19. Empanada de Pabellon at La Latina
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Courtesy of La Latina
19. Empanada de Pabellon
A tiny gem situated on the outskirts Midtown called La Latina houses the empanada de pabellon, which could easily be described as a pocket with black beans, shredded beef, and plantains inside - but it's far more than just that.
It's hot and nestled in a duo-colored checkered basket. After many failed attempts at devouring this empanada at first sight, we've learned waiting a little is best for the ultimate experience with a pocket made fresh for every order - delayed gratification: it's the new black. Soon, though, your mouth will find a homey, comforting feeling as it savors creamy black beans, seasoned shredded beef, and sweet, pasty plantains. It's your abuela's soothing comfort food conveniently packaged in a gluten-free golden delicious pocket. Can something so delicious really come out of such an unassuming, unpretentious looking dish?
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