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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The best BBQ in New York City resides in Red Hook, in a Texas-style dining hall of sacred smoked meats known as Hometown Bar-B-Que.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar snacks and entree sized plates.
Lucali is a walk-in-only spot in Carroll Gardens that serves the best pizza in New York City.
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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).
If you’re in Astoria and you’re looking for some arepas, empanadas, and possibly a pitcher of sangria, try Arepas Cafe.
Caracas Arepa Bar
The Williamsburg outpost of Caracas Arepa Bar has a rum bar attached and lots of outdoor seating.
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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.
Huertas is a Spanish restaurant in the East Village that makes every group dinner easier.
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