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Peruvian Specials at Flor de Mayo

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Along with the pollo a la brasa, the reason I like the 83rd-84th St. Flor de Mayo so much are the daily Peruvian Specials. Even though these specials have been the same for years, they are not on the menu (even though the menu has a box with "Peruvian Specials," which are permanent fixtures).

So here they are, with asterisks next to the ones that I think are particularly good:

Monday: Arroz Verde con Pollo (Peruvian style cilantro rice and chicken.

Tuesday: Estofado de res (beef stew with carrots, tomatoes and potatoes)

Wednesday: Pollo Al Horno con Tomillo (breast of chicken baked in wine and Peruvian spices topped with mushroom gravy)

Thursday: ***Adobo de Puerco*** (essentially a Peruvian take on the Filipino dish with Peruvian spices)

Friday: ***Chupe de Camaron*** (shrimp soup)
***Escabeche de Pescado*** (broiled filet of sole topped with onions in a sweet and mild spicy sauce)

Saturday: Seco de Cabrito (Peruvian style lamb stew, braised with cilantro and Peruvian spices) -- never had this

Sunday: ***Parihuela*** (traditional seafood chowder)
Carne de res Estofado "Goulash" (another beef stew variant -- I've never had this).

Most of the entrees run between $8-11 (the seco de Cabrito is $13.45). All are served with rice and Yuca. Big portions. One caveat, even on the starred dishes, is that the quality of the shellfish is only so-so -- the goodness comes from the spices and seasoning.

Occasionally, there are other blackboard specials, especially soups, and the spicy soups, in particular, are always worth a try.

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  1. Your posting suggests that these specials are not available at the Broadway (101st Street) location.
    Is that right?

    1. Unless it's changed recently, I'm afraid that's true. As I understand it, 84th St. has a dedicated Peruvian chef.