I know a couple of weeks Jim said that Pio Pio would be opening its 90th Street location any day. Anyone know if it has opened yet or when it will be opening? If open, any reports about the new location?
My husband and I ate there last night. The place is small and unadorned, but comfortable. When we got there, at about 6:30, there were only a few tables occupied.
We chose a $28 combination dinner for two: a generous salad topped with avocado, onion, tomato, radish and carrot slices; a platter of tostones (fried green plantain slices) with garlic sauce for dipping; yellow rice and red beans; an odd dish - the name was salchipapa or something like that - that consisted of crisp french fries topped with chunks of frankfurter; and a succulent barbecued chicken, cut up into serving pieces. Everything was fresh and good - particularly the seasonings used on the chicken - 'though neither of us could get into the frank and fries thing. I asked the manager about it and he said that this was a very popular dish where he came from in Peru.
We'll definitely return - the food was tasty, the price was right and it's only a block and a half from home! They deliver, too. Keep in mind - at least for now, anyway, they don't take credit cards.
Thanks for the great report, Dena. We should have warned you about the salchipapas. it's a food writing cliche to say that something's a taste worth acquiring, but this one may not be worth the effort (yes, I'm being snobby). Also, did you notice if they have pisco sours on the menu? Sure hope so...the Queens branch does 'em GREAT...like the best whiskey sours you ever had.
Hey, note the dates, folks...we had our first spotting of this location on 5/22/01, and our first dining report on 6/12/01.