Peruvian recommendations in Northern NJ (Kearny/Harrison/East Newark/Paterson)?
I'm looking for some top-notch, authentic Peruvian restaurants in Northern New Jersey. I know that there are a bunch of Peruvian eateries in western Hudson County (Kearny, Harrison, East Newark) and I have also heard about a large Peruvian enclave in Paterson (Passaic County).
Can anyone recommend a few Peruvian spots in these towns or elsewhere in North Jersey? I'm open to anything - hole-in-the-wall spots that specialize in one dish only (ceviche, roast chicken, etc) as well as places with larger, more varied menus.
Decor and ambience aren't important to me, but I don't want to go to any watered down, Americanized eateries.
The one place I've heard a few good things about is Oh! Calamares on Kearny Ave in Kearny:
Has anyone been to this place? If so, what did you think, and what dishes are recommended?
Thanks in advance for any tips.
I really enjoy Sabor Peru in Rutherford...the food and ambiance are both great, and they've got what I've come to learn are some seriously authentic Peruvian dishes.
They have a pretty full range of dishes; take a look on their website. I love the Ocopa, which I'd never heard of until I went there, and the ceviche we tried was stunning--fresh, bright flavors. Everything I've had has been delicious--including whole fish and bisteca. It's also BYO, which is a nice bonus!
Sabor Peru will always be my favorite. I've been a steady customer since it opened 2+ years ago, and have never, ever been disappointed. It's a fun, welcoming, small space. The ceviche is melt in your mouth, and I do my best to try different things on their menu. The restaurant is BYOB. There is also a large Peruvian community in the city of Passaic, although I couldn't help you with names of specific restaurants. In the past few years there have been a number of Peruvian restaurants that have opened in Route 3/Route 21 corridor, but I like to stick with Sabor Peru.
8 Highland Cross, Rutherford, NJ 07070
Right on Main Street, Clifton.....near the Paterson border is Aji Limon. I have not been, but I have heard only good things about the place.
For Peruvian Chicken and other dishes, Uncle Paulies in Maywood is a nice place for take-out...they also have a half dozen tables where you can BYOB and dine in. One rotisserie chicken is about $10 if I can recall correctly and they have Coupon Combo's for family meal discounts everyday on their menu
If you like seafood I would most highly recommend Locura Marina
6317 Bergenline Avenue, West New York, NJ 07093-1699
This is a Peruvian seafood restaurant. The ceviche is excellent. We had a Peruvian desert (whose name I don't recall) that was very good. It was made from the Peruvian purple corn, and if a reader is Peruvian they probably recognize it from this vague description. When we were there not all the staff spoke English, which I guess meant that it was truly authentic. With that slight handicap, it was nevertheless an excellent dining experience and I will be going back.
For those who might want to head south a bit into central NJ, here's a thread that will be of interest. There is some overlap with places already mentioned here. Note that the central Jersey thread is a little older and some of the places may no longer exist.