Caracas Arepa Bar [91 East 7th Street, New York; Menu]
From what I have read, this tiny place might be the only authentic Venezuelan restaurant in the city (except for its second location in Williamsburg). Caracas offers a variety of Venezuelan specialties, but the arepas (think stuffed english muffin, but made of corn flour) are the signature dish. After many visits, I have found my favorites to be the La Del Gato, the Reina Pepiada, the La Pelua, and the De Pabellon. The fillings here are fresh and flavorful, while the actual arepas are critical complements to what's inside. For appetizers, start with the Guasacaca (Venezuelan Guac) and the Yoyos. Finally, because this restaurant is so small and crowded, there is a conveniently located To Go cafe right next door. Here you can order all the same food without having to wait for a table, although they do have some seating. You will have to wait awhile for the food (service is notoriously slow), but it's worth it!