Arepa: A flat, unleavened patty made of cornmeal which can be grilled, baked, or fried. In this case, stuffed with yummy goodness.

So after those cupcakes at Butter Lane where Yun and I were all sugared out, we walked down the street and ahoy! Arepas! I always crave them at the street fairs in the city, but they’re always so damn expensive! But then we examined the menu to find their lunch special at $7.95 for both a salad and any arepa! Score!

Their salad was mildly disappointing because it was literally drowning in dressing. I thought those white sticky things were cheese, but they’re not… Hearts of Palm or whatever I think? It’s a decent salad, but quite forgettable..

Then the arepas came out! It was so exciting. They’re a bit smaller than I thought, but they’re stuffed to the brim. It was pretty filling.

La Sureña: grilled chicken and chorizo, avocado slices and the classic and always enigmatic spicy chimi-churri sauce, SPICY! ($7.00)

Yun’s take on her arepa:

  • Good but not great. There should have been cheese to keep everything together. It was pretty dry despite the chimi-churri.
  • The chimi-churri tasted weird with the rest of the arepa.
  • The arepa itself (the bread) was a bit too try for her liking.

Los Muchachos: grilled chorizo, spicy white cheese with jalapeños and sautéed peppers ($6.25)

  • The chorizo was wonderful. Memories of Madrid came back. They give you lots of chorizo.
  • Look at that thick slice of cheese! The cheese really helped the flavors stand out. It’s a bit salty and spicy.
  • I loved the jalapenos and peppers, but they were all on the bottom. Hence why my last bite left me with a burning sensation
  • I thought the arepa itself was indeed a bit dry, but the filling made up for it.

So there you are, two takes on the arepas on different ends of the spectrum. For some reason, mine seemed to be alot more oily than Yun’s and it was just dripping down onto the wax paper with each bite.

It was so cheap! The average guy would probably have to order two to leave the place full. Our server was extremely charming so we left him a nice tip. I’d bring out-of-country friends here because I’ve never seen arepas served anywhere else. They have a location in Brooklyn though. If you come here at night, be prepared for a wait because the bar is just one long strip with perhaps 10 tables at most.

91 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10009
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