Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A look at Che Cafe, home of empanada pouches

[Photo yesterday by Steven]

In case you missed our post from last Thursday... Che Cafe is now open at 86 E. Seventh St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

This quick-serve venture is run by Mark Merker, who started Harry's and Benny's Burritos in 1987.

Here's his story via the Che Cafe website:

I have long enjoyed empanadas and their culinary cousins from around the world including the Indian samosa, Chinese dumpling, and Jewish knish.

Empanadas make great on the go street food. Given the many versions from around the world, they present endless possibilities for including different tastes from many cultures. I am excited by the opportunity to borrow from each the essence of flavor that I love and share it with you.

So I came up with Chechenitas, an empanada pouch. They are a small, easy to eat on the go item. Better yet, the pouch means less bread and more delicious filling. Please give them a try and let me know what you think.

You can find Che Cafe's offerings here.

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

Previously on EV Grieve:
Che Cafe bringing empanada pockets to 7th Street


sophocles said...

Prices guys? I don't see any prices when I walk by or on your website. In my opinion these are going to be a price sensitive item. Places can charge $6 for ice cream or even Belgian fries because those are indulgences. You have to hit the pricing sweet spot here. I tried a couple of free samples and they were good.

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Terry said...

These were the best thing Benny's had in its final months. Glad to see them available again in the neighborhood.

deva said...

I went for one. They're tasty, fresh, decadent, filling and a decent price plus it's a neighborhood guy. They even had a dessert che but next I'll probably go back for the grilled chicken one. Welcome, I hope you do well.