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Arepas Factory Is Now Turning Out Venezuelan Grub in the East Village

Monica Muzzo and Chef Raphael de Garete (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Monica Muzzo and Chef Raphael de Garete (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Looks like Caracas has some competition. Over the weekend, a new Venezuelan restaurant took over half of the old Café Pick Me Up space on Avenue A and 9th Street. Monica Muzzo, owner of Arepas Factory, told us she wanted her menu to reflect both the traditional recipes she grew up with in Venezuela and the ethnic diversity of New York City.

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Rockaway Concessions Gain Roberta’s Pizza, Ice Pops, Fro Yo… But Lose Booze

So, yes, Rockaway has three new outdoor drinking spots – but what about the boardwalk concessions we already know and love?

The good news is this: Roberta’s has set up a mobile pizza oven on a short stretch of boardwalk on Beach 69th Street and will be slinging pies on the weekends, weather-permitting.
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