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Mar 11, 2007 12:37 PM

Salon Pio Pio

Has anyone tried the new Pio Pio on 94th & Amsterdam?

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  1. Did delivery. The chicken was liberally spiced, moist, and pretty crispy. Fries were disastrously tasteless, cold and soggy. Sliced avocado was obviously sliced and fanned out on a prior date. Special shrimp soup was quite good and rich, with a flat-out humongous crustacion, head-on, and head-up in the center of the soup. They should call it Loch Ness Soup. I'd really like to like this place, but it seems, like its Peruvian predecessor Sipan, to be merely ok - not particularly chowish. Though this IS a funky soup.

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    1. re: Skillet Licker

      They have the same problem with the sides/salads at the UES location. I try to stick to the chicken and sangria, although the calamari can also be great when they get it right.

    2. sipan and pio pio have the same owners - basically the same restaurant with a slightly different menu. the name change was an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of pio pio in queens since sipan was doing poorly (with good reason).

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      1. re: dadad

        Are you saying that there is no relationship between the UWS Pio Pio and the ones in Queens and the one on UES?

        1. re: Dave Feldman

          I think they were and are related. I seem to recall seeing matchbooks from Pio Pio at the old Sipan.

      2. Yes, we were there the other night. We thought it was great! Having lived in Lima, Peru for 14 years will keep us going there alot..... especially for the chicken, fries, salad, aji, and salchpapas! If you aren't too happy with it yet, give them time to get better. Peruvian cuisine is DELICIOUS!

        1. Here is the common wisdom re Pio Pio in Manhattan:

          1. Go to the upper east side Pio Pio for the chicken b/c it's delicious and cheap.
          2. Avoid the upper west side Salon Pio Pio because it's overpriced and, except for the chicken, the food is subpar.

          I've never read anything to the contrary.

          1. It's more or less like Sipan (which I liked) with the addition of the Pio Pio chicken which is good and inexpensive.