Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Che Cafe bringing empanada pockets to 7th Street


[EVG photo from last fall]

Che Cafe expects to open on April 1 at 86 E. Seventh St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

This venture comes via Mark Merker, who started Harry's and Benny's Burritos in 1987.

Now my interests are focusing on street foods. Every culture in the world has a similar item that is closely related to the Empanada. I came up with Chechenitas (empanada pouch). A small, easy to eat on the go item.

I love the many different tastes from all cultures around and thought to borrow from each the essence of flavor that I love. Only issue I had with them is that there wasn't enough food inside the bread. I felt it overpowered the ingredients.

Che Cafe launched last summer, and was a regular at the LIC Flea & Food (and later last year at the Rockaway Brewery).

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The Che Cafe website notes an April 1 opening... for "an evening of a free tasting."

The small space was home until last fall to Abra├žo, who moved across Seventh Street.

Thanks to Vinny & O for the tip!

1 comment:

Riley said...

I hope they bring back some of the people that worked at Bennys to work here. Such nice people I miss.