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G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St.; J, M, Z at Marcy Ave.
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- Brunch - Weekend
- Live Music
- No Alcohol
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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