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Gauchas Empanadas

1748 First Ave. , New York, NY 10128 40.779769 -73.947217
nr. 90th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-360-6400 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: South American, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$

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Sun-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 86th St.



Payment Methods

American Express

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

80th St. to 100th St., Lexington Ave. to East End Ave.


This venue is closed.

There are plenty of options for excellent South American cuisine on this stretch of First Avenue, but Gauchas is the only one specializing in empanadas and red meat. Inside, the space is more industrial than rustic; exposed brick is matched with a vintage steel fire-door and polished aluminum shelves that host bottles of Argentine wine. Low prices and a familial atmosphere attract all types, from families with children early in the evening to young couples later in the night. Empanadas in pastry are a popular starter; served in eight flavors, inlcluding the tempting Gaucha Picante and Mexicana varieties. The former is a spicy mix of buttery sliced beef with a slow but persistent burn, the latter a dense combo of chopped chicken breast bound with a creamy, bitter-chocolate mole sauce. Steak options can be excellent, though dubious cuts of meat make the menu inconsistent. Skirt steak is thin, but expectedly tender and juicy; short ribs, however, prove they’re a dish best served braised—seared on the grill, they arrive fatty and tough.

Recommended Dishes

Gaucha picante, $3; Mexicana, $3; Entrana skirt steak, $19