Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, or, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of authentic Venezuelan cuisine at Arepa City near Restaurant Row in Midtown.
Arepa City's menu presents a delicious, gluten-free medley of Venezuelan delicacies. The arepas of the restaurant's namesake are flat, round, corn buns grilled (or deep-fried upon request) and served as spongy vessels for safely transferring comestible cargo to awaiting mouths. Load an arepa with pabellon, a Venezuelan staple comprising shredded flank steak, black beans, fried plantains, and white cheese ($6.75), or fill a hungry empanada with picadillo—ground beef and green olives ($4). A delectable black-bean soup topped with crema and cilantro ($4.50) primes the palate for a diverse selection of entrees such as the pernil asado, a slow-roasted pork leg served with fried cassava, fried plantains, and potato salad ($12.25). The platano relleno poses a titillating tongue twister with its picadillo-stuffed, deep fried plantains intermingled with mozzarella cheese and spicy cabbage personally picked by Peter Piper ($8.75).
Tasteful paintings and pale walls allow diners to focus on the carefully crafted fare in front of them. Like fishing trips and courthouses, Arepa City is BYOB, so guests can choose their favorite wine or beer to douse taste buds riled up after the flurry of exotic flavors.
Reservations are required, so call ahead to save your spot.
- Simply awesome spot! The food was outstanding, and the staff/owner were friendly and attentive. – Josh F., Yelp, 7/3/09
- The service was very good and the waitress happily answered all of our questions about the menu. The food was very good and the Latin music playing only added to the experience. – kmbsw, TripAdvisor