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Corn meal! Beloved arepa joint opens - Brooklyn Paper

Corn meal! Beloved arepa joint opens

Here’s one of the arepa pabellons that will soon be sating Williamsburgers.
The Brooklyn Paper / Emily Lavin

Grand Street is about to get a whole lot cornier.

On Monday, Williamsburg residents Maribel Araujo and Aristides Barrios will open Caracas Brooklyn — a Venezuelan restaurant specializing in the stuffed cornmeal patties called arepas.

“Arepas are something you can eat every single day — they’re our bread in Venezuela,” said Araujo, who also owns Manhattan’s Caracas Arepa Bar.

The menu at Caracas Brooklyn will boast more than a dozen ethereal arepas, including the simple La Paisa (mild cheese, $4.25), the hearty La Pelua (shredded beef and cheddar, $6.25), and the upscale La Playera (fish, onions, peppers and herbs, $6.50).

Unlike the tiny Caracas locations in Manhattan, the new eatery between Roebling and Havemeyer streets will boast a full bar and seating for 75.

Filling those seats won’t be a problem.

“Young people who live here don’t cook too much at home, so they need an affordable and fun way of eating every night — and that’s what we’re hoping to be,” she said.

Caracas Brooklyn [291 Grand St., between Roebling and Havemeyer streets, (212) 529-2314]. Major credit cards. www.caracasarepabar.com.

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