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itryalot Jul 9, 2009 09:30 AM

Your faves? Hard to find?

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    fabelmo Nov 8, 2009 03:25 PM

    chapatas y mas on 200 st and 10th ave in manhattan. THE BEST BEST BEST!!!!!!!!!

    1. Jeffsayyes Jul 16, 2009 03:43 PM

      what are the differences from these and the arepa lady? are they different regions? seriously, after the arepa lady and comparisons to cositas ricas, I have no desire to try other arepas than the street cart. I truly love the arepa lady and don't want to stray, but I have to admit that I have straying eyes and I'm intrigued again by other arepas.

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        bigjeff Jul 16, 2009 04:17 PM

        its almost a catchall term for corn-based stuff, griddled. every latin country has their own, they have their own variations, styles, etc. very different from the arepa lady's simplicity, these venezuelan-style ones at caracas are sandwiches with all types of fillings. its also drier, just different. can't think of another analogy. the colombian-style (?) ones at cositas ricas (is that the very bright diner-y looking place?) should be similar to the typical little arepita that come with chuzos, with platas de bandejas and other typical things; very different as well but then again, similar. the distinction is in the fillings and the "crumb" of their arepa. regardless, give it a try but be forewarned, easy to underestimate how rich they are.

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          itryalot Jul 17, 2009 02:44 PM

          Where is the arepa lady and her cart?

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            Jeffsayyes Jul 17, 2009 05:06 PM

            She is usually around 78th/79th st and roosevelt ave, friday and saturday nights
            but this weekend she will be at governors island.

            be sure to check her myspace page before you go.
            http://www.myspace.com/arepalady

        2. bigjeff Jul 15, 2009 12:21 AM

          I've been going for years and it doesn't fail to satisfy my homey, crunchy, greasy, filling needs for venezuelan-style corn cakes stuffed with all kinda goodies. plus that hot sauce. haven't been for about a year but, love that place. and while not an arepa, the cachapa is good there too.

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            itryalot Jul 15, 2009 07:55 PM

            What about the ones that beat Flay's in Throwdown? I just read this today and put it on a list.
            http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/0...

            1. re: itryalot
              bigjeff Jul 16, 2009 06:39 AM

              I didn't even write the name of the place I was thinking of! It is one and the same yes, Caracas Arepa Bar in the east village (and also in williamsburg on grand street).

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