Many people often ask me, “what are my favorite restaurants?” and I readily list Caracas Arepa Bar as one of my top choices. This spot has been one of my favorites for years; not only is it a great value but it is consistently delicious. So, what is an arepa? Wikipedia defines it as “a flatbread made of ground maize dough…It can be served with various accompaniments such as cheese (cuajada), avocado, or (especially in Venezuela) split and used to make sandwiches.” In my words, I would describe it as a crispy hamburger with fillings.
The picture above was their leek jardinera made of grilled leeks, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onions and guayanes cheese. Even though I’m not vegetarian, I always order this arepa because it is that good. The cheese helped balance the stronger flavors from the leeks and tomatoes. The caramelized onions added an intense sweetness, and offset their spicy green sauce (I douse it on all my arepas because it’s so delicious).
I also ordered their weekly special – Don Felix was stuffed with beef, mushrooms, peppers, and caramelized onions stir-fry layered with fresh handmade Venezuelan Guayanes cheese. Yes, and it was as tasty as it sounds. Each ingredient melded well together that created a meaty, hefty and delectable arepa.
If you’re exploring NYC, Caracas Arepa Bar is a must to go to. Not only is it affordable but it is really good, and has been for years. Be aware that there are wait times so there’s always the option to take it to go a few doors down!
Caracas Arepa Bar
93 1/2 E 7th St (between 1st Ave and Ave A)
New York, NY