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Arepas en NYC???

I'm wondering if anyone knows where to get a good Venezuelan arepa... maybe even a good cachapa!!
Any other hole in the wall latin joints would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks

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  1. caracas arepas on e 7th st

    1. Caracas Arepa Bar has everything your heart desires. I think Empanada Mama also does Venezuelan-style arepas, but as far as I know, they don't have cachapas.

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      Caracas Arepa Bar
      93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Empanada Mama
      763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: michelleats

        i'm a huge fan of Caracas. love it.

        Empanada Mama is too often very greasy. i used to work nearby and tried it a few times. i won't return.

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        Empanada Mama
        763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. re: coasts

          Oh, too bad! I haven't found the arepas to be overly greasy at Empanada Mama, but probably I have an unhealthily high tolerance or fat and grease and all the other good stuff that kills you early. I do find their arepas to be very filling. One arepa is enough for a meal, for me, unless I'm extraordinarily hungry.

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          Empanada Mama
          763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: michelleats

            I also never found them to be too greasy after half a dozen times. I've always found them to be lightly crisped on the outside, sweet and resiliently crumbly on the inside, with the cheese filling presenting a perfect salty/creamy gooeyness. With the astringent green heat of the salsa verde, it's a perfect combination for me.

          2. re: coasts

            Coasts, I went with a group of buddies to El Cocotero, tonight, and thought of you: These are arepas you'd like! They are greaseless, without being dry, almost the texture of iddly. I'll try to do a real writeup when I have more energy.

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            El Cocotero
            228 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: michelleats

              just marked it "Wanna Go"! thanks for the thought.

        2. Try:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1890...
          Cachapas y Mas

          http://cachapasymasnyc.com

          El Cocotero
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/340232

          Coppelia
          http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

          Cafe 81
          http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/0...

          Yerba Buena & Yerba Buena Perry
          http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/0...

          El Tequilazo
          http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

          Menupages also has a handy find a food search engine:
          http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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          El Cocotero
          228 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

          Yerba Buena
          23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          El Tequilazo
          43 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

          Krystal’s Cafe 81
          81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          Yerba Buena Perry
          1 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

          Cachapas y Mas
          107 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10040

          Coppelia
          207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. Empanada has delicious arepas. Their Mozzarepas (with some salsa verde) are the perfect accompaniment to copious amounts of beer (or even Diet Coke). The best thing is that if you crave one at 3 a.m., you're not out of luck. They're open 24 hours.

            http://www.empmamanyc.com/

            1. Thanks to everyone for the awsome tips! Can't wait to check some of these places out.