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Caracas Arepa Bar
Posted by fakeplasticdonna on 03/11/2006
I love this place. the food is phenomenal! the space is really really cramped, the wait can be excrutiatingly long, and the service is par (they mixed up my order the last 2 times i've frequented) but it's not such a bad thing as everything on the menu is soulful, comforting and fresh. with drinks, apps, entree and desert for two (ie rolling out of there) it will run about $50 total. the flan (which is large and rich enough for two, possibly three people) is like no other in the city... a must try!
Posted by Alexa on 01/28/2006
This is real Venezulean! The food is great and the atmosphere makes you feel as if you are truly in Venezuela. My one complaint is that it is extremely small...not much space to move around, but once you sit down and are eating your meal and listening to the music...you'll be glad you went!
Posted by berg9201 on 11/12/2005
My friends and I all had arepas. It was my first time eating these tasty little things. I would say it makes a good snack. As for a meal, you probably won't get too full unless you want to pay over $10 for the meal. The arepas were smaller than I had expected but still very tasty. I got a coconut drink which was good. My friends ordered natural juices (strawberry and passion fruit). They said it was a bit watered down. Service was good and prompt. Place is tiny and gets crowded around dinner time. Many people had to wait in line for almost 20 minutes.
Posted by El Gloton on 11/11/2005
The best, ultimate and delicious AREPAS in NYC. Crispy, not too thick and filled with the tastiest combinations. I love Reina Pepiadas (Pepi Queen), La Pelua, Los Muchachos, Pabellon, La del GATO is excellent, You won't be disappointed it's delicious, you may have to wait a little if the place if crowed (tiny space) but it's worthy. If you live around East Village they deliver and then you can enjoy AREPAS en CASA (at home) without bothering to do the mix and cook them and probably never get them as PERFECT as they are at CARACAS Arepa Bar. THE BEST AREPAS IN THE CITY!
Posted by Mike W on 11/07/2005
Simply an amazing place with delicious arepas and wonderful people (many from Venezuela), limited only by its tiny space. Avoid the empenadas and appetizers and go directly for the arepas - Los Muchachos and de Pabellon are my favorites, but they're all great and the friendly staff will be glad to suggest a few. What a find!
Posted by RF on 09/21/2005
Caracas Arepa Bar is a dream come true little-known cuisine eatery--it's cheap, it's charming, it's delicious. I had the Lunchbox Special for $13.50 including tax and tip. This got me two freshly fried toasty arepas- Reina Pepiada, stuffed to the brim with fresh chicken and creamy avocado salad, and La Pelua, filled with juicy shredded beef and melted cheddar--and a cup of refreshing strawberry-blackberry juice. Like a previous reviewer, I loved the way they brought the second arepa AFTER I was done with the first, so that it was still fresh and warm. The service was very sweet and prompt as well, and the cafe, though small, was very charming, with brightly coloured tablecloths and ambient music (Bebel Gilberto-esque, I think). I'll definitely be back for more!
Posted by PC Bananas Staff on 09/12/2005
When it comes to Arepas, Caracas Arepa Bar has one just for you! This place is truly unique and I've been wanting to take my wife. This last Sunday after a Broadway play (almost 10PM) I called up the place to find out what time they were closing. The owner said she was going to close the register in 15 min, but I could order something and they will have it ready for me for take out when i get there. I said that i would try to make it before 10PM. (Please do NOT try to drive from Broadway to 7th st in 15 min because is dangerous). We got there in one piece and with only 2 minutes to spare I told the owner i was the person who called earlier. She said "are you sure you called? Because the person who called said they were coming from Broadway." She was super nice and told us the restaurant was open for us and we don't have to rush. We had the BEST arepas. I know there are not many places to compare them to, but I used to live in Venezuela and let me tell you Caracas Arepa Bar knows their stuff! Food and Service are A+; however, I noticed that the actually restaurant is very small. I know this is not your typical formal dinner type of place, but it is so unique that anyone would have a great time there. The only problem was that the prices for the "arepitas" (small arepas) are quite high considering the location, place of business, and cost to make them. In my opinion they are worth every penny, but for someone attending NYU and hoping to eat a nice affordable lunch, paying over $10 for one arepa, a fruit juice, and a small side salad is a bit high. Good luck to Caracas Arepa Bar! You have to try them yourself!