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Business 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.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 228-5062

Primary Phone: (212) 228-5062

Payment method
paypal
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Downtown Manhattan, East Village
AKA

Caracas Restaurant

Caracas Restaurant LLC

Caracas To Go

Categories
Latin American Restaurants, Caterers, Take Out Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caribbean Restaurants, Cuban Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Cuban, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Caribbean, Latin American

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Takes Reservations: No

Wi-Fi: No

Parking: Street

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05/07/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Sweet and Savory, Delish!

I've only tried the Arepa De Pabell?n, but it was outstanding. These sandwiches are made with corn bread, and this particular arepa had sweet platains, salty white cheese, black beans and shredded beef. It was served warm and was a great combination of sweet and savory. The only ""drawback"" could be the decor. It is a very casual place that's perfect for a quick lunch. I wouldn't recommend it for a nice dinner or anything like that. But if you want good food at a good price, then definitely check it out.

05/07/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
great food, but not wallet friendly

the arepas tasted amazing, probably some of these best food i've ever had. it's usually crowded at night for the dinner crowd, but luckily there is a ""take-out"" side for a quick fix.

for around $7 each, for what seems to be the size of a whopper jr, its not the best bang for your buck. maybe at $4-$5 it would make me a regular, but for now, a one time a week hit will have to do.

don't bother going on a fri/sat night, the wait for a table of two can be up to 1hr. parties of more than 2, don't hold your breath.

02/28/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Caracas Rocks!

People say good things are worth waiting for and YES, Caracas Arepa Bar is definitely one of those. We waited for almost an hour and finally got to sit down before 9.

this is the first time I had ""Arepa"" and it was amazing. They baked the bread and then grilled it. It was so crispy that I thought it was fried!

We got the De Pabellon arepa and La Surena. They were both juicy and tender. Also, we got a De Cazon empanadas. It was so crispy and the fish was amazing.

We couldn't stop but kept commenting on the amazing flavor and texture of our dishes. We would def come back for a cosy and yummy meal. Maybe To Go next door :)

02/20/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Good for a snack

Went here on a chilly thursday night. The place is extremely small, and was full when I went. Got seated in about 15 minutes.

The menu has many different arepas to choose from, all with different insides. I ordered no. 8 and no. 20. Both were very good, and arrived at the table hot, which meant they were fresh. I will say that the no. 20 had lots of garlic in it, and I'm sure my breath smelled for the next day or so.

Each arepa was about $7, which seems a little pricey for what ultimately amounts to a small sandwich. If these were more like $4 each, I'd eat here all the time

06/09/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Overpriced.

Coming from Venezuela I thought I'd eat a very tasty cachapa [a pancake made out of corn], but it wasn't really the same. This one was a watered-down version of it that fell apart as I picked it up. But I gave them props for having it in the U.S. since it's quite hard to make it over here anyway.

I do have to mention that the food is way overpriced though. For such a small arepa I had to pay $6.50. And the so called cachapa was almost $10, or more. Their water was warm, sometimes they took forever to refill the cup, and if they did, once again it was lukewarm water! On top of that they took forever to bring the food.

The place is really small. You literally sat next to each other. But nevertheless it's cozy and welcoming.

I'd go back again, once I made some more money. And just because I don't know any other Venezuelan restaurants in the city...

04/21/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
One of my favorites

My Venezuelan friend hipped me to this joint, and I go whenever I can. Delicious, delicious arepas, yummy other stuff too. Get the white hard cheese--it's the best. If only it were on the UWS!

02/13/2009

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Overall
This Ain't No Street Fair Mozz-arepa

Caracas is fantastic. The food is fresh, tasty, filling, and dirt cheap. We started with the tostones and the yoyos, both of which were amazing. My dinner partner and I then had two arepas each, which was way too much food. However, each arepa was superb...stuffed to the gills with the finest meats, cheeses, beans, and of course, plantains. Can't say enough about the place. Wish it were open late, as it would be perfect for a snack after a few drinks.

08/18/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Delicious, cheap and (literally) cheesy!

This place is fantastic and cheap. There are lots of vegetarian options, they don't use too many onions and almost every dish includes cheese (Dairy lovers take note: they serve fried cheese with a side of sour cream!) The arepa with avocado, plantains and cheese is my favorite. But it's not the sort of place where you linger --it's small and generally crowded.

07/10/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Amazing!

went last night for the first time, had the Arepa w. Avocado, cheese and platanos -- one word YUM! Highly recommended.

07/07/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Best tasting fast food.

My friend had introduced this place to me. We waited probably 4 minutes to get a table for two. The place was a cramped getting to the table. The vibe was exciting, alot of conversation and different types of people. europeans, latin americans, and your average downtown new york grabbing a bite. You can easily order two arepas if your hungry, it was the right savory taste. The cheese they used is fresh. Im definitely a fan of fresh ingredients and good service, which is what we got. Im headed there tonight with the boyfriend.....

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