Caracas Arepa Bar

Caracas Arepa Bar

Arepa Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Linh (Kelly) N.
    "Great for a weekend brunch, short wait, Venezuelan style"(17 Tips)
    Jenn
    "Try the De Pabellon Arepa and Pabellon Criollo."(10 Tips)
    Nick P.
    "la de pabelon, la de pernil, and la sureña are the best."(9 Tips)
    Elizabeth I.
    "Can't go wrong with La Sureña or La Del Gato."(10 Tips)
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  • John A.
    John AntosAugust 16, 2015
    Good food, served hot, very little seating. Recommend take away to a nearby park. For vegetarians there are 2 choices, recommend the Mulata.
  • Marie P.
    Marie PorrasJuly 28, 2015
    Great arepa. Don't be fooled. One arepa is plenty even for hungry belly. Try any arepa with Chorizo.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJuly 13, 2015
    La Surena is the winning arepa here, chicken, chunky chorizo, and avocado slices, soooo good! Be sure to slather it in the spicy mango sauce on your table, then buy a bottle for $10 on your way out.
  • Santi A.
    Santi AmayaJune 7, 2015
    The arepas are small for the price they charge and though the flavor combinations sound amazing in theory, I'm constantly underwhelmed with the flavor
  • Gal A.
    Gal AmirMay 15, 2015
    De Pabellon arepa is the best! Food there is just great. It's a small place, so make sure not to come at busy times
  • Christian D.
    Christian DickmannApril 23, 2015
    We shared 6 Arepas among 3 people, which was a good portion size. I enjoyed the variety of great tastes! Only minor issue was that sharing was not very convenient due to the form factor.
  • April M.
    April MoatesApril 4, 2015
    The Leek Jardinera was amazing! The fried plantain appetizer was also very good. The server was very friendly and knowledgable.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuMarch 29, 2015
    For meat-lovers, get the La de Pernil. Vegetarian options also abound. Wash everything down with a glass (or more) of the super-refreshing Tinto de Verano.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarDecember 31, 2014
    Endless good things. Guac with plantain chips is awesome. Love the De La Gato arepa. Get a fresh fruit juice or the cinnamon banana milkshake!
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanOctober 13, 2014
    The pork arepa was delicious as well as the chips and guacamole. The chips are a combination with fried plantains. Ask for extra mango salsa sauce.
  • Christine S.
    Christine SmithOctober 3, 2014
    Get several arepas to share, or eat your own, but whatever you do, make sure you get to eat the De Pabellon. Douse all of them in their house arepa sauce.
  • William H.
    William HAugust 23, 2014
    It may not be cheap and it may not be fast, but sure is yummy. No need to get fancy, the cheese areapas by themselves are great.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonAugust 8, 2014
    Yum yum yum! Love this place, I can eat here 7 days a week. Get the fried plantains, chicken arepa and guacamole with chips.
  • Elizabeth I.
    Elizabeth IrizAugust 3, 2014
    Name all your favorite ingredients & then order 'la sureña' because they're all in there - chicken, chorizo, chimichurri, avocado! And if you don't lather in the homemade salsa, you're doing it wrong.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    Don't expect run-of-the-mill black beans and rice; instead, diners at this packed spot will experience an abundance of the mysterious arepa: A sort of Venezuelan corn-ball that defies explanation. Read more
  • Melissa
    MelissaFebruary 9, 2014
    The staff here is wonderful! Very kind people. Great atmosphere to chill and hang, and great food. Really, anything on the menu is tasty~!
  • Suri R.
    Suri RSeptember 1, 2013
    Yes, okay, all the arepas are great and all, but the real reason 37% of my paycheck is spent here is the passionfruit juice. What a treasure.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 19, 2013
    Order the De Pabellion Arepa, and thank us later. For those with a gluten allergy, the arepas are made with corn flour so they're totally safe to eat!
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Caracas is the go-to destination for affordable arepasVenezuelan pita pockets stuffed with meats, cheeses, and sauces. Guacamole, plantain chips, and fried bits of cheese make excellent starters.
  • Katharine M.
    On a nice day, skip the line at the sit down place and go two doors down to the take-out storefront. If you have time to spare - definitely worth the wait.
  • K@rTh!kk R.
    K@rTh!kk ReDd!June 1, 2013
    Try Los Muchachos with caramelized onions, meat can be substituted for Chicken. Try Bolirepitas con Nata appetizer... For spice lovers,ask the server for their spicy sauce...
  • Jen B.
    Jen BMay 11, 2013
    Get there early for a table; stay late for as much amazing sauce and arepas as you can consume. There's no craving I enjoy satisfying more.
  • Laura V.
    Laura VitaroFebruary 24, 2013
    The arepas are like little pockets of magic. Feel free to be liberal about sauce usage. It's phenomenal. They took it off the menu, but you can still get La Paisa if you ask - delicious salty cheese.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    The yo-yo ($5.75) gets a sugary makeover. Sweet plantains are fried in a cinnamon-spiked plantain batter, then they’re stuffed with slightly chewy, fresh cheese and served with honey dipping sauce. Read more
  • From The World B.
