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In Search Of Central Jersey Peruvian

After a trip to South Florida, where we had some really amazing Peruvian food (Peruvian Grilled Chicken, Chaufas, Yuca al Huancaina (ANYTHING al Huancaina, actually), Ceviche, etc. etc. -- we are looking for good Peruvian food in Central NJ. Any hints here?

Some research turned up this place, but I can't find any reviews or even menus... I'm not even sure it's really Peruvian:

La Fogata
23 Georges Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ

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  1. There's a place on Main Street in Freehold Borough that opened sometime last year as a Brazilian bbq. When I drove by last week I saw a handwritten sign in the window that said "Peruvian Food" or something along those lines. I don't know the name of the place, but its down by the El Meson end of Main Street, but on the other side of the street.

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    1. re: jsfein

      Is this the same place as La Parilla? Or is it another restaurant? Where is it exactly?

      1. re: wench31

        Yes, this is the spot. I noticed driving through town this morning that it is no longer La Parilla, but there is a banner with a new name and its definitely Peruvian.

    2. Cucharamama
      233 Clinton St
      Hoboken, NJ 07030
      (201) 420-1700

      This place has been getting some decent press,though i've not tried it myself?

      1. I am not that familiar with Peruvian food (or restaurants) but I've heard and read many positive comments about Planet Chicken in Dunellen. It's on N. Washington Ave., just off Route 28. If you do a search, you'll find lots of personal reviews about this place. Here's a 2005 review from the Star-Ledger:

        http://www.nj.com/dining/reviews_ledg...

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        1. re: ambrose

          Planet Chicken has been there for quite a while now, I've heard same. There a corner restaurant in Rahway, across from the train station, that has a sign "Peruvian" but nothing else! dont know the name or if its any good. im going to have to investigate.

        2. Not strictly Peruvian, but Peru is included as part of their "Latin American" cuisine list. About 2 minutes off the Tpk, Exit 8, on Rt. 33 East.
          http://www.holycowgrill.com/

          Edit- Oh, wait, I see that you were the poster who started the Holy Cow Grill thread back in July after I mentioned it elsewhere. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/417975
          Well, in case anyone else is interested- it's a great little place, with good food at great prices, and I'd hate to see it disappear...

          1. Trentini's in the Roebling Market in Trenton includes Peruvian among their Latin American choices. Don't be put off. From the outside it looks like a standard-issue pizza place but in the back there are tables and a menu including a variety of ceviches, etc.