Bronx Brewery taps inventive empanada food lab as first full-time food partner
Photos courtesy of the Bronx Brewery
Two South Bronx businesses are teaming up to bring New Yorkers a unique new culinary experience. The Bronx Brewery announced a deal last week to make Empanology a full-time food partner at the bar’s spacious backyard. The partnership involves some tasty collaborations, including a BBQ sauce that incorporates the brewery’s “World Gone Hazy” IPA and other limited-edition menu items.
“Our team and I are extremely excited to call BXB our home. We are overwhelmed with excitement for this opportunity to show the world what Empanology can bring to the table,” Jason Alicea, chef and founder of Empanology, said. “This partnership has been years in the making with the goal of elevating our guest experience and food with each collab.”
Empanology, which is operating out of a new kitchen at the site, first served Bronx Brewery drinkers in 2017 during a pop-up at the brewery, before the brand was fully established. The two establishments have since collaborated a number of times, but this new deal marks the first official food partner for the Bronx Brewery in its nine-year history.
“For us, beer has always been about bringing people together and it is great to work with others who share that approach with what they create,” Damian Brown, president and co-founder of the Bronx Brewery, said.
Some unique menu choices at Empanology include OG Chopped Cheese, an ode to the classic Uptown sandwich, Coco Loco Shrimp, Californication, Piece of Pizza, a vegan Coconut Curry Squash, and for dessert, the Red Velvet Tres Leches empanadas. The vendor also sells burgers, chicken sandwiches, and wings.
Empanology at the Bronx Brewery’s backyard, located at 856 East 136th Street, is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.