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Caracas Arepa Bar
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!
Posted by Cpt. Kate on 10/03/2007
Two years ago a roommate and I popped in here to escape the heat of our apartment. I have gone back just about once a month since. Good for a night with friends or a date, although it can be slightly loud. Food: That's what you are reading this for, right? Do try the yoyos. And do put the sauce on the table over all your food; I don't know what it is (will ask next time) but it is delicious (have contemplated steeling a bottle of it). Their guacamole is great but I think pricey. I am particularly fond of their offerings that include the salty cheese and/or black beans. Do not get the plain cheese empanada, it's tasteless and a waste of money. If with a group, get one of the combination plates, best value and you get to try multiple offerings. I have had spotty luck with the desserts but the dulce de leche filled wafer dessert is an excellent finish. Wine and beers are normal Manhattan prices and their non-alcoholic offerings are fantastic though pricey so be prepared for that. Yes, I do think the quality of the food may have gone down as the previous reviewer wrote however this hasn't subdued my arepas cravings
Posted by Sadly Disappointed for the Last Time on 09/15/2007
I have been going to Caracas Arepa Bar since it was just the little spot next door! After a recent outing with friends, I decided that would be my last time there. Unfortunately, there has been a decline in the quality of the food, the portions and needless to say, the service. The arepas seemed to be greasy and quite small.
Posted by vle on 09/08/2007
The arepas is really good and I def. like the taro chips! The drinks are also great too, I personally love the coconut! The place is small, but I find it cozy and cultured. Although I do really like the food there, the service is really poor. I remember that they use to come up and service you, but when I went there again it seem like the system in there is like a fast food resturant. Ironically, you will have to wait for your food for a long time because everything is made fresh and it does say it is not a fastfood place! Basically, if you are with a small group you will have to order your food at the counter. At least that's what happened to me! With the lack of service, it does feel less friendly!
Posted by NYC Magazine Reviewer on 08/16/2007
My boyfriend and I went here for his birthday. As soon as we walked in the door we saw that this place was tiny but they had a table open. We waited maybe 5-10 minutes by the door for someone to help us, take our name, seat us - something. Three employees just waited at the back of the place doing nothing even after they saw us, so after a little while we figured it was seat yourself. We sat down at a four person table and they eventually brought us water --- then a group of four people came in - so they asked us to leave so they could accomodate the group of four! They said it would only be fifteen minutes or so. Not only but the hostess who asked us to leave was horribly rude! I would never recommend this place to anyone!
Posted by Hard2Please on 08/08/2007
I have been to Caracas 3 times now. The 1st time I dined in the Kitchen Area , b/c there was a long wait next door. It was very smokey in there, but the main restaurant is great-very cozy though. Decorations are nice. I love the food. I always make sure to order the tequenos, even though they are pricey compared to the other items on the menu. But you get out of their spending $15-20 per person. The service is a little slow though. The friends I have taken there love it too!
Posted by FGR on 07/27/2007
The arepas are fantastic. I have introduced my friends to this place over the last several months and all have returned multiple times; for dates, food with friends, and just generally impressing people with their good taste. An outstanding find (don't listen to the carping below)!