Slideshow: Meet Vendy Award Rookie Finalist Nuchas Empanadas

Nuchas owners
Nuchas owners
Ariel Barbouth with his wife Leni Mendez at the Nuchas truck.
The truck
The truck
Nuchas launched as a kiosk in Times Square, but, owner Ariel says he didn't feel like New Yorkers really took it seriously until the truck launched last summer.
Variety
Variety
Nuchas offers eight different types of empanadas. Fillings vary from the traditional ground beef Argentine, to the shrimp-filled Jambalaya to a number of vegetarian options and sweet dessert option filled with apple, cranberry, and nutella.
Empanada press
Empanada press

The traditional filling of ground meat, peppers, and spices are scooped onto the dough and wrapped two at a time.

Empanada press
Empanada press

The press seals the dough of each empanada and adds an embroidered texture along the edge.

Handmade empanadas
Handmade empanadas

Ariel also demonstrated making empanadas by hand.

Handmade empanadas
Handmade empanadas

He folds over the edges of the dough to seal the filling in.

Handmade and machine-pressed empanadas
Handmade and machine-pressed empanadas

The difference, side by side.

Lunch at Nuchas
Lunch at Nuchas

Nuchas serves lunch daily in Midtown, the Financial District, and the Flatiron. Follow @NuchasNYC on Twitter for updates

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Fresh out the oven
Fresh out the oven

Empanadas are baked fresh throughout the day.

Empanadas cooling
Empanadas cooling
Empanadas to go
Empanadas to go