I've been to Warique twice in the last month and although it may not be a destination restaurant, it's a wonderful addition to the neighborhood, not only because the food is a little more refined than, say, Pio Pio or Flor de Mayo, but because the staff is warm and inviting, and obviously cares about the food and pleasing customers.
Warique has a full bar and the pisco sours are excellent. I'd start with the taradito ceviche (a large portion, easily sharable for 2-4 people), which packs some chili heat along with the proper balance of acid and fishiness (the corvino is cut in chunks perhaps a little too large and thick).
The rotisserie chicken is excellent, too (a whole chicken costs $12, with an assertive fruit-based marinade. Sides are ala carte. I tried the parihuela tonight, which was good but lacked the depth of flavor of the best fish stews I've had in Peruvian restaurants. The four mussels that came in the parihuela were excellent and not overcooked.
The saltados, aji gallina, and other Peruvian staples are all tasty. Warique offers several fish entrees that look interesting but I haven't tried yet.
Warique is open for lunch and delivers. The decor is simple but clean and inviting.
When you are seated, you are offered delicious, garlicky choclos gratis. The four of us snarfed them up quickly and when asked if we might have some more, we were brought a bigger container of them. And when we asked to take home some of the leftovers, the waitress brought us more containers of choclos for the road. it is this kind of sweetness that makes Warique endearing and makes me want to visit again soon.
Flor de Mayo
2651 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016
Warique Peruvian Kitchen
852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
re: Dave Feldman
We live a couple of blocks away, and have been there as a family 5 or 6 times. The tiraditos (particularly the crema de rocoto) and ceviches are quite good, and can be shared as an appetizer or even count as a main course (for $12), the lomo, aji de gallina, and the peruvian style fried rice are tasty and reasonably priced. it's a good addition to the neighborhood, though not "fine dining" in any sense. Good, moderately priced Peruvian food.