The Arepa Lady

Restaurants, Street food Jackson Heights
Arepa de choclo from Arepa Lady
Photograph: Todd ColemanPhotograph: Todd Coleman
Arepa de choclo from Arepa Lady
Photograph: Todd ColemanPhotograph: Todd Coleman

Between the taco trucks and skewer carts lining Roosevelt Avenue, you’ll find plenty of women doling out arepas. Only one of them is the official Arepa Lady, a sweet little Colombian woman with a huge following. Late night on weekends, fans huddle around her cart, watching her slather each sizzling cake with butter. Her doughy white cornmeal arepa, crunchy on top and oozing with cheese, is ideal for those who need something savory at night’s end; her flat golden corn arepa, folded over omelette-style with queso bubbling inside, is more of a dessert. The Arepa Lady is no fool: Knowing full well that she serves the ideal drunken midnight snack, she’s set up shop—and doles out crispy empanadas as well—right outside a sports bar.



Venue name: The Arepa Lady
Address: 78-31 37th Ave
Cross street: between 78th and 79th Sts
Opening hours: Fri, Sat after 11pm
Transport: Subway: 7 to 82nd St–Jackson Hts
Price: Average arepa: $3. Cash only
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