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Mama's Empanadas

42-18 Greenpoint Ave., Queens, NY 11377 40.740491 -73.922819
nr. 42nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-729-1303 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Latin American
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Sun-Thu, 9am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 9am-12:30am

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at 40th St.-Lowery St.



Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted

Delivery Area

50th Ave. to Queens Blvd., 50th St. to 30th St.


This chain’s extensive range of patties comes in two forms: bronzed, crimped crescents of tender wheat dough or gritty, golden corn pockets. Empanadas can be ordered either oven baked or fried in soy oil, with beef, chicken, and beans headlining the 50 varieties and some less orthodox alternatives. An expanded menu now includes meat platters with beans and rice, but the most interesting options are still wrapped in dough. A ham-and-cheese empanada gets a Cuban spin with the addition of chewy pork, and the Hawaiian comes with chunks of pineapple. Reflecting the diversity of Queens, there’s also Italian (sausage and peppers), Polish (kielbasa and sauerkraut), and Greek (spinach, Feta, and mozzarella) iterations. You can dip your picks in Russian dressing, red hot sauce, or a fiery green-cilantro dressing. The most avant-garde combinations, however, are for dessert, like the peanut butter and banana or a blend of salty farmer cheese and sweet caramel, dusted with powdered sugar. Cobalt-blue counters on three sides accommodate eat-in patrons since there are no tables, and yellow walls provide a cheerful backdrop, even in the overnight hours when black-car drivers stop in for pocket-size sustenance.

Recommended Dishes

Beef wheat empanada, $1.50; sausage and egg patty, $1.50