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Where can I buy queso guayanés in Manhattan?

AshleyM Mar 21, 2008 02:33 PM

I am hooked on the guayanés cheese in the arepas at Caracas--but I can't figure out a place to purchase it myself. Does anyone have any suggestions. I'm willing to travel, but the closer to East Village/Grammercy Park, the better.

Thank you!

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    javch RE: AshleyM Feb 7, 2009 08:40 PM

    You can find Queso Guayanes in a place called "Caracas Arepa Bar" near the south east corner of 7th Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan.

    1. bigjeff RE: AshleyM Mar 2, 2009 12:18 PM

      looks like javch did not quite understand the OP, funny. the proprietors at Caracas never give up the source of their cheese! I love it in their cachapa; favorite dish! but they did say it was some wholesalers so . . . . we'll see.

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        danielandresleon RE: AshleyM Mar 2, 2009 06:03 PM

        last i heard, Caracas Arepa Bar buys their cheese from Miami (theres a HUGE population of Venezuelans there).

        However, there is an online bodega with products from a bunch of S.A. countries.


        They have queso guayanes, and i would also recommend the following zuelan cheeses/products:

        Queso de Mano
        Queso Telita -- similar to guayanes in consistency, but cheese is almost compressed layers rather than a solid unit.
        Queso Palmizulia -- hard salty white cheese from Zulia, the state that borders Colombia
        Tequeños -- venezuelan version of mozzarella sticks, wrapped in dough rather than breadcrumbs
        Harina P.A.N. -- the best cornmeal-like product to make Arepas

        the cheeses are a perfect compliment to plantains if you havent tried the combination

        I've ordered from here a long time ago, and was very pleased with the products.

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          bigjeff RE: danielandresleon Mar 3, 2009 05:37 AM

          the guayanes is out of stock! but, great resource nevertheless; thank you.

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          Pan RE: Lin_Dah Jan 4, 2013 09:53 AM

          I've found that restaurant just OK, nothing amazing at all, but pleasant. Also, welcome to Chowhound. What other restaurants do you like in Manhattan?

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