Welcome to Empanada Mama

The something for everyone philosophy
Makes this Latin Empanada Place
a distinctly American Joint.

The Mother of all Empanandas

More than 40 flavors

At Empanada Mama you can sink your teeth into the soft pastry shell to discover a flavorful filling of beef, chicken, pork or vegan stuffing. Over 40 different flavors await you. A treat to be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Please take a moment to check out our website and learn more about our amazing empanadas. We look forward to seeing you at our location to serve you.

Empanada Heaven in NYC

Colombian Influence

Empanada Mama is a colorful, vibrant and casual Latin restaurant in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. The restaurant serves food of mostly Colombian influence, but also from all of Latin America. It’s intent is to serve great quality food of Latin homemade likeness, for an accessible and reasonable price, to attend the discerning needs of our diverse clientele. Our main product is our empanada. Not any empanada, but the mama of all empanadas – or the one just like a Latin mama would make it. A superior product, made with fresh ingredients, a bountiful variety of flavors and with different preparation methods and crusts to attend to different tastes and preferences.


About Us

The something for everyone philosophy
makes this Latin Empanada Place
a distinctly American Joint.

  • Our History
  • our Mission
  • our Future

Socrates Nanas, who founded this restaurant has a fool proof plan to feed the masses: big flavors in small packages. The menu of more than forty empanadas stuffed and sealed with wheat- or corn-based shells is designed to hit a nostalgic nerve. Whatever flavors you like, you can expect them here, wrapped in a warm, yielding pocket: Greek (spinach pie), Cuban (ham, pork, and cheese), Polish (kielbasa and sauerkraut), Hawaiian (ham, cheese, and pineapple), Italian (sausage, peppers, and onions), [and] American (cheeseburger). Other small offerings include arepas, tamales, and veal and rice balls, fork-tender meatballs in a lemon-based gravy.

At Empanada Mama we want to ensure that each guest receives prompt, professional, friendly and courteous service. We maintain a clean, comfortable and well-maintained premises for our guests and staff. To provide at a fair price - nutritional, well-prepared meals - using only quality and fresh ingredients. To ensure that all guests and staff are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. To thank each guest for the opportunity to serve them. By maintaining these objectives we shall be assured of a fair profit that will allow us to contribute to the community we serve.  

As we move towards our goal of being the best Empanadas restaurant in NYC, we will we are looking forward on expanding on a national scale. Locally, we will continue to bring you the best Latin Food and be involved with the local community. Hopefully you can look forward to having a Empanada Mama near you.


Empanada Mama is a modern Patty Joint created with soul and great energy in mind. Every empanada and dish that is created in our kitchen is made with the finest and freshest ingredients. We believe in fast, delicious and flavorful meals. We also believe that great food should not break the bank.


Empanada Mama
763 9th Avenue,
New York, NY 10019
Phone. 212-698-9008
Email. info@empmamanyc.com

Opening Soon: Empanada Mama Express
95 Allen Street,
New York City, NY 10002
Phone. 212-673-0300
Email. info@empmamanyc.com


Empanada Mama at Hell's Kitchen is open 24 hours 7 days a week to serve you at anytime you call. We have delivery hours that cater to every need you may have. Just drop us a line or give us a call and we will be right at your door.

Our Menus

Take a look at our Regular menu and come down and join us for a great time at the restaurant.
If you feel like staying home or have company you can order from our Delivery Menu 24/7
If you are at your office or having a Party and need Catering Services take a look at our Catering Menu or give us a call.

Regular Sit-In Menu

Download our latest regular menu. Come by and have a blast!

Delivery Menu

Download our Delivery Menu. COMING SOON

Catering Menu

Download our Catering menu

Parties & Coorporate Events.

Drinks Menu

Enjoy our Happy Hours
Whos is Your Mama?

Breakfast Menu

Start your day with Mama
Donwload our Breakfast Menu?


