Caracas Arepa Bar
93 1/2 E 7th St
(7th St and 1st Ave)
New York, NY 10009
Highly popular joint near St. Marks (right next to Luke’s Lobster), Caracas boasts an array of Arepas, which are these flat patties made of cornmeal. Caracas cuts them open and stuffs all kinds of yummy ingredients, like plantains and beans and shredded beef.
This one is the La Surena, which is an arepa stuffed with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado slices and the classic spicy chimi-churri sauce. Depending on the day, the arepa may be mushy from all the sauces. I like it when they really grill the cornmeal so it’s like a crispy shell.