Table Talk: Pio Pio
03/03/2009 - 16:30 ||
Pio Pio Peruvian Restaurant
702 Amsterdam Avenue (at 94th street)
New York, NY 10025
Sun - Thurs 11AM-11PM
Fri & Sat 11AM-12AM
Since opening in Rego Park, Queens in 1994, this one-of-a-kind spot has been a favorite among New York residents of all different backgrounds. Since then, they have opened up an additional 6 locations throughout the city in Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. If you’re lucky enough to live in the area, be sure to take advantage of the delivery option, they'll bring a pitcher of their delicious sangria right to your front door! But be careful—it’s super sweet and more than two glasses will have you feeling a little loopy.
When I was introduced to this native Peruvian eatery I immediately loved everything about it. The warm décor, large wooden tables, and exposed brick give it a nice family feel. The service reinforces this focus, with dishes made to order family-style. The Peruvian style Pollo alla Brasa (Rotisserie Chicken) is what Pio Pio is famous for. For 4 people I would suggest the Matador Combo: Chicken Pio served with rice & beans, tostones, salchipapa and avocado salad ($30)—a great value for a big meal! The newest Pio Pio restaurants have additional side dish options like the savory Tamales ($6), Ceviche Mixto ($16), and my personal fave Corvina Inca, pan fried corvina in white wine, Dijon mustard and Aji Amarillo sauce served with mashed yucca and steamed asparagus ($18). Peruvian fare is very tasty cuisine filled with a variety of spices and herbs which make for dishes full of flavor. Check out this cozy spot and see for yourself why Pio Pio has been around for 15 years and is still going strong.