• Best Empanada Spots in Hoboken + Jersey City

    Empanadas are a traditional Spanish and Latin American dish that is basically the original “on-the-go” food. Portable, customizable, and delicious empanadas have been transformed countless times with virtually every culture having their own version. The flaky treat has taken both savory and sweet variations to satisfy any craving. Hudson County is home to some of the best empanadas you can find — and we’re sharing our picks with you. Check out our roundup of best empanada spots in Hoboken + Jersey City:

    Hoboken

    La Casa {54 Newark Street}

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    We all know the saying “Mi Casa es Su Casa” and La Casa, the new Latin American downtown restaurant truly makes you feel at home when you step inside. Their menu is filled with authentic flavors and tapas dishes, but their empanadas are spot on. They have traditional options including chicken, beef, spinach and cheese, and chorizo.

    Empanadas Café {123 Washington Street}

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    Empanadas Café obv holds a spot on this list, and they truly live up to their name. Stop in for what is quite possibly the widest selection of empanadas we have ever seen. Anything you can think of, Empanadas Café has placed it inside their flaky crust and baked it up. They also have your traditional Latin options like chicken, beef, rice and beans, chorizo and ham, but they have also taken inspiration from various cultures for even more options. Their pepperoni empanadas are literally pizza in an empanada {yes, plz} and the bacon cheeseburger is a less messy version of your favorite late-night treat.

    Dino & Harry’s {163 14th Street}

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    If you are feeling fancy and craving an empanada at the same time, Dino & Harry’s is an under-the-radar spot to frequent. Check out their Empanada Trio on their appetizer menu for a starter that is sure to please your entire dinner party. Filled with filet mignon, braised chicken and spinach and cheese, the different flavors and textures are beyond delish.

    La Isla {104 Washington Street and 25 12th Street}

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    La Isla’s tagline “A Taste of Cuba” is definitely accurate. The uptown location offers a swanky atmosphere and has a full bar, whereas downtown is more relaxed and is BYO {and was even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!}. Sticking to their Cuban roots, La Isla has authentic empanada options on their menu — chicken, beef or vegetable. Be sure to leave room for dessert because their guayaba y queso {guava and cream cheese} empanada is divine. Pair it with a cup of café con leche and you’re in serious business.

    READ: Hoboken on a Budget: A Guide to Eating + Drinking For Less

    Zafra Kitchen {301 Willow Avenue}

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    With 18 years in Hoboken under its belt, Zafra’s Kitchen has stood the test of time with its authentic Cuban food. Cuban-born duo who are both friends and business partners, serve up the flavors of their country right here in the Mile Square. Their Empanadillas con Pebre are crisp empanadas filled with beef picadillo and served with a spicy, Chilean, cilantro sauce. Ambiance-wise, you won’t be disappointed: Art adorns the walls and serves as great conversation pieces throughout your meal. Make sure to check out their sister cafe, Ultramarinos, {right next door} for the same empanadas you can pick up on-the-go. 

    The Cuban {333 Washington Street}

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    Another Washington Street classic, The Cuban sees patrons from all over Hudson County because their food is just that good. Whether you are enjoying date night or a night out for the girls, The Cuban’s authentic food, upscale vibe, and friendly service will keep you coming back for more. On the menu, they have empanaditas {which translates to little empanadas, and they are exactly that}. The small crusts are filled with chicken ropa vieja, charred tomatillo, and black bean puree. Paired with their extensive drink menu {the sangria is a fave} this appetizer is a good start to any meal.

    Sorellina {1036 Washington Street}

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    Known for their Italian menu, Sorellina has invited a little Latin inspiration to their menu recently. They now offer a Beef Bolognese empanada that is to die for. Head over for some of these bad boys paired with a glass from their extensive wine bar.

    Jersey City

    O’Lala Empanadas {600 Communipaw Avenue}

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    This place is truly empanada heaven. They have taken their signature empanada crust and filled it with all kinds of food drawing inspiration from Latin, Asian, Greek, Cajun and American dishes. The names of the empanadas make it super fun to order here. Some of their creations include Little Tokyo — filled with teriyaki chicken and broccoli, Liberty Bell is their Philly cheese stake empanada and Bay of Naples — a take on margherita pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. They even have dessert empanadas filled with sweet treats like brownies, caramel and coconut in the Brownie Explosion. Clearly, this is the ultimate empanada spot for all cravings.

    See More: Cuban Restaurants in Hoboken and Jersey City: 8 Must-Visit Spots

    Dulce de Leche Bakery {376 Central Avenue}

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    Taking us to the beautiful country of Argentina, Dulce de Leche is a bakery/café that offers classic South American dishes with a sweet collection of desserts. All day long you can get their traditional empanadas filled with chicken, beef, spinach, ham and cheese, four cheeses or pepperoni. And at under $2 a piece, you cannot go wrong.

    ME Casa {356 Varick Street}

    Located just steps away from the Grove St. PATH Station, Me Casa is home to Latin American dishes that will make you feel like you are in a Abuela’s kitchen. They, too, offer empanadas on their appetizer menu in the form of a sampler platter. You and your dinner guests can choose from chicken, beef or shrimp. Try all three and pick your fave for next time.

    Rumba’s Café {513 Central Avenue}

    On the corner of North St and Central Ave, Rumba’s Café has been attracting customers for years. Creating a warm, welcoming environment, Rumba’s has down-home, Cuban food in a convenient location. Because they are strictly traditional, you will find beef and chicken empanadas here filled with spices and seasonings of the island.

    Where’s your favorite local place to grab an empanada? Share with us in the comments!

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    Written by:

    Jordan and Joelle are true Jersey Girls. Originally hailing from down the shore in Hazlet, NJ, the girls made their "rite of passage" move to Hoboken a few short years after graduating with degrees in Communications from Loyola University. Outside of their 9-5 as senior publishers in NYC, the twins can be found walking their yorkie-poo Chica, working out at the best hot yoga studios, or trying out the best restaurants in town. Like many 20-somethings, Jordan and Joelle are balling on a budget and know how to score the best deals around town!


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