Our Catering

To place a catering order, you can:
A - For large orders from both locations, call Empanada Mama H.K. at 212.698.9168 and ask to speak to our Catering Manager.
B - For items available at Empanada Mama Express L.E.S. Order in person at our restaurant at E. Houston St.
C - Combined orders from Empanada Mama Express L.E.S. (with items from Empanada Mama H.K. as well) will have to be placed through Catering Manager, with at least 2 days in advance.
Customers with same day or next day orders will be directly forwarded to place their orders from the H.K. store.
D - Place your order on our secure website and after registering, pay directly with your credit card.
D - You can also place your order by Fax dialing 212-698-9150
*All online orders will be coming from our Empanada Mama H.K. location, Delivery range restrictions, fees and rules will be applied.
*Our Catering consultant will call you and review the order
*Items and Prices subject to change without notice

Catering Menu

Download our Catering menu

Parties & Coorporate Events.


Our Team

We believe that the secret to our success is not only our outstanding online ordering system with extensive features to help you in many aspects of your order, but also the expert team who have first hand experience of the restaurant and food industry.

Socrates Nanas


As the leader of EMPANADA MAMA Socrates sets the standards for excellence.  He founded, owns and operates the ever-popular Empanada Mama Restaurant.  Socrates has been in the food and beverage industry since the age of 25.

Grazyna Nanas

general manager

Grazyna brings many years of experience in our industry to Empanada Mama. She has developed and managed Empanada Mama since the first day of operation. She is the backbone of this successfull Latin Joint.


Manager HK

Valeria accepted a position at Empanada Mama as a server and was quickly promoted to Manager to assist the team in executing their high standards of service. Valeria brings years of experience in all aspects of the food and beverage industry to Empanada Mama.

Jose S.

manager LES

Jose joined Empanada Mama years ago as a Sous Chef. He's thrilled to be a part of the Empanada Mama family and has learned the ins-and-outs of the restaurant business.

Our Reviews

We are thankful to our food critics and magazines that have always given us great reviews
We as at Empanada Mama are always striving for the best and
working hard to give you our great clientele always the best food in town.

5 Best Restaurants For Empanadas In NYC

Empanada Mama offers more than 40 empanadas, from wheat flour to oven baked wheat flour to corn flour to dessert, from shredded chicken with sofrito sauce and red peppers to Greek sausage pie to rice and beans to hot dog and cheddar cheese (the so-called Americano) to tuna and jalapeno to figs, caramel, and cheese. To wash it all down, try the house-made salpicón, a fruit punch made from melon, bananas, grapes, watermelon, and apples. It’s especially refreshing during summer’s doggiest days.

No. 1 Rank Empanada Mama’s Empanadas

A Hell’l Kitchen Guide staple from day one, this mama hasnt skipped a beat since it opened. Even when things seem slow everywhere else in the neighborhood (between lunch and dinner), these guys are busy. I’ve gone on a special empanada diet for the past few weeks. And for the purpose of this post, I picked 10 Empanadas which consists of all the popular ones, plus a few I was just curious about (e.g. polish). Scoring is 1 to 10 Z’s, with 10 Z’s being the best. Congratulations to the winners.

Empanada Mama Critic's Pick New Yorker

Socrates Nanas, who founded this restaurant, has a foolproof plan to feed the masses: big flavors in small packages. The menu of more than forty empanadas—stuffed and sealed wheat- or corn-based shells—is designed to hit a nostalgic nerve. Whatever flavors you like, you can expect them here, wrapped in a warm, yielding pocket: Greek (spinach pie), Cuban (ham, pork, and cheese), Polish (kielbasa and sauerkraut), Hawaiian (ham, cheese, and pineapple), Italian (sausage, peppers, and onions), American (cheeseburger). Though the three different doughs—fried wheat flour, fried corn flour, and baked wheat flour—taste equally neutral, the corn flour patty has a great crunch.

Contact Us

We love to hear from you, you can contact us via e-mail info@empmamanyc.com
You can also fill out the form below with any questions you may have.
Or you can just give as a call 24/7. It will be a pleasure to help you.

  • 763 9th Ave. (btwn. 51st & 52nd Street), NY 10019
  • 212-698-9008 • 212 698-9007
  • Fax Line: 212-698-9150
  • Catering Line: 212-698-9168
  • info@empmamanyc.com