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Posted by Katie on 01/31/2009
I saw this place on Bobby Flay and my boyfriend is Colombian and we make arepas all the time at home so we were very excited to try this place. We went to a concert at MSG and so we went to Caracas for dinner. The atmosphere was very cute, the place was warm and cozy and the service was good. The food, however did not live up to the hype. It was expensive and the portions were tiny! We had to eat 60$ worth of 6$ arepas to get full, and they were not all that good. I am a vegetarian so maybe the meat ones are better but the veggie ones were not very tasty. If we can make better food at home we do not go back to a restaurant...we will not be going back.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2008
Lived up to the hype. I heard about this place from Bobby Flay's Throwdown (where they won) and i'd been wanting to go ever since. I went and got the traditional de pabellon, it was delicious with the perfect mix of sweet & savory. The wait wasn't very long, the portions were a little small but definitely filled me up. I definitely plan on going back.
Posted by juman23 on 08/12/2008
Wow! The arepas are full of so much flavor. The La Mutena was perfect. Spicy, sweet. Sat at the bar, which was probably better than the cramped dining area. Everything on the meny looks so good. I will definately be back to try one of each!!
Posted by jimmyA on 07/08/2008
When you enter this shop you are greeted with a sign that states( This is not fast food- everything is 100% homemade thank you for your patience) well this sign isn't false in any way. Be prepared to Wait and Wait. The food is great but I think it is a little pricey for what you get. Bring something to read!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/25/2008
Great food, except the portions are small and a bit pricey. The arepas fill you up and I also had the yoyo appetizer (delicious!) and oblea for dessert (tasty). Definitely authentic food from Venezuela.
Posted by missegee on 04/11/2008
The food was exceptinoal as well as reasonable and in my book, there is no better combination. The yoyo's were great. Cheapest guac i've ever had and the plantains to dip it in made it even more fun. I went with two girlfriends we all had different arepas and found them all delish. i had the pork shoulder and tasted the chicken and steak, both great. The red sauce on the table makes everything taste better.
Posted by Mamasita on 12/29/2007
My husband and I were in town for a visit. We come to NYC twice a year from Florida and this tme we decided to try arepas. Being that my hubbie is from Venezuela, we wanted to get some home flavor. The place i very nice and cozy. We waited for about 25 minutes. Sat at the bar and had a banana shake and fresh pashion fruit juice which was deliciou. We chatted with an owner...but he was not o comunicative nor overly friendly. Finally, our table was ready and we sat down. The waitress was SO not friendly. We each ordered reina pepiada. It had too much avocado. The beans and corn salad was delicious, though. We both thought that aeaps were too small. My huban ate three! One with shreded beef and another one with cheese. The latter was the most deliocious one of them all. All in all...we are not going back!