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These creations that are like an empanada meets an egg roll meets a stuffed tennis ball are not exactly traditional from any one Latin American country. But the folks at Che Café have put a spin on the empanada with these chechenitas. They’re fun and full of surprising flavor combinations like this Greek-inspired spinach feta with a side of tzatziki. That’s what New York fast food is all about – fusing flavors and creating a new vessel for a quick mid-day snack. Price: $5.25

CHE CAFÉ
86 East 7th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 420-1250
checafenyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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