Although I'm very familiar with the neighborhood, I was surprised to find a bakery unknown to me until fairly recently. I guess I never walk south of Roosevelt on 69th St further than Speengar Kabab House, but there it was... an interesting looking Filipino bakery that seems to have an array of items also geared for the local latin community. There was a sign in the window advertising some Venezuelan-style something-or-other. It's located on the west side of 69th St, a few doors down from the bar called Pasiones. I believe one of the reasons I've never encountered this place is that it's mainly a morning/afternoon operation that supplies other restaurants or stores, and I guess I'm usually going straight down Roosevelt. Anyway, the empanadas here are the tastiest I've had in the area. It's a little on the sweet side, but that's the style. I've mostly given up on Krystals so this place is a welcome find. I don't even know the name of the place since there's no awning or visible sign of being a bakery. I'm slowly going through a variety of items from this bakery, so hopefully I'll make some other finds. Maybe I'll even post a name and address.
Couple other items. Renee's recently reopened after a renovation and it looks really nice inside. I usually flip-flop between Renee's and Ihawan, depending on my mood, but I prefer most BBQ items at Ihawan, except for the pork belly, which is consistently better at Renee's, but I prefer the cooked items (stews and such) at Renee's.
Another interesting place that opened recently is a Filipino place on Broadway and 65th St, right across from the subway entrance there. They advertise being not only a Filipino shop, but they also seem to serve Egyptian food. I've only passed by so I'm a little curious about what this could mean.