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Caracas Arepa Bar
Posted by Anonymous on 04/12/2011
This is a good place to go if you a) can go for an early dinner and will avoid crowds or b) have all the time to wait. While I have been a big fan of Caracas for many years now, whether it was the location in the city (I was going there when they were just a hole in the wall and not many people knew about it) and the location in Brooklyn. I still like their food very much but I have to say that the location in Brooklyn needs serious help. The managing staff doesn’t seem to care and forget about the waitress! You'll wait on a Saturday night up to an hour to be seated for a table of 2. It seems as bigger groups have better luck or are simply being seated faster because the more people that eats the more money I guess. The last times my husband and I have been there it has been a disaster from beginning to end, and trust me we wont be going back. Not only did we have to wait forever to be seated, but also for the waitress to take our order, bring our order, take our check, etc. The waitress didn’t even bother to ask if we needed another drink when our first ones where done (and she didn’t even bother to bring our first round of drinks anyway). Then she came and said that they had run out of rice. Who runs out of rice? As a Spanish woman who cooks regularly, I know that rice doesn’t take that long to make and is possibly one of the easiest things to do (mind you, the restaurant only offers two main plates except the specials of the day, and one of them has rice so we felt that was really ridiculous. So after all this wait, over an hour at this point, my husband has to place a whole new order which she also takes a very long time to check on. So yeah, if you don’t mind waiting and being served but people who obviously do not care for your business, go to Caracas in Williamsburg. Otherwise, I will just refrain from it and rather go to the location in Manhattan.
Posted by james on 12/07/2009
amazing caracas, tasty plantains, nice salads, pina coladas!! this place is delicious and fun.
Posted by mary on 10/28/2009
So maybe the salads are ridiculously overpriced and lacking in flavor and the pork and chorizo are very greasy and have chewy fat chunks, but some of the arepas alone put this place in my top three restaurants. I have been addicted to this place for the past few months, stretching my budget just to get another arepa. Admittedly I am financially irresponsible, but I must think they are worth the hefty price. The recommended ones: la mulata (vegi), la paballon (beef), la del gato (vegi) and some of the specials. Tostones Machimeros (a must) and the amazing (though rarely available) ceviche. I am usually lazy and get take out, but the atmosphere is definitely a plus, with a beautifully lit rustic collage of recycled materials and a very friendly staff well versed in rum speak. If you're ordering delivery, be prepared to wait one hour!
Posted by Mia LaFerrera on 09/18/2009
I saw the restaurant featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and was excited when I saw they had a place in the 'hood. Ordered lunch for 2 - 1 beef empanada, 2 arepas (pernil & cheese/jalapenos) and yoyos. The arepas were inedible-hard, dry and very dense. The fillings were skimpy and the pork had chunks of fat. It tasted like it was coated with bottled BBQ sauce. The empanada was ok - nothing special. The yoyos (3 to the order) were burned. The outer batter was so overcooked, I had to peel it off before attempting to taste the plantain inside. They too were skimpy - two small pieces of plantain with a smidge of cheese sandwiched between them. Truly some of the worst food we have ever eaten. It was a $29 disappointment. I honestly don't see how anyone can rave about this place.
Posted by Arepa Conoisseur on 07/24/2009
We go to the East 7th Street locations all the time. They serve great arepas. The Brooklyn location, although nowhere near as busy, can't seem to get its act together. The arepas arrived after a long wait and had obviously been kept warm for so long that they lost their soft texture and became tough and chewy, with the fillings spraying out in all directions due to the compression of the hardened arepa patty. Too bad, be forewarned. Try the original location for great fresh arepas.
Posted by Foodie on 07/22/2009
The AREPAS are awesome. That's what ya go for!
Posted by mel on 05/17/2009
didn't care for it. good gaucomole. service was good. my watercress salad had no taste. i woldn't eat there again but other people might like it.