Caracas Arepa Bar, East Village, New York

Caracas Arepa Bar serves unbelievable arepas and as a result has long lines out the door. We visited on an off hour, around 4:30 pm and although there wasn’t a line, the restaurant was full. We found out another alternative is ordering advance at the restaurant to pick up or order from the take out area of the restaurant.

The dining room had red orbs, dim lighting and the tables sat exceptionally close to each other.

We sat in the back bar area where the coffee and beverages are prepared.

The Papelon Con Limon was a refreshing blend of dehydrated sugar cane and lime, which reminded me of a half and half lemonade and iced tea ($3.50).

The sliced corn flour buns, were grilled and baked and reminded me of a slimmer english muffin. La Sureña, chicken, chorizo, avocado slices and chimi-churri sauce ($8.00) had a nice balance of flavors. The De Pabellón, tender shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese and sweet plantains ($7.50). The sweetness of the plantains and saltiness of the cheese were awesome.

We will be back for the tajadas fried sweet plantains with salty cheese ($4.50), the yoyos sweet plantains with white cheese, fried in a cinnamon plantain batter ($5.75), Los Muchachos grilled chorizo, spicy white cheese with jalapeños and sautéed peppers ($8.00) and the croquetas deep-fried yucca-potato cakes with chorizo, corn and cilantro ($5.00).

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