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30 July 2018

Tu Cachapa


An ear of sweet corn, and a green plantain, both anthropomorphically smiling at passersby is how Tu Cachapa greets its neighbors in Washington Heights. From the awning this small storefront is easy to figure out, the gist of the menu is a mashup of Venezuelan street snacks and fast food.

Many Venezuelan eateries in New York City have adapted their foods for Dominicans, who are possibly the junk food soulmates of Venezuelans. In addition to the classics they always seem to have yaroa, the most junky of Dominican junk foods, on their menu and add ketchup and mayonnaise to places you would not see them if you were eating late in Caracas.

If you travel through Venezuela, you will see these sweet corn "pancakes" grilling on corner street-side stalls everywhere, usually folded in half like a Mexican quesadilla, and similarly filled with cheese. But here at Tu Cachapa, an order of the chicharrón cachapa ($8.50, above and below) is topped with lettuce, tomato and those more northerly condiments.

Other places uptown that serve these foods, including the amazing Patacon Pisao truck that remains one of our favorite places to go in the city, also cater to the demands of New York City's Dominican population, and that is not necessarily a bad mashup. There is just no way to separate soulmates after all.

Tu Cachapas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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