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Lunch At Caracas Arepa Bar (Brooklyn Location)

Lunch At Caracas Arepa Bar (Brooklyn Location)

After we made our way through the hysterical chaos, Dara and I walked over to Caracas Apepa Bar for lunch.

The restaurant's interior space isn't frilly or fancy, but it does have one trait that most stuffy joints do not: a spacious outdoor patio. Obviously, being mid-December, Dara and I were not going to dine al-fresco but, nonetheless, it gave me a good reason to return during the warmer months.

After being seated at a cozy two-top overlooking the restaurant's outdoor patio, Dara and I were greeted by our stunningly-gorgeous, South American waitress. Trust me, if you weren't in the mood for Venezuelan cuisine prior to seeing and hearing her speak in her deliriously-sexy, native tongue, then I can guaran-damn-tee you of her powers to quickly make the arepa out to be the most foodgasmic delicacy that you never cared to try. Whew!

Prior to perusing the lunch menu, I ordered a glass of CAB's (Caracas Arepa Bar) "jugo naturale (natural fruit juice)" of the day: guava/mango. It was thick, but not syrupy - flavorful and refreshing, but not overly sweet. I loved the fact that the juice was served in a mason jar!

It took an unruly amount of time for Dara and I to finally come to a decision, in terms of what to order, food wise. However, with the aid of our waitress, we ultimately chose to split two, rather hefty, plates.

Yoyos: come on, with a name like "yoyos," how can you not want to order them just to say that you did? Hey, what did you have for lunch today? "I had yoyos. Why, what did you have?"
Joking aside, yoyos are fried plantain "balls" that are stuffed with salty, stringy white cheese. Without the accompanying maple syrup-like dipping sauce, I found the undressed yoyos to be rather bland in taste - as they were neither sweet nor, necessarily, savory. Meh.

La Popular Curiara (a platter of three arepas, split in half): while I found the yoyos to be mediocre, at best - the arepas, on the other hand, were dynamite. Here are the three versions that Dara and I chose to try:
La de Pabellon an arepa stuffed with shredded beef, black beans, salty white cheese, and fried sweet plantains
La Reina Pepiada an arepa stuffed with Venezuelan guacamole and shredded white-meat chicken
La Mulata an arepa stuffed with grilled with cheese, jalapenos, sauteed red peppers, fried sweet plantains, and black beans

The funny thing is this: of all three arepas, I actually enjoyed the chicken version the most. Quite the shocking conclusion coming from the mouth of someone who isn't a huge fan of poultry.

Needless to say, I found my experience at CAB to be positively unique, affordable, filling, and, most importantly, delicious.

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Read it & eat,

The Lunch Belle


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


Dining Out – CARACAS

Restaurant Review: This is the first of many restaurant experiences I will share. I will only talk about how good the food is and what I liked. Unless it was extremely bad, no reason to write about something bland. So I have picked one of my favorite establishments, Caracas Arepa Bar, located in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), NY. There are other locations, but this is my favorite. It has outdoor back yard! They serve arepas, which are toasted (outside), yet spongy (inside) corn-flour, pita-like pockets filled with goodness.

Arepas originate from Venezuela and are at the center of every meal. Caracas has fused the traditional with NYC sensibility. It contains anything from beef, chorizo, grilled chicken, Perico (Venezuelan-style eggs, scrambled with peppers and onions), avocado, Guyanese cheese, black beans, and much more. Most entree’s can be made vegetarian and Gluten-free. They also offer platters, salads, brunch, sidekicks and rum bar, Roneria Caracas. I love appetizers and tapas. It’s what my mom calls ‘grazing’. Any choice you make will be the right one. However, I have my favorites, so let me go into detail.

Roneria Caracas rum bar: The restaurant consulted Apotheke’s Orson Salicetti to create a rum-heavy cocktail menu, as well as gather more than 30 premium rums from the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. My favorite beverage is the michelada. They are perfected with exact amounts of spice and flavor in every ounce. Their recipe features Pacifico, lemon, housemade spicy panela and salt. I get a shot of rum for an extra dollar and pour it in the mix. Delicious and hard to just have one.

The guacamole and homemade plantains are great. They have 2 different kinds of plantains as sides. Croquetas are super tasty fried potato cakes of chorizo, corn & cilantro. My current favorite arepa is “la sureña“, filled with grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado & spicy chimi-curry sauce. For Brunch my go-to, especially if I want something a little lighter, is “la sencilla” consisting of Perico (scrambled eggs with pepper and onions) and white cheese.

I recently went there for brunch with my family, table of 6, and they had never been. Seating is quite roomy, but it gets busy, so they take reservations only at the Brooklyn location. We got there early (starts at noon), so we sat right down. During the nice weather there is sizable back yard with seating. If you are waiting, the rum tiki bar is at the front. We over-ordered, because my family is worried that we may not have enough. Needless to say, there were doggie bags. We all did a toast with a micheladas, and the extra shot. My mom doesn’t drink, so she was feeling nice. We all left with a sense of satisfaction, everything tasted great and the staff was incredibly friendly. So bring family, friends, dates, anyone who wants a break from the norm, with something for everyone.

291 Grand st.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.218.6050
Hours: Everyday 12-noon to 11-pm


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