Though coveting thy neighbor's wife or underground sprinkler system is beyond the pale, longing for a mouthful of their cuisine is an understandable desire. Today's Groupon satisfies desires to eat from another's table: for $5, you get $10 worth of empanadas at Empanadas Café, located on the border of Corona and Forest Hills, Queens. Empanadas Café accepts cash only.
Empanadas Café (also known as Empanadas del Parque) has transformed the traditional stuffed bread into a gourmet entree packed with possibility. Peruse the menu in pursuit of conventional varieties (corn flour, ground beef, and cheese, $1.25) or experimental creations such as a Hawaiian empanada (white-flour bread stuffed with ham, pineapple, and mozzarella cheese, $1.50). Naturalists hunting for an organic meal can try one of the café's whole-grain options, and sweet teeth can excavate the Nutella, chocolate, and sliced bananas dessert empanada ($1.25).
While sampling Empanadas Café's eponymous dish, diners feel welcome within the café's small, charming interior, tucked behind the window's green neon sign. There's a small, wood-latticed outdoor seating area, ideal for catching the breeze in a bottle and taking it home to release it on a miniature windmill that powers an iron lung. Or take your crispy to-go for a feast from atop your La-Z-Boy, in your sleeping bag, or at your favorite long-red stoplight.
- Perfection. Always delicious. No need to say anything but tell all to go here and enjoy. – DJ C., Yelp
- I had the Banana Nutella Chocolate Empanada and it was just awesome. Honestly, just one if not the best desert [sic] type of food I have ever had. – Thomas R., Yelp
- Outstanding! – Roger M. Figuracion, Urbanspoon