    From The World BlogOctober 23, 2012
    Arepas are cheap and tasty. Arepa is one of the most traditional items on Venezuelan cuisine. Sanduiches filled with meet, cheese , beans, guacamole, banana. Entrees, Tajadas are delicious
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsAugust 15, 2012
    The yo-yo gets a sugary makeover at Caracas. Sweet plantains are fried in a cinnamon-spiked plantain batter, then they’re stuffed slightly chewy, fresh cheese and served with honey dipping sauce. Read more
  • Jenn
    JennJune 20, 2012
    Try the De Pabellon Arepa and Pabellon Criollo. There is also a take out section with a few seats if you just can't wait at the regular restaurant. This place is totally worth the wait! Read more
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronMay 1, 2012
    The place was very rustic and felt like u were in a small town beat up chairs and salsa in the background the food was good little pricey for arepas but nice for new York
  • Kate H.
    Kate HuyettMarch 31, 2012
    Amazing arepas overall but the Pelua is the standout, followed closely by Pabellon. If you order the Muchachos, it should be the first one.
  • Ignacio F.
    Ignacio FinolMarch 27, 2012
    It gives me an authentic taste of home, however it's cramped/understaffed. I think they're actually trying to suppress demand. Go to the Brooklyn one if you can. (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Eboni W.
    Eboni WashingtonMarch 18, 2012
    The best meal ever = Tequenos for appetizer and the Plato Cuyagua as an entree. (Add the Vista al Mar arepa if you're feeling gluttonous)
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 20, 2012
    This tiny eatery may be known for its ridiculously long lines, but the hearty homemade food is worth the wait. Each item is cooked to perfection…every time. It's always difficult to choose fillings! Read more
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BDecember 23, 2011
    One of my old favs! Can get crowded so check out if the take out version two doors down has seats. Their Billyburg restaurant is much roomier. Order the Pabellon!! mmmm....
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissDecember 18, 2011
    The 3 arepas to get: de pabellon (shreeded beef, sweet plantains, white cheese), la surena (chicken, chorizo, avocado), and la de pernil (roast pork shoulder, jalepenos, fried sweet plantains).
  • K@rTh!kk R.
    K@rTh!kk ReDd!December 4, 2011
    Try Los Muchachos, substitute chorizo with chicken, n add caramelized onions to it. Pour both there regular n hot sauce over it.... U'll love it...
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 10, 2011
    The consensus here is to order De Pabellon, and we whole heartedly agree. Shredded beef, black beans, and cheese stuffed into a pocket bun. You'll want to come back after eating here.
  • Alina K.
    Alina K.September 4, 2011
    Get the reina pepiada arepa and try one of their home-made juices. And don't leave without some guasacaca or cachapas...some truly authentic Venezuelan fare.
  • Natasha S.
    Natasha StorerAugust 31, 2011
    Arepas are small taco like meals of awesome! Go with small group, as always lines here. Absoulte fav in East Village. Can buy the special sauce in bottles to take home too
  • Snooty Waiter
    Snooty WaiterAugust 20, 2011
    Over an hour wait but two doors down is there take out spot that also has some seating. You might be able to grab a seat there. Friend Snooty Waiter on Facebook for NYC dining info.
  • Jonathon M.
    Jonathon MatthewsJuly 17, 2011
    For an App, go for the Yoyo's! For Arepas, the La Muchachos (A15) for meat lovers or La Mulata (A19) or Veggie lovers. Also, it is also about their special yellow sauce, I always buy a bottle for home
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BrillApril 25, 2011
    Im a vegan, and they have the most amazing arepa stuffed with tofu, black beans, and plantains. You can build your own. I also had a coconut shake, which was dairy-free. Amazing!!
  • Alisha R.
    Alisha RamosMarch 17, 2011
    Two arepas are definitely enough for one (although I'm small)! My favorite was the one with plantains. DELICIOUS. Appetizers are great too.
  • Penny H.
    Penny HardmanJanuary 4, 2011
    A personal favorite in the city. Great for lunch (good special) or a first date. If the line is long and the weathers nice, grab a beer from the bodega and wait it out paper bag style.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LongAugust 10, 2010
    Papelon, the perfect summer drink. #20 arepa, the La Surena. Obleas, tiny bit of dulce de leche sandwiched between 2 wafers, a tiny piece of heaven in every bite.
  • Metromix
    MetromixJuly 12, 2010
    Their best meal is in the name. Arepas, grilled cornmeal cakes stuffed with anything from cheese to plantains, satisfies any rowdy appetite. Read more
  • Mayumi A.
    Mayumi AndoJune 11, 2010
    start with the tostones mochimeros. the la del gato arepa is subtly sweet; light yet filling (and vegetarian). don't forget the sweet & spicy michelada to quench your thirst. Read more
  • Eatocracy
    EatocracyJune 7, 2010
    For a taste of Venezuela, chomp into one of these stuffed corn-flour arepas. Feeling indecisive? Try the La Popular sampler of three different, traditional varieties. Read more
  • Natalya R.
    Natalya RyumshinaMay 11, 2010
    This place always has at least an hour wait, what we did was leave our name and went to the bar across the street. Caracas Arepa does not take reservations and the place is very small but they are su
  • Jaunted
    JauntedApril 26, 2010
    Arrive before 7:30pm to get a table in 15 min or less. Otherwise we're talking 1.5 hour waits on Friday nights. Can't decide? Get La Popular platter & a Cocad
  • Taha E.
    Taha EbrahimiFebruary 22, 2010
    Little known secret: If you love the sauce, they sell it for $7 a bottle if you ask for it. If you like plantains, you will agree with my favorites: De Pabellon and La Mulata. The Pabellon also comes
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