Mon, 8am-4pm; Tue-Thu, 8am-11pm; Fri, 8am-midnight; Sat, 9am-midnight; Sun, 9am-10pm
G at Greenpoint Ave.
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Nassau Ave. to Ash St.; McGuinness Blvd. to West St.
Owners Oscar and Fredy Hernando Varela invigorate this Colombian arepa specialist and wine bar with recipes garnered from their childhoods in South America and frequent trips to Bogotá. Bright-yellow lights shine through wine bottles behind a bar covered by a large Colombian flag; artwork on the beige walls documents historical and political events, but eyes are on a small open kitchen in back. Here, cooks grill the unleavened cornmeal cakes and top them with traditional and more inventive combinations like chimichurri steak, cilantro shrimp, or vegetarian options like eggplant, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes topped with sofrito sauce. The unfortunately named tapas hybrid—“are(ta)pas”—let's you sample three arepas, miniaturized and paired with mixed greens. An anytime breakfast menu, featuring an array of egg dishes and frequent appearances by chorizo, shares menu space with French-inspired sandwiches on Balthazar Bakery bread. Set meals referred to as “clasico Colombianos” are a filling way to try a range of the authentic dishes. The Bandeja Paisa comes with a small steak, pork chorizo, a fried egg, garlic-and-scallion perfumed rice, plantain-infused beans, a plain arepa, fried sweet plantain, avocado, and a salad. Complete the feast with a voluminous glass of delicious white sangria or any of a variety of South American and European wines.Recommended Dishes
Llanera arepa, $9; cordillera arepa, $8; white sangria, $8