Hispanic neighborhood. I know all about GOOD empanada's. This place does not. The Empanada's are baked and are tasteless. The sides are horrible. Very pricey for the quality.

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★☆☆☆☆

I grew up in a very Hispanic neighborhood. I know all about GOOD empanada's. This place does not. The Empanada's are baked and are tasteless. The sides are horrible. Very pricey for the quality.

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Sitting on here now finishing the sausage egg and cheese empanadas. Pretty tasty and not too highly priced. However, the drinks are what eat at your wallet. Water was $2.28. Uh...seriously?

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★★★★☆

Sitting on here now finishing the sausage egg and cheese empanadas. Pretty tasty and not too highly priced. However, the drinks are what eat at your wallet. Water was $2.28. Uh...seriously?

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GREAT concept...delicious empanadas (and such a wide selection). and good value as well. highly recommended for a healthy (check out the listed calories), quick meal

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★★★★★

GREAT concept...delicious empanadas (and such a wide selection). and good value as well. highly recommended for a healthy (check out the listed calories), quick meal

Pros: quick service, great food

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I like empanada joes. I had their cheese steak and pulled pork empanada the other day. These empanadas seem to be toasted through this conveyor belt oven while you wait . When I got mine they were hot and flaky, the pulled pork was very tender and flavorful and the chessesteak was really delicious. I don't see how that empanada could be only a 160 calories (oh yeah, they hand you these calorie cards) Anyway I really liked my empanadas and for around 7 bucks I got these two empanadas along with the delicious pasta salad and potato salad plus a pepsi.

If your like me and sick of greasy looking stores selling greasy food check out EJ's.you be glas you did.

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★★★★★

I like empanada joes. I had their cheese steak and pulled pork empanada the other day. These empanadas seem to be toasted through this conveyor belt oven while you wait . When I got mine they were hot and flaky, the pulled pork was very tender and flavorful and the chessesteak was really delicious. I don't see how that empanada could be only a 160 calories (oh yeah, they hand you these calorie cards) Anyway I really liked my empanadas and for around 7 bucks I got these two empanadas along with the delicious pasta salad and potato salad plus a pepsi.

If your like me and sick of greasy looking stores selling greasy food check out EJ's.you be glas you did.

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First off, these are not the BEST empanadas you will have in New York. But they're by no means BAD! I had the chorizo, beef, and tomato/basil and all were just fine. As for some idiotic comments below... You should know empanadas aren't Mexican (they're made almost everywhere in Latin America) and they also aren't SUPPOSED to be fried, that's just one way of cooking them. For example in Argentina you will have quite a hard time finding any fried empanada, they are all baked (which is healthier for you anyway). Also these aren't SMALL empanadas, they are normal sized. If you want a huge calzone go to an Italian restaurant.

Prices are kind of high, but not crazy considering you're in midtown.
I say try it out!

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★★★☆☆

First off, these are not the BEST empanadas you will have in New York. But they're by no means BAD! I had the chorizo, beef, and tomato/basil and all were just fine. As for some idiotic comments below... You should know empanadas aren't Mexican (they're made almost everywhere in Latin America) and they also aren't SUPPOSED to be fried, that's just one way of cooking them. For example in Argentina you will have quite a hard time finding any fried empanada, they are all baked (which is healthier for you anyway). Also these aren't SMALL empanadas, they are normal sized. If you want a huge calzone go to an Italian restaurant.

Prices are kind of high, but not crazy considering you're in midtown.
I say try it out!

Pros: Flavor, Cleanliness

Cons: Price

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You have to be either rich or completely out of your mind to eat at this place. Empanadas are over priced. Not worth it. I don't know what Empanada Joes folks were thinking when they wrote the business plan.

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★☆☆☆☆

You have to be either rich or completely out of your mind to eat at this place. Empanadas are over priced. Not worth it. I don't know what Empanada Joes folks were thinking when they wrote the business plan.

Pros: Staff is nice, interior is great but the

Cons: Food is terrible

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They were fresh and tasty... why complain. It's still fast food. The place is new and clean, and the people are friendly when serving. I enjoyed my meal and it filled me up.. Nothing to complain about at all.. I'll eat there again when I'm in the mood for a quick emapanada

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★★★★☆

They were fresh and tasty... why complain. It's still fast food. The place is new and clean, and the people are friendly when serving. I enjoyed my meal and it filled me up.. Nothing to complain about at all.. I'll eat there again when I'm in the mood for a quick emapanada

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I tried this place out on Tuesday. The service was fine and the place was nice, but the food left something to be desired. One reviewer said that this place was essentially selling "hotpockets", and honestly, I can't disagree with that. They aren't empanadas. Normally, I am very forgiving to fast food places like this because you pay for what you get and I would never expect even 3 star food, but this place charges $4 for one 'hotpocket' that isn't very large. That means I have to shell out about $15 just to get a full meal. Kind of a ripoff for even subpar fast food (Not to mention a box of hot pockets at the grocery store are around $5 for a box).

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★☆☆☆☆

I tried this place out on Tuesday. The service was fine and the place was nice, but the food left something to be desired. One reviewer said that this place was essentially selling "hotpockets", and honestly, I can't disagree with that. They aren't empanadas. Normally, I am very forgiving to fast food places like this because you pay for what you get and I would never expect even 3 star food, but this place charges $4 for one 'hotpocket' that isn't very large. That means I have to shell out about $15 just to get a full meal. Kind of a ripoff for even subpar fast food (Not to mention a box of hot pockets at the grocery store are around $5 for a box).

Pros: none

Cons: over priced, little portions

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I know that the popular right-wing (some would say fascist) website Food and Pants has done a smear job on this place, but trust me, I have never had empanadas this good. EJ's uses the freshest ingredients sealed into a moistly delicious crescent-shaped shell which is perfect for people on the go. The shell itself is paper thin and toasted to flaky perfection. Fight the fascists, go eat at Empanada Joe's!

