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||Contact:|
91–93½ E 7th St
|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|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Second to my Venezuelan BFF, this place makes the best Reina Pepiada arepa—creamy, flavorful and chock-full of avocado. The other arepas are also very authentic, especially the Pabellón, which is stuffed to the brim with shredded beef, beans and plantains. It can easily feed two people or bring one very hungover person right back to life.
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.
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!