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Arepas Pues in Astoria

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Arepas Pues in Astoria

Zora | Sep 30, 2004 02:04 PM

I googled this resto, but it doesn't look like anyone's said anything about it yet. Very cute little place on 34th Ave. between 32nd and 33rd, south side of street (across from the now-defunct Peruvian bar, Gustavo's--sniff).

It's been there since last year, but seems to be getting tastier--or maybe I'm ordering different stuff: I had a super-delicious seafood soup last week, the Friday special, with shreds of fish and big chunks of sweet potato (which seems like the chintzy way to go about it, but it was a perfectly good flavor balance), and a nice limey broth that tasted distinctly of coconut. That was $9, and a pretty generous portion--split it with my boyfriend, then ordered a platacón, a big fried thing of green plantains mashed into a flat disk and topped with guac and chicharrones. The arepa (shrimp, guac, "salsa rosa"--russian dressing) was the weakest thing, but what the heck--still tasty. Good coffee, decent fruit shakes (clearly using frozen pulp, but that's what it's for) and nice salsa on the table. They do brek also, but I haven't been there for that.

The place is insanely small, with Botero prints on the walls and little knick-knacks on shelves. Also, Mercedes Sosa on the stereo. Basically, super-Colombiana, and very charming.

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