Arepera in Bushwick
Need to a little quiet place for brunch or even a casual birthday diner try Guacuco. Gucuco is located in “hipsterville” Bushwick. They serve authentic Venezuelan cuisine. Their specialty is arepas. Arepas are like toasted tortillas made of coarse corn, they are crackly crispy on the outside and creamy and soft in the inside, stuffed with savories like mild guayanés cheese, avocado, and a seafood mix of clams, squid, and shrimp you name the meat they have it. The arepas come with a choise of three sauces: green guasacaca made with avocados, spicy picante nulo, and the house favorite, a traditional Venezuelan salsa rosada, which is a mix of ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard.
Guacuco is the name of a beach in Venezuela where owner Leonardo Molina was born. His mother Carmen is the cook. Carmen’s secret is that she makes her arepas super fresh. When she sees a customer walk in the door, she starts making the patties from cornmeal, salt and water. She pats them into shape, fries them on a griddle with a bit of oil, and finishes them in the oven. There’s beer and wine on this menu, but a more memorable drink is the papelón con límon, a traditional Venezuelan limeade spiked with molasses. The coconut milk shake is out of this world too.