Scouting the best empanadas in Westchester County – an interim report

Med Empanadas - low res

Lately I’ve had a hankering to do some deep food exploration in Westchester. It has now been nearly a year since I wrote up the report for Westchester Magazine’s “Eater” blog about the State of the Taco in White Plains.

Feeling the itch to go much deeper in the exploration, I’ve decided to take it on myself to try every empanada humanly possible in Westchester County to find where – or if – greatness exists in the realm of the wonderful Latin American turnover.

As usual, I started this quest with a query to Chowhound. Based on some previous notes, and some of the suggestions coming from that thread, these are the places currently on my target list.

  • Los Andes Bakery, Sleepy Hollow, NY (map)
  • Asi es Colombia, Port Chester, NY (map)
  • Pollo Ala Brasa Misti Restaurant, Port Chester, NY (map)
  • Quimbaya, Ossining, NY (map)
  • Med, Briarcliff Manor, NY (map)
  • Chapines Deli, Mt. Kisco, NY (map)
  • Inca y Gaucho, Port Chester, NY (map)
  • Panaderia Uruguaya, Port Chester, NY (map)
  • La Nueva Puebla, White Plains, NY (map)
  • Little Paraguay Deli, White Plains, NY (map)
  • Tango Grill, White Plains, NY (map)

I know there are more places with empanadas in Westchester County (afterall, pretty much every Latin restaurant of any kind has them), but these are the ones I’m focusing on right now.

Sadly, I’m less than half way through the list. In the past three weeks, I’ve tried Panaderia Uruguaya, La Nueva Puebla, Inca y Gaucho, Los Andes Bakery and Med.

I won’t go into specific notes, but here are a few observations.

There is simply no replacing empanadas that are cooked on site. And based on my recent excursions and prior visits, only about 1/4 of the restaurants around here actually make their empanadas on site. Quality suffers dramatically as a result. Also, I’ve noticed a distinction within this phenomenon. In general, fried empanadas are made on site, while baked empanadas are cooked somewhere else. As a result, the baked empanadas are really coming up short. That’s too bad, because a great baked empanada is one of the best treats in life.

So, I’ll have much more detail to my notes in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’m sampling the untested places on my list, as well as exploring if I’ve missed some places on the list altogether. Ideas? Let me know…


9 Comments on “Scouting the best empanadas in Westchester County – an interim report”

  1. Paul says:

    MED EMPANADAS THE BEST IN WESTCHESTER

  2. Brendon says:

    I also tried Med and it is deliciuos and they have good meal deals and the best they deliver.

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  4. Larry says:

    Los Andes Bakery empanadas eaten right from their ovens are not to be missed. The aromas and taste are a treat to the senses.
    Bring quarters to pay for the parking meters. You will want to take your time with these and the local police are quick with the tickets.

  5. Francisco J. says:

    Los Andes Bakery is well-known all over Westchester for their empanadas. Never heard of Med, but Los Andes was once featured on the cover of Sam’s Magazine for their delicious products.

  6. Stacey says:

    I am a fan of empanadas and had alot of them in my last trip to Argentina..
    I tried MED EMPANADAS in Briarcliff….
    I can only say ” THE BEST” ……………………….

  7. Stuart Oppenheimer says:

    You haven’t gone to Pablos Deli in Dobbs Ferry yet? what r u waiting for..authentic, freshly prepared, and baked on premises, and oh, so delicious. He also has amazing Chilean sandwiches to die for. Not to be missed!

  8. Stuart Oppenheimer says:

    BTW, Med Empanadas is now renamed The Empanada House…still amazing empanadas

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