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Jul 9, 2009 09:30 AM

Best Arepas

Your faves? Hard to find?

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  1. 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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    1. re: bigjeff

      What about the ones that beat Flay's in Throwdown? I just read this today and put it on a list.

      1. re: itryalot

        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).

    2. 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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      1. re: Jeffsayyes

        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.

        1. re: Jeffsayyes

          Where is the arepa lady and her cart?

          1. re: itryalot

            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.

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