9th Ave and 51st St (Hell's Kitchen)
Alexis: Alex wanted empanadas so we trekked out to Hell's Kitchen to this tiny spot. I ordered chorizo in corn flour crust (my fave) and the Brasilian - in a wheat flour crust with ground beef, green pepper, Spanish olives and potatoes. So good, with the fat and juices running down my hand. We also ordered an endive salad with red cabbage and radishes. The dressing had some herb mixture that tasted faintly of zatar. Or some sort of light Indian spice mixture - interesting and good. And with giant $18 pitchers of sangria, you can't go wrong - it took us 2 hours to finish! Please deliver wherever I am.
Alex: Ever since I stayed with Les in Queens I've been in love with Empanadas. Apparently the spot in Hell's Kitchen is a bourgified version of the OG jumpoffs in Queens, but the taste is still the same. The spot has some interesting concoctions like the Polish which has Polish Sausage and Sauerkraut. I ordered the Beef, Cuban (Ham, Pork, and Cheese) and a Pepperoni Pizza (don't laugh). Needless to say they were awesome! They come with pretty hot red and green salsa for your dipping pleasure. And the Sangria was huge, we would have died if we ordred the fish bowl.
Here is a link to a blog on livejournal about taking bento boxes to work - with pics and recipes.