Barepas, the latest spot to arrive in booming Hamilton Heights, has opened its doors and already feels like a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Owned by Yency Perez (who owns a wine store further uptown) and his Venezuelan-born wife, Jen, the two-week-old spot at 1792 Amsterdam Avenue has been serving a limited menu while it waits for ConEd to turn on the gas.
The modern bites, including ceviches and "surgical empanadas," are inspired by Jen's homeland. A selection of arepas will be coming as soon as the kitchen is fully up and running, which should be soon.
In the meantime, there's plenty of room at Barepas' smooth stone bar and small wooden tables, where you can order from the wide selection of beer and 65 wines from around the world.