A patacon is a Venezuelan sandwich with fried discs of plantain instead of bread. At Patacon Pisao, you can get one of these sandwiches filled with meat, beans, fried cheese, special sauce, and a dusting of lettuce. It will be dense and filling, and, since there’s no bread, you could make the argument that it’s healthy. It isn’t, but who cares. Just know that there isn’t much seating here, and that this place also does things like arepas and empanadas.
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At Arepera Guacuco in Bushwick you can get thick corn patties filled with pork shoulder and plantains. That's reason enough for you to get there.
Caracas Arepa Bar
The Williamsburg outpost of Caracas Arepa Bar has a rum bar attached and lots of outdoor seating.
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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The Flower Shop
The Flower Shop is a restaurant on the LES with a 1970′s theme and a basement bar where you can drink amongst attractive people.
The original location of Patacon Pisao in Inwood serves great fried plantain sandwiches out of a food truck.
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