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Lima's taste: peruvian

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  • ivie Jan 15, 2004 10:27 AM

Thinking about going there tomorrow. Any comments about this restaurant?

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  1. I was there about 6 months ago and wrote some comments. I really enjoyed my meal and i definitely recommend. a cute, homey atmosphere. i hope you go and you enjoy.

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      Canchito (J. DiStefano)

      Lima's Taste is a cute space, the people are great but as far as good Peruvian fare the only worthwhile things are the Cuzquena beer and the anticuchos (grilled beef heart). I would avoid the ceviche. I gave it a chance several times. Either the fish was "off" tasting or the marinade was a thickish salad dressing like affair instead of a bright concoction of lime juice. I was also disappointed in their aji de gallina, chicken in a spicy cheese sauce.

      The good news is that if you've haven't had really good Peruvian it's not half-bad. The better news is that if they still have the decidedy non-Peruvian duck breast dish, then your troubles are over. Good luck.

      Eat on,
      Canchito

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      1. re: Canchito (J. DiStefano)

        never had peruvian. where do you recommend i get really good peruvian food?

        1. re: ivie

          Really good peruvian food? That is a tough question. Frequent travelers to Latin America often agree that Lima is the place with the best eats. However, in New York I haven't been able to find really good peruvian food. Unless you count Nobu's ceviche, tiradito and anticuchos. Ecuadorian star chef Douglas Rodriguez cooks some mighty peruvian dishes. I haven't tried Ola(304 East 48th Street ) but the menu includes Cebiche and Dorado “A Lo Macho”: spicy peruvian seafood sauce with shrimp, scallops and calamari .

        2. re: Canchito (J. DiStefano)

          I was gonna get the aji de pollo. Now I'm rethinking my decision. :\

          I don't like duck much... only roast duck and peking duck in chinatown. have you tried the pork chops or the paella? i love pork chops and paella but they sound kind of "blah" at a peruvian restaurant.

          well, we'll see how it goes tonight. :)

        3. Sorry to hear of others' bad experiences with the ceviche. I've been a couple of times, and had the paella each time. I thought it was great. But this was a few years back.

          1. Loved Lima's Taste! Excellent chicken dishes and pisco sours.

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            1. re: nycgourmet

              ditto.

              yeah for sure the ceviche isnt setting the world on fire, but we still get it and enjoy it. i havent gotten sick or anything, but i cant say its very memorable either. as far as mains every time we go i get the standard lomo saltado, which i inhale, so i cant say much else about the menu can i? ha. good pisco sours. all in all its a nice place and i'd rec it for my fav dish! fwiw lots of patrons in there always seem to be on first dates, its a date magnet type of place.

              1. re: mrnyc

                We had a great experience here. The best part of all was the price - it was quite affordable. I had a lovely salad with grilled chicken (I can't remember the name). It was light but wonderfully seasoned. I wish this restaurant was around the corner from me so that I could go more often!

            2. I absolutely love their grilled pork ribs... smothered with red onions, lime juice and cilantro, and served with fried yucca. A totally different experience than the american bbq ribs. This is what I always go back for. I also love the Chupe (soup), Chicken Causa.

              Their Ceviche Pescado is decent... simple and straightforwared. Much better than most of the ceviche in the city. Avoid the 'fancy' ceviches, especially those in the creamy or rocoto sauces. While it isn't really ceviche (really a hot appetizer) , the Ceviche Caliente is also quite good.

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              1. re: addym

                I've always been happy at Lima's Taste. When up for a little travel I head to Pio Pio Riko in Greenpoint, very good anticuchos, though I do prefer the yuca from Lima's. Pio's mixed ceviche plate is enough for 2 to share, it's a hole in the wall type of place but the food is very good.

              2. Update:

                I used to like their ceviche, but not any more. The fish taste like fresh water, it's tough, and not marinated enough. Their 'ceviche caliente' is note really seviche since it is grilled seafood, but was pretty good last time I had it...