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Where To Find The Best Peruvian Cuisine In NYC

Where To Find The Best Peruvian Cuisine In NYC

By Brian Hoffman in FOOD May 4, 2016 1:45 PM

Peru is often touted as the culinary center of South America. Its diverse immigrant populations (Chinese, Japanese, African, Italian, and more) have mingled with the traditional Andean culture to create one of the most unique and innovative cuisines. In fact, some of the best noted restaurants in the world are located in the capital of Lima.
Strangely, Peruvian food has not fully caught on in New York like some other countries’ foods. Even a well-regarded attempt by Peruvian legend Gaston Acurio to operate a branch of his legendary cevicheria La Mar in the Flatiron District lasted less than two years. That being said, there are some great examples of Peruvian food throughout the city. Here are the best places to get a sample of this incredible cuisine.

(via Zomato)

URUBAMBA Jackson Heights has the city’s highest density of Peruvian restaurants. One operation that has been in the neighborhood since 1976 is Urubamba, named for a town and a river in the Sacred Valley of the Andes. It still attracts a large number of Peruvians who come for the flavors of home. The large menu includes dishes that represent the distinct culinary styles of Peru’s three geographic regions. You can taste coastal dishes like leche de tigre (the potent juice from the ceviche) and tiradito (thin slices of raw white fish in a bright aji amarillo sauce), hearty mountain staples like ocopa (sliced potatoes in a black mint sauce) and caldo de gallina (a white hen soup), and a sweet ice cream made from the jungle fruit lucuma. And if you order in advance for a large group, it might even possible to taste the elusive cuy (guinea pig).
Urubamba is located at 86-20 37th Avenue at the corner of 87th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens (718-672-2224)

(via Yelp)

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