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Pio Pio Anyone ??

VinSin Dec 15, 2006 02:00 AM

Pio Pio is a Peruvian place that was recommended to me by a friend it's on 85th st & Northern Blvd in Queens.....
Great food and a cool little place... Love there Calamari appetizer and all the main courses are great too.....
Any thoughts ???

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    akazin74 RE: VinSin Dec 15, 2006 02:11 AM

    Agreed. pio Pio is great for chicken

    1. janie RE: VinSin Dec 15, 2006 04:17 AM

      Pio Pio is well known by us outer borough Queensfolk...and we've pondered the ingredients of their killer green hot sauce...they also make very good avocado salad, decent Sangria, and good flan....they just expanded to the corner with a takeout which is great..there is also a VERY small Pio Pio outpost we get takeout from at least once a week in Rego Park, on Woodhaven Blvd...

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        squinchy RE: janie Dec 15, 2006 02:06 PM

        I'm glad I'm not the only one who is flummoxed by what in that green sauce (which if allowed to I would undoubtedly drink by the pint!)
        I say: olive oil, garlic, chili pepper, cilantro, salt.
        I do notice it varies in spiciness sometimes.

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          danoots RE: squinchy Dec 15, 2006 08:53 PM

          a waiter told me the sauce uses jalepenos. I think it's a mayo-based sauce (or maybe egg/oil)...

          Pio Pio is our "easy home run" place when out-of-towners visit us in JH. It's cheap, delicious, fun, and has more ambience than most other restaurants in the nabe.

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            MKS RE: danoots Dec 15, 2006 10:46 PM

            While waiting for my picup at the corner I was told there is avacado in the sauce also.

      2. Linda RE: VinSin Dec 15, 2006 04:18 AM

        not to sound like a jaded poster, but:

        1) pio pio has been discussed to a bloody pulp here. please use the search button.

        2) a "cool little place" is not how i would describe pio pio - it's fairly big, crowded and noisy. plus, they opened another little place a few doors down.

        1. charlie_b RE: VinSin Dec 15, 2006 03:13 PM

          i haven't been to pio-pio (northern blvd) for a long time. my WDC-based parents were there more recently than me. they said that the prices went up significantly? same quality, but no longer cheap...

          can anyone confirm or deny?

          and yes, i wouldn't call it little, but i do like it's festive atmosphere and i also like the rooms, with the exception of upstairs which i find a little claustrophobic. but maybe that's because the service is slower up there.


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            melon RE: charlie_b Dec 15, 2006 03:52 PM

            one question I don't think I have seen answered is whether the Sunnyside location is as good as the original. I haven't tried it yet, is it important for me to trek out to Jackson Heights/Corona?

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              squinchy RE: melon Dec 15, 2006 05:27 PM

              Isn't that Pio Pio Rico, a different joint altogether?
              Though they also have amazing green sauce....

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                janie RE: melon Dec 15, 2006 08:54 PM

                there is no sunnyside location, that is not the same Pio Pio--I think it's Pio Rico you're thinking of--Pio Pio that we are referring to is in Jackson Heights on Northern Blvd and on Woodhaven Blvd in Rego Park.

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                danoots RE: charlie_b Dec 23, 2006 12:34 PM

                i still consider pio pio to be cheap. Whole chickens are $8, most sides are $3/4, avocado salad is $6, ceviche is $10...

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                  janie RE: danoots May 23, 2008 07:30 PM

                  Last time I went to Pio Pio, 2 weeks ago in Jackson Heights they raised their chicken breast price to $5 each, and $4 for takeout, used to be $3 for takeout. That's a big jump in price. Also the side of rice is quite small for $4. The avocado salad is a fair price, but they are not such a cheap dinner anymore. Used to get takeout all the time from Woodhaven, but once you get a few chick breasts and sides, it starts to add up quickly.

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                    Mike V RE: janie May 24, 2008 04:11 AM

                    I'm looking forward to today's opening of American Chicken (charcoal broiled chicken) at 78th & 37th Ave. Quarter Chicken served with two side orders (choice of 18) with soda and pita bread for $5.99. I've had enough of the traditional Rotissiere chicken including Pio Pio and look forward to a change and a change in price.

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                Johnleah RE: VinSin Dec 16, 2006 12:23 AM

                I love Pio Pio, great chicken, maduros, and ceviche. I actually remember the original on the Upper East Side (90th & 1st) when it was known as El Pollo. Just as good as the Jackson Heights outpost, but much much smaller.

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                  nobody special RE: Johnleah Dec 24, 2006 02:57 PM

                  There's a branch of Pio Pio on the UES on 91st and 1st. It's as you describe, just as good but smaller -- and more crowded!

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                  Mike V RE: VinSin Dec 23, 2006 04:37 PM

                  The other day I ordered to go an order of yellow rice and beans (two separate containers) and the green sauce. It was enough for two meals and well worth the $6.50. Absolutely outstanding. Next time, I'll also get the maduros.

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                    fiftyfootgirl RE: VinSin Jan 4, 2007 03:25 PM

                    Has anyone tried the Pio Pio that recently opened in Greenpoint on Manhattan Avenue?

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                      fruitspam RE: fiftyfootgirl May 23, 2008 02:42 PM

                      yup. this afternoon. i can confirm green sauce >= crack. amazing.

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                        Widmark RE: fiftyfootgirl May 24, 2008 09:40 AM

                        Do you mean Pio Pio Riko? It's a different restaurant, different chain, and imho, not as good as Pio Pio, but still great. The other Pio Pio Riko is in Sunnyside on Greenpoint Ave. Pio Pio has locations in Jackson Heights, on Woodhaven Blvd and I think on the upper east side, but it's the Jackson Heights location that's a big festive place.

                        But if Pio Pio opened another in Greenpoint, I stand corrected.

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