Caracas Arepa Bar

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East Village

Surely, there’s no more cultured a substitute for a grilled cheese sandwich than a piping-hot arepa filled with juayanes, a handmade cheese.

This endearing spot, with flower-patterned, vinyl-covered tables, zaps you straight to Caracas. The secret is in the arepas themselves: Each patty is made from scratch daily. The pitalike pockets are stuffed

with a choice of 18 fillings, like chicken and avocado or mushrooms with tofu. Top off your snack with a cocada, a thick and creamy milk shake made with freshly grated coconut and cinnamon.

Venue name: Caracas Arepa Bar
Address: 91–93½ E 7th St
New York
Cross street: between First Ave and Ave A
Opening hours: Tue–Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave, L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average arepa: $4. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Andrew H

Super reasonable.  Only issue is long lines but you can go to the to-go storefront instead.  The arepa sauce is probably the most addictive thing I've ever eaten.  

Jamie S

Has a large variety of arepas and lots of vegetarians options. Their sangria is also delicious. It's a pretty small restaurant, so you may have to wait for a table!