On Tuesday night, Pam and I braved the rain to have some Throwdown-winning arepas at the Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village. What's an arepa? It's a South American pocket sandwich made with grilled cornmeal cakes. They're crispy/chewy on the outside and soft/spongy on the inside, and they're stuffed with amazing stuff. One is good for a snack, but two are perfect for a meal.
1) De Pabellón: shredded beef, black beans, salty white cheese, and sweet plantains. 2) Los Muchachos: grilled chorizo, spicy white cheese, jalapeños, and sauteed peppers. 3) La Playera: shredded white fish, onions, peppers, and herbs. 4) La Mulata: grilled white cheese, jalapeños, sautéed red peppers, fried sweet plantains, and black beans.
Then we headed up to Momofuku for some dessert...because you need to counter something spicy with something sweet, right?
A shake made with doughnut-flavored ice cream and cereal-flavored milk fit the bill perfectly. It was absolutely delicious.