NYC Food diaries part 3

Caracas Arepa Bar

Another day, another feast. This time, it was lunch and it featured a tiny little Venezuelan cafe in the East Village. It was packed full of people and charm, with colourful Catholic statues, flowers and odd collected items smattered across bare brick walls, and little square floral vinyl table cloths.

We went to sample the arepas – small baked corn flour buns that I can only describe as a tasty cross of mash potato and pitta bread – but had to try the sides too; corn croquettas and plantain chips with guacamole didn’t disappoint.

The arepas themselves were interesting, unusual and delicious. I chose a filling of tilapia, pink pickled onions, radish and a parsley and oregano pesto-type sauce, but there were plenty of other meaty or veggie and cheesy options with beans, plantain, mango, pulled pork and avocado that all looked equally special.

The drinks here are worth a mention too. The cinnamon and coconut cocada milkshake was thick, indulgent and flavoursome, and the chilled sparkling sangria-style wine cocktail I chose was fruity and refreshing.

Cheap, quick and a flavour fiesta, the meal made a great lunch for two people with plenty of other things to explore in the East Village – and Venezuelan food is definitely a rival to Mexican!

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