Dish no. 89: La Del Gato Arepa from Caracas Arepas Bar (93 1/2 East 7th Street, 212-529-2314; 291 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-218-6050)
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Martha (184 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-596-4147) chef Andres Valbuena loves a challenge. The Venezuela native set out to travel after a short-lived career in graphic design, landing kitchen jobs with internationally acclaimed chefs like Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, James Beard Award-winnin ... More >>
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It might be hard to get tourists out to Rockaway Beach this summer, but concessions will be there even if the boardwalk might not be. At the Community Board 14 meeting on Tuesday night, the Queens Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski told the crowd that some amenities like lifeguards, bathrooms, a ... More >>
[See Where Else I Ate: Ai Fiori | Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] Congrats to lr3 who guessed Union Square Cafe. This is the yellowfin tuna burger with oozing ginger glaze on a toasted poppyseed bun.
[See Where Else I Ate: Ai Fiori | Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. Take a look at the photo below, name the spot that serves the pictured dish, and leave your guesses in the comment sections. (If ... More >>
[See Where Else I Ate: Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] I was eating the scallops and bone marrow at Ai Fiori. Congrats to foodforfel for guessing it right. Michael White's bone marrow is adorned with raw scallops, black truffle, and potato puree.
[See Where Else We Ate: Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar | Gastro Bar @ 35th Happy Monday. It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. Take a look at the photo below, name the spot that serves the pictured dish, and leave your guesses in th ... More >>
You guessed it JLee. I was grabbing dinner at Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village. It's delicious Venezuelan food. The crowds can get a bit intense sometimes, but it does have a take-out window.
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Some great guesses coming in for this week's Where Am I Eating?, but I'm not dining at Cubana Café, La Mar, Yuca Bar, Coppelia, Yerba Buena, Boca Chica, Ceviche, Caracas, Mamajuana Café, or Tertulia. Very close, but no cigar. Here's a clue to help you guess where I'm eating.
Lauren Shockey Looks like that last clue got us a winner. This week's Where Am I Eating? featured wall art from none other than Caracas Arepa Bar, located in the East Village.
Lauren ShockeyYou'll find a hint of fall in this butternut squash soup at Caracas Arepa BarButternut squash soup -- a hallmark of autumnal dining if there were ever one -- is slowly beginning to creep again onto our city's menus. In about a month's time, expect to see it at all the farm-to-a ... More >>
Between the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, Van Leeuwen's, and Butter Lane's Blue Bell ice cream, East 7th Street is shaping up to be a frozen treats fantasia. And next week it will get even frostier, thanks to the good folks of People's Pops.
Kristine Paulus/flickrTacos no longer the only game in beach town.Brooklyn Based has the details on the gastronerd paradise that will be Rockaway Beach this summer. And the plan sounds like a foodie hipster's wet dream.
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David Berkowitz/FlickrExtra nice with a dribbling lobster roll The food vendors lucky enough to win a spot on the High Line this summer are still being decided upon. But if the organization that runs the elevated park gets what they asked for in proposals due yesterday, April 14, New Yorkers ... More >>
Like this, but with sustainably sourced fish tacos.Back in February, Fany Gerson told us that she was thinking of partnering with Rockaway Taco to open a La Newyorkina concession stand on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. It her plans materialize, it looks like she'll be in good company.
Mexicans and the dark side
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
What's hanging above your sofa?
Time to invest in a pair of pants with an elastic waistband. The good folks over at Choice Eats have informed us that 82 restaurants and eateries are currently participating in what's shaping up to be the best tasting event of all time.
iStockphotoFood to please both your teen and youMarisa M. asks: I'm taking my young teenage cousin to dinner this week. Can you think of somewhere that's not too challenging that has like, yummy burgers or pizza and good people watching? Last time we went to Veselka. I want to take her to Mo ... More >>
True new Peru to chew
Sarah DiGregorio2000 people have opined on this soup When a restaurant quotes two-hour wait times, you know that something special is going on there. Nevertheless, it's rather surprising that Ippudo came in as the most popular restaurant in America on Yelp this year with nearly 2000 reviews. ... More >>
A South American restaurant bundles up its cheese children
It's Friday afternoon, and thus time to take a look over our collective shoulder, back at the week that was ... We ranked Our 11 Best Octopuses in NYC. Gabbana chef Ricardo Cardona talked modern Dominican food, why he hates being on TV, and how he manages six restaurants. This week's Top Chef: cr ... More >>
Guayoyo's arepa quesoArepas--the Venezuelan griddled corn cakes stuffed with various good things--can be had at two East Village restaurants separated by a bare three blocks. Caracas Arepa Bar has been open since 2003 and is so popular that they recently expanded to Brooklyn. Guayoyo opened a ... More >>
Harina Pan made this arepa awesome.A few nights ago, at Roneria Caracas in Williamsburg, a man was overheard asking about the signature arepas. He wasn't curious about what they came stuffed with or how much an order cost. Rather, he was interested in making them at home. The manager kindly s ... More >>
Older than 33 need not apply
Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine store to recommend a wine to drink at a nearby BYOB restaurant. They're asked to consider the cuisine at the restaurant and suggest an appropriate bottle for under $15. For this week's 'What to B,' we're looking for a bottle to go wit ... More >>
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