When you need a quick bite and only have two bucks in your pocket, don’t settle for a bag of chips from the newsstand. (What you’re paying for is air). Instead, grab a quick empanada from La Casa Del Pan in Astoria. The offer both Colombian (fried with potato and beef) and Argentine (baked with chicken or ground beef) empanadas, arepas (buttery corncakes), sausages, sugary bunuelos, and my personal favorite, the pan de queso, which is a croissant with cheese baked in the middle. You can also get cheap coffee, hot cholocate and lemonade. A healthier alternative is the avena, which is a Colombian drink made from oatmeal. Some may find it too sweet, but it will fill you up and stick to your ribs–so if you need to feel full for a long time on not a lot of money, its a good bet. Feeling more indulgent? Opt for a slice of one of the pretty cakes they have in the window display. The staff is friendly, and there is a small counter where you can sit and eat, but most people get their treats para llevar. La Casa Del Pan, Broadway and 38th Street in Astoria.
Posted by Mirela Gluck at 11:37 AM
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