On a quiet corner in Crown Heights, La Ñapa looks like your everyday coffee shop. But this casual tapas spot is actually a well kept Venezuelan street food secret hiding in plain sight. They specialize in arepas, blue corn tamales, and chicharron. Come for dinner or weekend brunch with someone who likes eating pork.
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Popina is a tiny, casual restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The food is a mix of Southern and Italian, and they do some great chicken and pasta.
The Turk’s Inn
The Turk’s Inn is a fun spot in Bushwick modeled on an old Wisconsin supper club. You mostly go for the atmosphere, but the food is pretty decent.
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Patacon Pisao is a tiny spot on the LES serving Venezuelan street food such as patacons (sandwiches with plantain discs in place of bread).
Cachapas Y Mas
This is the Inwood location of Cachapas y Mas, a Venezuelan that makes the best patacon in NYC.
If you’re in Astoria and you’re looking for some arepas, empanadas, and possibly a pitcher of sangria, try Arepas Cafe.
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El Quinto Pino
This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
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