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“Lunch in Venezuela (New York)”
Review of Caracas Arepa Bar

Caracas Arepa Bar
Ranked #252 of 14,732 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery
Neighborhood: East Village
Description: Welcome to our East Village home! Caracas Arepa Bar has been serving Venezuelan arepas on East 7th Street since 2003. Join us in our cozy dining room for lunch and dinner specials everyday, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. As any of our regulars will tell you, there's usually no way of escaping the evening wait at the door - but please, be patient and let us welcome you to a much deserved Caracas experience on the other side. Due to our limited space, we do not recommend parties greater than five people in our Manhattan location. We cannot accept reservations - all seating is done on a first come, first serve basis. Caracas Arepa Bar is proud to be part of the East Village community, and appreciates the customer loyalty within the neighborhood.
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We had a different but wonderful lunch here in the East Village. Cozy little place with a great appetizer of guacamole with yuca and plantain chips. The arepa sandwiches were very good and the michelada beer made a very refreshing accompaniment. Be sure to mix the michelada well with the beer or the syrup they use will be too strong at the bottom. Very reasonable prices.

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Thank DaBullsAtascadero
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

I went to Caracas Arepa Bar after having read the reviews on here. It's a great little place where the locals go. Service was very friendly and the food was lovely. I had the Arepa La Surena (which is filled with chicken, chorizo and avocado) and the yoyos (plantain). Both tasted great and was very filling. I'd recommend anyone a visit here at least once when you're in New York.

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Thank Lifeisalongjourney
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

This place is a real love for me....If you have never tried an arepa before you are missing out and this place has the best ones in town. My favorites include the Pelua (slow cooked beef with cheddar cheese) and the Gato (fried plantains, avocado and spicy cheese) topped with the amazing spicy house sauce (put this on everything!!) They also have a nice selection of cheap south American beers as well as juices that they make in house. The one drawback of this place is the space....While charming it may be it is TINY and you will know the people dining on either side of you by the end of the meal weather you would like to or not. Since it is tiny there is often a long wait and you will most likely see a crowd blocking the sidewalk on East 7th Street. For this I have 3 suggestions 1) go at an off time either early or late 2)Try the much larger Williamsburg location (same great food) or 3) If you’re lucky enough to live close by place a to go order....they taste just as good at home!

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1  Thank ngreten
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Delicious!!!!!!

We were so excited to try something new in the city that offers any type of food you'de like from any corner of the world. The night was made for Venezuela. Make way for the Arepas!

We were greeted by a friendly smile and set in the back of the tiny restaurant at their bar. Again, this place is really only good for 2-3 people. I would think it would be hard for them to accommodate a large group.

We tried their Ensalada Fresca which had watercress, cherry tomatoes avocado, yucca, cucumber, cheese and a passion fruit dressing. YUMMY!!!! We were offered a few suggested Arepas and went with the following two: Reina Pepiada which we were told was the most traditional and the La Mulata. Both were out of this world good.

The hibiscus iced tea is good but I dont know about $2.50 with no refills for the amount you get.

Overall, we loved the quaint and authentic atmosphere with its low key presence along with outstanding food and a side of friendly service. Cant wait to go back!

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Thank msbout
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Home away from home... and if you are not Venezuelan you will love it too. It has to be the smallest restaurant I've ever been to but I've never been so happy to be crammed in a tiny little table as long as I'm eating anything they make. If you are not familiar with Venezuelan food go with someone fun who likes to share and order everything on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank Daniela F
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