Arepera Guacuco

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44 Irving Ave., at Troutman Street in Bushwick
Brooklyn, NY 11237
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347-305-3300

Cuisine: Venezuelan
Our Rating: ★★★★ Great
Cards: All Major
Price: $12- $15
Hours:
Mon 11:45 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:45 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:45 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:45 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:45 am – 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Brunch: None
Booze: Beer & Wine Only
Subway: L to Jefferson, M to Knickerbocker Ave.
Delivery: Yes
Menu: guacuconyc.com
Website: guacuconyc.com
Grub Street says:

Like Le Garage, Arepera Guacuco is an intergenerational affair. This time it was the son, Leonard Molina, who convinced his mother, Carmen, to move from Margarita Island, off the coast of Venezuela, to New York and to bring her traditional recipes along. Among them is the arepa pabellón, an old chestnut of Venezuelan cooking; here the pabellón has reached ideal form, the crust crunchy, the beef inside soft, the plantains sweet, and the beans touched by vinegar. The arepas are served fast and fresh at the crowded and slightly chaotic restaurant, but the rest of the menu – including B-sides like pabellón oriental, in which fish stands for beef, and a grilled garlicky king fish — is worth exploration too.

Thrillist says:

It’s easy to forget Bushwick’s Latin American influence when surrounded by yoga studios and artisanal coffee shops. But if you want food that speaks to the neighborhood’s history, head to Arepera Guacuco, a lively, family-run Venezuelan restaurant serving food so fresh and flavorful you’ll think you’ve just traveled to South America — all without leaving Brooklyn.

You’re here for the arepas, of course, which are small patties made from ground corn and stuffed with fillings like sweet plantains, black beans, and different kinds of meat. The dish dates back to the indigenous people of Venezuela, and even though Arepera Guacuco hasn’t been around for decades, the arepas don’t taste like some Bushwick-ified, ready-for-Instagram take on the traditional — these are real arepas.