Just to change things up a bit, I took a needed break from blogging. With summer feeling like it is already here in New York, I had to get my summer plans underway.. So far, I have a couple of places set that I will be visiting before I return back to work in September. More on that in the posts to follow...
Anyways, my last couple of posts were focused on my memorable trip to the Canary Islands. I still have about two to three more posts to do, but I decided to make a quick mention on a place I just recently visited in the Bushwick part of Brooklyn.
Now, if you have been following me for a bit, you would know my new found love for arepas. Fortunately for me, my friends have become fans of them too. One of them, Julieth (who has a blog here) recommended this place that just recently opened. She raved about the owner and the authenticity of the food. With my camera on hand, I was in!
Guacuco is located on the corner of Irving Avenue and Troutman Street. With the beautiful weather we have been having in New York, the big windows were a big plus. Looking at the menu, it was evident that the prices were reasonable which in NY is a major find.
The interesting thing about arepas is that looking at it, you may think “that is not going to fill me up”... Well, guess what.. It DOES!! For the table, we got the mini arepas (called Arepitas de Hailey con Queso) to share which gave us a glimpse of what was to come. Julieth and another friend (we will call her Stylefile NYC) got the Cocada which is like a coconut frozen DREAM. Wish I got the drink, but I was holding up for dessert.
For our meals, we got the following:
#11 A Parrillada (Grilled steak and chicken with onions and peppers)
#9 A Pabellón (Pulled pork with black beans and sweet plantains topped with shredded cheese)
#7 Reina Pepiada (shredded chicken with avocado and vegetables)
This dish is the #9 but as an open dish.
Overall, the food was authentic and filling. The only things that were unfortunate were: the water they served us was warm, the service was kind of slow and that the restaurant did not have certain items on the menu, like the shark (yeah, I said shark) and the dessert I was planning on having (La Marquesa de Chocolate). I was super disappointed about the dessert because if I had known ahead of time, I would have gone for the Cocado. I always appreciate a place when they warn you at the beginning of your dining experience that an item on the menu is not available or offer you a similar option. Well, we did notice that the owner was not there at the time of our meal, so maybe that's why my friends and I did not get the same experience that they had the first time. Well, I am willing to give the Guacuco another try ;)