Caracas Arepa Bar is a Venezuelan restaurant in New York City that specializes in arepas. An arepa is a little flatbread bun that is stuffed with different meat, vegetable, and cheese fillings.
The restaurant is pretty small inside and not really ideal for large parties. They also have a little t0-go restaurant a couple of doors down that has a limited menu.
I had the de pabellon ($8) arepa filled with shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese, and sweet plantains.
The arepa bun is made out of corn flour, baked, and then grilled. It has a similar flavour to a soft corn taco, but the bun itself is thicker. It has a nice crispy outside, but it was rather soft on the inside.
The fillings of this arepa reminded me of a meaty chili. The beef was very tender and I loved the mild salty flavour the crumbly cheese added. My favourite part was actually the plantain inside. It was melt in your mouth soft and it added a hint of sweetness to the otherwise savoury arepa.
I was really happy that I was able to try something new that I have never experienced before. The arepa was unique and delicious and definitely worth trying. I would love to try all of the other flavours too. The one downside is that these actually aren’t that large, so one is an ideal amount for a small lunch or snack, but if you were starving, one may not completely fill you up.
Yes, for a delicious little snack.