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★★★★★

I know that the popular right-wing (some would say fascist) website Food and Pants has done a smear job on this place, but trust me, I have never had empanadas this good. EJ's uses the freshest ingredients sealed into a moistly delicious crescent-shaped shell which is perfect for people on the go. The shell itself is paper thin and toasted to flaky perfection. Fight the fascists, go eat at Empanada Joe's!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: None!

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One word: Terrible

They give you a Hot Pocket and a cup of Frank's hot sauce. Worst yet, they charge almost $4 for an empanada the size of a grown mans thumb. You have to spend almost $20 to get a full meal. No thanks. That doesn't work for fast food. The worst part is that the empanadas aren't even authentic. They are supposed to be fried. I realize Empanada Joes is trying to be health-conscious, but you technically aren't getting what they claim to sell. Not to mention the food itself is bland and boring (microwavable Hot Pocket).

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★☆☆☆☆

One word: Terrible

They give you a Hot Pocket and a cup of Frank's hot sauce. Worst yet, they charge almost $4 for an empanada the size of a grown mans thumb. You have to spend almost $20 to get a full meal. No thanks. That doesn't work for fast food. The worst part is that the empanadas aren't even authentic. They are supposed to be fried. I realize Empanada Joes is trying to be health-conscious, but you technically aren't getting what they claim to sell. Not to mention the food itself is bland and boring (microwavable Hot Pocket).

Pros: Friendly Staff, Clean Store

Cons: The Food is terrible and over-priced to the max.

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La Lutin got just about everything wrong. It's Famous Famiglia, not La Famiglia, and it's located next to the newly opened Empanada Joe's, not across the street. More important, Empanada Joe's is a welcome addition to our neighborhood. I find many of their pastries quite tasty, especially the pulled pork and the Argentine beef. But then what do you want from someone who recommends Taco Bell or thinks that empanadas have to be Mexican?

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★★★★☆

La Lutin got just about everything wrong. It's Famous Famiglia, not La Famiglia, and it's located next to the newly opened Empanada Joe's, not across the street. More important, Empanada Joe's is a welcome addition to our neighborhood. I find many of their pastries quite tasty, especially the pulled pork and the Argentine beef. But then what do you want from someone who recommends Taco Bell or thinks that empanadas have to be Mexican?

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Empanada Joe's is the savior of fast food. Not only is the food unique to NY but it is far more healthy than burgers,hot dogs, and fried chicken [with their mystery meat]. The service was excellent,fast and courtious along with a very cool setting. I tried three empanadas all excellent. Being latin I'm happy to see an upscale fast food restaurant that is healthy without sacrificing taste. The price is also right .....quality at a reasonable cost. If you want excellent fast food that's also healthy this is your place.

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★★★★★

Empanada Joe's is the savior of fast food. Not only is the food unique to NY but it is far more healthy than burgers,hot dogs, and fried chicken [with their mystery meat]. The service was excellent,fast and courtious along with a very cool setting. I tried three empanadas all excellent. Being latin I'm happy to see an upscale fast food restaurant that is healthy without sacrificing taste. The price is also right .....quality at a reasonable cost. If you want excellent fast food that's also healthy this is your place.

Pros: healthy and unique

Cons: we need more stores

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I've tried Empanada Joe's a handful of times, each time hoping they will finally get it right (it did just open, so I didn't want to write it off too quickly). Each time I have been miserably disappointed. The empanadas (if you can even call them that if you've ever eaten REAL empanadas) are small, dry, and have barely any filling. And for that, you pay $3.50 apiece? I don't think so. I know there aren't that many options for good fast food in the neighborhood, but do yourself a favor and go across the street for some pizza at la Famiglia. Or go to Taco Bell at 125. At least it's reliably tasty and more legitimately Mexican than this place (yes, that's how bad this place is!).

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★☆☆☆☆

I've tried Empanada Joe's a handful of times, each time hoping they will finally get it right (it did just open, so I didn't want to write it off too quickly). Each time I have been miserably disappointed. The empanadas (if you can even call them that if you've ever eaten REAL empanadas) are small, dry, and have barely any filling. And for that, you pay $3.50 apiece? I don't think so. I know there aren't that many options for good fast food in the neighborhood, but do yourself a favor and go across the street for some pizza at la Famiglia. Or go to Taco Bell at 125. At least it's reliably tasty and more legitimately Mexican than this place (yes, that's how bad this place is!).

Pros: nice decor

Cons: horrible, over priced "empanadas"

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I stopped into this really cool looking store this past Friday and let me say that their empanadas are the best I?ve had in the city, period. The crust is light and flaky and the chicken and pulled pork had that delicious down home goodness you just don't find everywhere . There are several not so typical flavors like the sausage and peppers and fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil that you simply must taste to appreciate. Amazing, some of the best quick eats I?ve had. After pounding down a quartet of these delicious empanadas I felt satisfied without feeling like I had to be rolled home. Highly recommended

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★★★★★

I stopped into this really cool looking store this past Friday and let me say that their empanadas are the best I?ve had in the city, period. The crust is light and flaky and the chicken and pulled pork had that delicious down home goodness you just don't find everywhere . There are several not so typical flavors like the sausage and peppers and fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil that you simply must taste to appreciate. Amazing, some of the best quick eats I?ve had. After pounding down a quartet of these delicious empanadas I felt satisfied without feeling like I had to be rolled home. Highly recommended

Pros: Some of the best quick eats I?ve had, delicious and unexpected. Beautiful store (for fast food) and great staff

Cons: I?d like to see additional varieties of empanadas and sides.

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