Arepas are Venezuela’s version of the ultimate comfort food. The best thing about the arepas in New York City is the option of building your own! You can add a number of ingredients to this classic maize dough-based cake and enjoy your creation.
Arepas are rapidly gaining popularity and bringing a piece of Venezuelan goodness to the city.
If you’re curious about how they taste (they taste amazing), or have a craving just open up an NYC bus map and catch the next bus to one of these crazy arepa places!
Here’s a list of some of the best arepas New York City has to offer:
1. Arepas Cafe
This place offers you a complete Venezuelan experience with huge flags of the same, beach-like setting and a flat screen that is tuned only to football. The classic arepas at Arepas Cafe are thin an crisp with salty beef and bean stuffing with a side of plantain. Other options include roast pork, avocado and cheese. Warning: their hot sauce is really hot! Be sure to get the combo (two arepas and a drink) to get the most bang for your buck.
2. Arepa Lady
There was a lady with a little cart that sold the most amazing arepas on the street on weekends. Now she’s got multiple locations selling the same goodness! You can go for any of the four varieties on the menu. You can also add your choice of protein to go with your corncake: grilled chicken, chorizo, cheese and avocado or steak!
3. Patron Pisao
This is another inspiring and delicious story, a food truck selling Venezuelan snacks turned into a chain of restaurants. The arepas here are like burgers, except they’re too big to handle. the corn cake is grilled or fried, cut through the middle and are filled in the middle with ingredients of your choice. Choose from smokey bacon, pulled pork, ham, jalapeño and shredded chicken.