Sunday, March 21, 2010

Caracas Arepa Bar

I've been meaning to check out Caracas Arepa Bar for a long time and now that my friend's Elien, Fich, and Floor live in Brooklyn, I figured there was no better time to finally see what Caracas was all about.  We were lucky enough to get a private table in the back of the restaurant's Brooklyn location, located near the Bedford Street stop on the L train -- again, perfect since Lauren and I were staying in the East Village by the L train.

When we sat down we were handed drink and food menus.  Our hostess was very helpful and I made sure to mention that I was eating gluten free.  Both she and our waiter were extremely helpful in guiding me in my selections; they told me that basically all the arepas on the menu was fine as long as I ordered it without fried plaintains.  It was also simple to order drinks as most of the restaurant's drinks were rum based!  I have tweeted to my followers about gluten free hard alcohols and have been told that all distilled alcohols are fine.  However,  I stick with rum and tequila because of bad experiences with vodka and other hard alcohols.

I went with an order of the De Guasacaca, which came with guacamole and cheese.  I really wish the photo I took came out well, becuase this arepa was pure heaven.  Unfortunately it is horribly dark and not even worth posting here.  For some great pictures and a description of arepas, check out the restaurant's description here.  I've taken one picture from the restaurant's site below.

Regardless, I'm a huge guacamole fan now that I live in California, having never been a particularly big fan before moving to Cali.  The arepa itself tasted great; it had a light crunch to it somewhat similar to a soft sandwich bread.

I will definitely be going back to Caracas next time I am in New York City.  I've heard that the restaurant's East Village location is smaller and I'm excited to check it out!

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Caracas Arepa Bar
93 1/2 E. 7th Street
New York, NY 10009 (Map)
291 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Map)

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