A little while back, I went to Brooklyn for someone’s birthday party at Full Circle Bar. Before we headed to the Brooklyn Taco Truck, a bunch of us stopped by Caracas Arepa Bar for a quick bite to eat. There’s another location in the East Village (next to
We had 6 people in our party and everyone ordered some arepas, but I wanted to try the sampler:
The “la popular” sample comes with three of their most popular arepas: La de Pabellón (shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese and sweet plantains), which is their most traditional arepa because they made on their Throwdown with Bobby Flay when they thought they were filming a show to teach people how to make arepas, Reina Pepiada (chunky chicken and avocado mix salad) – Lou’s favorite, and La Mulata (grilled white cheese with jalapeños, sautéed red peppers, fried sweet plantains and black beans). My favorite was the La de Pabellón; it’s a little heavy, so a perfect food for after a couple of beers. The plantains balance out the saltiness from the shredded beef and cheese and they also add a creamy texture to the crunchy fried arepa. The wait wasn’t bad for 6 people (around 10 minutes on a busy Saturday night) and the food came out rather quickly. Definitely worth a try if you’re in the East Village or Brooklyn!