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Imagine a big, warm ski lodge filled with lots of wood and a big fireplace. You know, the kind of place where when it’s cold out you just kind of want to move into. That’s basically what Shelter’s like, but with the additions of empanadas, wood-fired pizza, and lots of cocktails. This Argentinian spot in Williamsburg currently offers outdooring dining as well and is a great place to meet up with friends for weekend brunch or stop by for drinks and snacks whenever you’re walking near Wythe and 7th and think, “I could really go for an empanada right now.” Theirs are baked in a wood-fired oven, which gives them a nice char and earthy flavor. The Humita with sweet corn, scallion, nutmeg, and bechamel is our favorite, but both the ham and cheese and beef (sirloin, onion, hard-boiled egg, scallions, cumin, and paprika) are also good choices. You can try all three for $18.

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The Best Empanadas In NYC

Aside from the obvious allure of biting into a hot, crunchy pouch, the most exciting thing about NYC’s empanadas is the vast range of styles.