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Arepa Arepa

160 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.711456 -73.957834
nr. S. 2nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-388-5797 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: South American
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Official Website

arepaarepa.com

Nearby Subway Stops

G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St.; J, M, Z at Marcy Ave.

Prices

$5-$7

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Live Music
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

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This venue is closed.

Practically in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, this Venezuelan eatery fronts a sleepy block lined with laundromats and bodegas. Inside, a high pressed-tin ceiling lends the small spot an airy feel, while rough-hewn benches add a rustic touch. The goods here are straightforward but satisfying: twelve varieties of arepas, a handful of simple sides, and a rotating selection of hearty soups. Amazingly, there are two other spots hawking griddled cornmeal pockets within three blocks, but this one—opened in February 2009—distinguishes itself by offering mostly organic fare. Avocados and fresh fruit ripen in a big bowl on the counter: The former are mashed with roasted free-range chicken in one variation of the house dish; the latter are blended into imaginative smoothies like one with melon and lime that drenches you with refreshment and another that marries pineapple and cilantro to sweet, bright, cool effect. Other arepa fillings range from rock shrimp with aged white cheese to seasonal mushrooms with garlic. Use the sweet, chunky house salsa called “mojo” to cut the thick filling of the Pabellon, which overflows, like a South American sloppy joe, with pulled braised beef, black beans, plantains, and white cheese. There are occasional live music events here as well, and the restaurant stocks a small library of instruments for anyone inclined to play.

Recommended Dishes

Playa el agua arepa, $6; reina pepeada arepa, $5

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