When friends advised we would be dining at a Peruvian restaurant, at first I was a bit disappointed (considering all the great food NYC has to offer). But from the moment I walked through the door, Pio Pio was an outstanding experience. The front of the restaurant (upstairs) is small, narrow and dark...but suddenly a staircase, leading to a cavernous 2-story dining room complete with serpentine, reed-like bamboo affixed to the ceiling and walls, appears and the ambience makes you feel like you have found something special, full of fashionable and hip New Yorkers, free from the tourist traps near-by.
The menu is pretty straight-forward: roast chicken (not to be missed -- so moist and flavorful!), the Peruvian equivalent of chicken-fried rice (amazing), a beef dish with vegetables that was tender and flavorful, amazing calamari, and a spicy green sauce that is a great accompaniment to all of it if you handle the burn (it's on the table, as is salsa in a Mexican restaurant). The sides are also good -- rice, salad with tomato and avocado, fries and sausage. The portions are ENORMOUS (so family style is the key to ordering!) And the sangria is so good it's just plain dangerous (we enjoyed 2 pitchers). For 7 adults, including 2 pitchers of sangria (plenty for all...) and so much food we had a table full of leftovers, it was $215 before tip (a great value and a great meal). Truly a great find! (We heard about it from a local.)
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