I am in the mood for a sandwich, but not any kind of sandwich. I want an arepa from Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village. If you have never had an arepa, you need to go. Now. It’s like a Venezuelan version of the English muffin, made with cornmeal, fluffier, softer, sort of like the texture of Asian steamed buns, but not as dough-y. It is sliced in half and filled with all sorts of goodies- roasted pork, black beans, sweet plantains, avocado, chicken, whatever. It’s FILLED, and you take one bite of these rich, complex arepas and there is a 97% chance you will have juices running down your chin, but you don’t care because that bite was SO GOOD, and you’ll just wash it down with fresh strawberry juice or maybe a cocada, a coconut shake with a sprinkling of cinnamon. My favorite arepa at Caracas is called “de Pabellon,” it’s filled with shredded beef, spicy black beans, a generous sprinkling of white cheese and sweet plantains. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and heat.
Caracas Arepa Bar, there are locations in East Village and now Williamsburg, BK. Visit their website here.