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Aug 27, 2009 12:01 PM

Good Peruvian Food?

Does anyone know of a really good Peruvian restaurant in Manhattan?

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  1. Mancora
    YOu can get really good peruvian chicken at pio pio

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    1. re: smokeandapancake

      I beg to disagree.

      Last week I found myself in my old neighborhood and had dinner at Pio Pio.
      What a disappointment the whole experience was.

      I lived in the area years ago when the restaurant first remodeled and went from a take out place to a nice, albeit smallish, neighborhood spot for dinner.

      The place looks like it has seen better days and the walls are in desperate need of a new coat of paint.

      I stayed regardless, because I used to LOVE their tostones and roasted chicken. I wish I had left after seeing the poor state of the place, that way at least I could have kept my good memories of the place intact.

      The roasted chicken was no better than what you can get at the deli on any neighborhood supermarket. The tostones were cut too thick and not crunchy at all. The garlic sauce was OK, but that's about the only good thing I can say about Pio Pio.

      I am sorry to say that Pio Pio has lost any claim to excellence in any category.

      1. re: maria_nyc

        Dont apologize. I disagree and wouldnt even think twice about feeling sorry about that!

        1. re: maria_nyc

          when they were called pollo pollo i loved them. esp the papas rellenas

          1. re: maria_nyc

            I don't think the sides are the highlight but I still love their chicken. For sides, we usually go with the maduros and rice.

            sorry that you had a bad experience

          2. re: smokeandapancake

            Has Mancora notably improved in the last year and a half or so? I find their chicken fine for a place that's right near me but in no way exceptional, but I had some unsatisfying experiences with other items and the salad they provide with takeout is always partly rotten.

          3. I liked Lima's Taste in the West Village. It was recommended to me from a Peruvian transfer student.

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            1. re: tastyeating

              Sounds like a good recommendation. Any particularly interesting dishes there?

              1. re: Pan

                It has a lot of ceviche to choose from. I definitely recommend trying a variety of those. Otherwise, I remember getting the ribs and liking them alot.

            2. Chicken Festival in the UES. It's like Pio Pio, but way better. The seasoning of the chicken is better and the beans are so delicious with their seasonings. And it's pretty cheap!

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              1. re: dani108

                Better seasoning on the chicken than Pio Pio? This I have to try.

              2. Flor De Mayo's peruvian chciken is great and cheap.

                1. Panca's on 7th Ave. (formerly Pardo's, I think, right next to Mercadito Grove) is good for ceviche (fish and shrimp ceviches are better than the octopus), tiraditos, beef heart anticuchos and arroz con pato.

                  The ceviche, aji de gallina and escaveche I've had at Lima's Taste were pretty middle of the road. The service can also be woefully slow, especially when an especially absorbing telenovela episode is on the big TV in the dining room.

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                  1. re: cimui

                    Thanks cimui and welcome home!

                    1. re: scoopG

                      Thanks for the welcome home, Scoop. It's nice to be back!