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Peruvian - papas a la huancaina`

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lindoca Jul 9, 2007 11:38 AM

I'm looking for a place in either Bklyn or Queens with great Peruvian food. I'm especially interested in a place that does papas a la huancaina. I haven't had it in a few years and am craving!

  1. sandrina Jul 10, 2007 11:45 AM

    I remember reading a post a few months back that spoke highly of Punto Fijo in Jackson Heights (south side of Northern Blvd., approx. between 85th and 90th Streets). The poster raved about the papas you're craving.

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      kenito799 Mar 27, 2008 06:58 PM

      I was just at Punto Fijo (march 2008) and it is going strong, solid Peruvian classics...carapulcra, seco de cabrito, ceviche, etc...and the antecuchos are to die for.

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        Jack Barber Mar 28, 2008 01:57 PM

        Ceviche as good as La Pollada de Laura's was? (I feel like that's the best [traditional Peruvian] ceviche I've had in NYC.)

        I've been in a ceviche slump for a couple years now, broken only by ballfields ceviche, which I like but don't find transcendent.

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          E Eto Mar 28, 2008 02:33 PM

          Among all the Peruvian places I've visited recently, Punto Fijo is probably the best of the bunch. They don't have the ceviche selection that La Pollada de Laura had, nor the fanaticism of the chef who instructed you to use a certain hot sauce for a certain ceviche dish, but for the basics, it's really quite good. And the other dishes that Kenito describes are all good. I need to get back there soon.

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            kenito799 Mar 29, 2008 03:37 PM

            yes, the Red Hook ceviche is Ecuadorean, which is similar to Peruvian ceviche but eaten in a bowl, almost like a soup. Punto Fijo serves it Peruvian style, with a cup of the leche de tigre alongside, yum! I am not saying it's the best ceviche anywhere, but it will do. The antecuchos (grilled beef heart) ARE the best I have had in NYC. PF also does classic Peruvian chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) dishes, and good fried seafood. Unfortunately, they only serve beer and wine, so you have to pop over to Pio Pio for a pisco sour.

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              Jack Barber Mar 31, 2008 07:55 AM

              Thx. I'll pass on the pisco but if the ceviche and jalea are good I'll give PF a try post haste.

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                kenito799 Mar 31, 2008 08:01 AM

                jalea is good (gigantic), but I prefer just getting the chunks of fried corvina...they do a great job

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                  apossibleworld Apr 1, 2008 08:15 AM

                  hmm I've always liked Chimu, but I do admit I don't know much about Peruvian food.

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                    LRS Apr 5, 2008 11:49 AM

                    it is nice to hear you like Punto fijo, since it's been my go-to peruvian for several years. i have a question, though: does anyone know how is El anzuelo fino (in Woodhaven) compared to Punto fijo? How is their aji de gallina? Do they have arroz verde by any chance? What about the quality of their ceviches?

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        ceets Jul 10, 2007 10:41 AM

        I've always had good experiences at Mancora on Smith Street. They do a great papas a la huancaina.

        1. E Eto Jul 9, 2007 08:19 PM

          Just about every Peruvian restaurant serves papas a la huacaina. The only places that don't are the ones that specialize in roast chicken or maybe the chifas (Peruvian Chinese restaurants).

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            fishermb Sep 4, 2007 03:31 PM

            Mancora has closed,unfortunately before I ever got to try it. Are there any other suggestions, preferably in the BK Heights/DUMBO/BoCoCa area? I've had a craving for good Peruvian food for dinner tonight and was hoping there might be something else nearby.

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            lizyjane Jul 9, 2007 03:38 PM

            Pio Pio Riko in Greenpoint has papa a la huancaina on their menu. It's not a fancy place at all but everything I've had from there has been really good. The address is 996 Manhattan Ave. It's near the India St. exit of the Greenpoint Avenue G stop.

            You could also try Chimu on Union Ave, though I've eaten there too and I didn't like the food quite as much as Pio Pio Riko.

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