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Do you kow a good authentic Peruvian restaurant around NYC?

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Will drive if needed. Must have great ceviche!


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  1. I went to Mancora for the first time two weekends ago.

    The ceviche was pretty good and there was clearly a south American following there. I don't have an extensive knowledge of Peruvian food, but I think its safe to say this was pretty close.

    Was it awesome food? No. Was it good and inexpensive? Yes. I reviewed it on my website..


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    1. re: dkstar1

      I love love Mancora, though I highly doubt it is authentic. Their tamales are soooo good, I crave them often. With the salad that accompanies them, the corn nuts thingies and the plaintain chips, I can be quite full for little money. Oh and great mohetos.

      1. re: maxine

        I spent some time in Peru. Mancora is for the most part legit.

        It's a probably a bit more "pan-Peruvian" than you'd actually find in Peru because of how diverse and regionalized food is there.

    2. Sipan is amazing, everyone I went with was shocked how tasty & complex Peruvian food is. It's on Amsterdam Ave & 90th or 91st. Nice romantic atmosphere too & very good service.

      1. Lima's taste - I believe there are two locations, one in the East Village and one in the West Village. The food is great!

        1. The best Peruvian places are in Queens. You should do a search on the outer boroughs board and you'll find plenty of better options than the ones in Manhattan.

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          1. re: E Eto

            I agree with Eric, get thyself to Queens. (or Westchester)

            It's too bad La Pollada Laura on Northern Blvd. closed.They had some great ceviches, and jalea too.

            1. re: JMF

              also try Brooklyn - Coco Roco has one of the best peruvian menus, great rotisserie.

              1. re: secondbecky

                I went there several years ago and was highly underwhelmed. I remember being served something that was charred (something with liver, I think), and their pollo a la brasa was unimpressive. Has it improved drastically in the interim? I understand they USED to be good, quite some time ago.

          2. Flor de Mayo had perhaps the best aji de gallina I've had in Manhattan... which is always a good indication (imo at least) of great Peruvian, but we've only had it as delivery. Didn't try their ceviche. There are 2 loctions, one in the 100s and Bdwy and another in the 80's and Amstrdm. The one in the 80's (to my understanding) has an exclusive peruvian chef.

            PioPio for the chicken alone is delicious.

            Mancora was good, their ceviche delicious and they had a few varieties to choose from, but I found it hard to believe that it was truely authentic (at least as authentic as what my peruvian grandmother would serve).

            The outer bouroughs, specifically Queens, is where you'll find probably the most authenic Peruvian, though if you don't want to travel there are plenty of options that will do in Manhattan.

            1. I second Lima's taste. The best Peruvian ceviche i have ever had.

              1. My boss took me to one in Brooklyn...Can't remember it's name. How helpful am I? It was near Myrtle. Wonderful. Stay away from the one in the heart of Williamsburg though, near Sea. Not so good.

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                1. re: ACknowsStyle

                  Chimu! It is in Williamsburg and is amazing!

                2. Throw a rock in Queens and you'll hit one.

                  I'm only ever in Queens for work but I do Pio Pio Riko weekly. It's a chicken joint, tho the chicken is to die for. They do serve ceviche and I've heard its pretty good. I wish I knew some of the nice sit down places. But I'm suer there are plenty. On greenpoint ave in Sunny side below Qns Blvd alone there are 2 peruvian places, 1 or 2 columbian bakerys and a sit down ecuadorian spot by the BQE.

                  1. Coco Roco in Park Slope...5th ave between 6th and 7th st

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                    1. In Manhattan as far a Peruvian food goes I would go with Panca ( 7th ave and Brrow st) and Kion (6th st btw ave A and B) Panca is purely peruvian and its more of a ceviche/peruvian tapas place and its freakin great I would recommend the tiraditos and the ceviche mixto and norten~o. Kion is a Peruvian/Japanese place and has both ceviche as most peruvians like myself love and also "ceviche rolls" which I also love

                      1. You're s**t out of luck buddy. With 23 years of residency in the tristate area I have not been able to find a single spot that will serve you a REAL ceviche the way it should be prepared. Going to "Peruvian" restaurants in the city just angers me because none of them do our cuisine any justice. They are decent in taste but are light years away from the original dishes. If you want a real authentic ceviche I lament to tell you that you're gonna have to drive your car to JFK or EWR and fly to Lima. Don't listen to these other posts, I find them appalling. If you want a good ceviche or a tiradito your best bet is going to Nobu... I'm not kidding. (If you wonder why, then head over there and find out for yourself. Then ask about the chef) As far as Panca goes... it sucks(Pardo's was better before they started getting lazy and sucking as much as Panca and then getting replaced by a shittier place a.k.a. Panca).... that place blows, my mom cooks way better. I'd suggest you go there look at it so that you know never to go there again and then turn around and go right across the street to Sushi Samba and order yourself a Chicken Teriyaki con su aji amarillo y papas moradas.

                        105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

                        SushiSamba 7
                        87 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

                        92 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014