Thursday, June 2, 2011

Guacuco: Arepas in Bushwick

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 ;)


  1. Replies
    1. Yes, I think they are amazing and totally appetizing.

  2. I've been reading the National Geographic magazine the last few days and came across a piece in New York which I found very interesting. It's about an old rail line which has been renovated into a botanical garden type thing, named the "High Line'. Have you been there? Would you consider that as one of the places to visit before you go back to work?

    Duncan In Kuantan

  3. Every time you have such lovely post on food you taste! Even it's morning I would definitely have one of this yummy plate.
    Have a great week-end!

  4. sooo awesome u were just in norway!!! what part?!?!?! :-) hope u have been well <3

  5. That coconut frozen drink looks AMAZING!! can I please get one?!?

  6. those arepas look amazing! i'll be in NYC tomorrow, i might have to go there for dinner!

  7. Hi...
    I think the food looks delicious, I hate you didn't receive good says alot about how tasty the food is, since you plan to return. I would love to try these dishes, having never tried some of them before.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Take care,

  8. This all looks so good!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  9. These food pictures are great!!!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  10. @ Sailor: Thanks :)

    @ That Chelsea Girl™: I know what you mean; looking at the pics again is making me hungry too ;)

    @ Duncan D. Horne: I would DEFINITELY love to check that out. If I get a chance, maybe I can go next week. Thanks for the heads up Duncan!!

  11. @ MarieHarmony: Thanks Marie; I appreciate your encouragement!! Hope you enjoy your weekend as well ;)

    @ Megan: I have been doing really well, thanks! Yeah, I was there for a week visiting a friend in Oslo. Loved the experience. Can't wait to hear about your time there :)

    @ sherri lynn: It tastes better than it looks!!

  12. Interesting review. My husband and I are heading to NYC next weekend. Our adventure will include many vegan and vegetarian restaurants. We love it there!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello. It's really nice to "meet" you.


  13. @ shay: You should check out my other posts on NYC as well, depending on where you will be in the city :)

    @ fishyfacedesigns: Always a pleasure to hear from you! Yeah, what can you do.. Sometimes, restaurants just have a bad moment. I'm willing to give it another try :)

    @ Courtney Erin: It was satisfying :)

  14. @ Bonnie: They are really great.

    @ The Closet Shopper: Great meeting you too; if you get a chance, check out my other posts on NYC. Hope it helps ;)

    @ Jill: It was..

  15. Oh my gosh... YUM! You take such great pictures. Glad you are back and I want to read more about your trip to the Canary Islands :) So glad you found me, and led me to you!

  16. Hi there

    Thank you for sharing such an interesting experience with great photos. I must admit I would love to try that drink:):) I am hoping to get to NY next year and will certainly look back on your posts for info:):):)

    Have a great weekend from a cool and rainy part of Australia.

    Olga from

  17. que hambre!!..Mmmm ñam ñam. lo primero tiene una pinta estupenda. un besoo.

  18. What beautiful photos, you made ​​me hungry!

  19. Hola guapa, gracias por tu comentario y visita! Me encantan las Arepas las comí en un viaje a Venezuela, son muy ricas!!. Tus fotos de España, preciosas.
    You have another follower now!.I would like to have new blogger friends!. I'm very happy if you follow me too.
    Besos, desde España, Marcela.

  20. You made me hungry :) Great post! I really like reading your blog. Maybe you want to follow each other?

  21. Seing all the pictures of food makes me hungry! great pictures! you have a great blog! please check out my blog and follow if you like, I promise to do the same for you! xx

  22. nice pictures all of them look so good, im going to New york this summer do you recommend any good restaurants?
    i just started my blog follow me on

  23. @ Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking: Thanks so much for following! I really enjoyed your blog and I look forward to seeing your future posts :)

    @ Olga W: I hope you do get to come to New York. Let me know if you have any questions and I will try to help you out :)

    @ Noe^-^: Sí, era todo delicioso...

  24. @ Rosy: That was the goal ;)

    @ Marcela Gmd: Gracias por seguirme; te estoy siguiendo también... Qué envidia... Arepas en Venezuela... Yo quiero ir un día a Venezuela. Solo el tiempo dirá :)

    @ Edgy: Yes, I would love that :)

  25. @ LOVE JOICE: Thanks so much!! I'll head over to your blog right after this comment ;)

    @ Mode Pour Moi: Check out all my posts on restaurants on the side here. Hope it helps and let me know if you have any questions ;)

  26. This food looks so delicious! I wish I was in New York right now to try all the tasty eats.

    p.s. Thank you for your sweet comment. I'm off to read some more of your posts! Rambles with Reese

  27. @ shopgirl: New York has amazing places to eat; I'm going to try to go to all of them :)

  28. Oi!!!

    Acabei de jantar e me deu fome de novo, rsrs!!! Quantas coisas deliciosas!!!


  29. @ Neusa Silva Vaz: Muito deliciosas ;)

  30. Argh, that Reina Pepiada - one of my favorite arepas ever! There's a place near my home back in the Canary Islands that sells delicious arepas, one that beats everything else: carne desmechada con mojo! mmm....

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