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93 1/2 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave. (East Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-529-2314 | www.caracasarepabar.com
BEST FORLunch; dinner
BARYes - small bar
PRICE (AREPA)USD 6.50-8
FAMOUS PLATESLa de pernil; guasacaca and chips
DRINKS AND WINEJuice; Venezuelan milk shakes; papelon con limon; beer; cocktails
# OF SEATS30-40
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
METROAstor Pl. (6); 1st Ave. (L); 2nd Ave. (F).
A slice of Venezuela in the East Village. It’s a rustic, homey spot, with exposed brick walls, tables topped in decorative vinyl, and a warm glow from the overhanging oversized light bulbs and exposed kitchen. The menu is small, offering plates of creatively stuffed arepas and empanadas as well as a smattering of traditional Venezuelan entrées and palette-cleansing cocktails. It’s consistently packed, but groups can often find additional seating at counters wrapping around the kitchen (where the sweet smell of arepas filters out to tease waiting patrons).
Foodies, South American enthusiasts, and friends out for a cultural lunchtime feast
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
This spot is super casual; try a colorfully patterned dress or skirt with cute sandals and a statement bracelet.
GO HERE WITH
A small group of friends; significant other; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
This tiny eatery may be known for its ridiculously long lines, but the hearty homemade food makes it worth the wait. They may be cheap eats, but each item is cooked to perfection…every time. And the choice of fillings makes it so difficult to choose!
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The presentation (the food is served in uninspired plastic baskets lined with wax paper).
Brooklyn (New York)
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