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Posted by REB on 02/09/2007
I intended to go to a favorite in Williamsburg but on impulse got off at the next stop on the L line which is Union Avenue. A quick walk around the neighbor on a very cold night led me to Chimu. I had never had Peruvian food but enjoyed Chilean, Columbian, Ecuadorian and Venezuelan restaurants and walked in. I asked for a Peruvian drink to start and threw myself on the mercy of the waitress. The very large Peruvian cocktail that came was more expensive than I had bargained for but was just amazing. My crusted fish with mixed seafood swimming in a rich, robust sauce was terrific. The service? Well, I was probably biased by the fact that the waitress was stunningly beautiful but the service was warm and attentive. The owner came by and checked that all was well at the end of the meal and could not have been nicer. I have dined extensively over the years all over Europe and this country, but I can truly attest that this place is a find by anyone's standards.
Posted by McClain on 02/01/2007
I've been here three times and each time the food is overwhelmingly good. Last time I went, service was painfully slow - about an hour from ordering to the arrival of the meal (although there was a very large party towards the back who may have gummed up the works). I was annoyed until the food came - it was worth the wait. I had the Jalea, which is hot, crispy, deep-fried seafood (crab, calamari, shrimp and whitefish) along with baked mussels in a fragrant pile layered with marinated red onion and sitting atop a small pool of just-acidic-enough sauce. My girlfriend was less happy with her roast chicken (I tried it and it doesn't have the deep-marinade flavor of Peruvian chicken I've had in Queens), but she declared the sangria the best she'd ever had and we spent some time trying to figure out why. There may or may not be vanilla in them, and that was as far as we got. We went on a bitter cold evening and the place does not appear to have the capacity to heat itself properly under such conditions - everyone around us, towards the front, was cold. But the crowd was a refreshing mix of latinos and white newcomers and far less segregated than the rest of the scene in Williamsburg.
Posted by peruvian guy on 01/10/2007
This is far and away the best Peruvian food in the 5 boroughs. Mancora and Coco-Roco, sad to say, are not even close. (And as a Peruvian, I know what I'm talking about.)
Posted by Anonymous on 10/17/2006
I have been here plenty of times and every time I come it's absolutely delicious, the service is great and the pisco sours are the best. I have brought a few friends here and now they bring their friends and so on. Every one I know that has tried their food loves it and always comes back. That says a lot!
Posted by Tyler on 10/13/2006
This is the first Peruvian food I have ever had, so I can't compare it to others. Regardless, It was friggin delicious. They had this dinner special when I went that included house wine, appetizer, entree, and coffee for dessert for only $18. I recommend gettin a real dessert though, delicious.
Posted by Peruvian girl on 09/03/2006
I have tried peruvian food, in diferent restaurant around the city, but chimu is the best, has the best food, it's like the one you would eat in peru. You should try the causa, and the tallarines a la huancaina, those are 2 of their best, but all the dishes are great.
Posted by Sue, Brooklyn NYC on 06/22/2006
I have been to this place 3 times and I have tried a variety of their food. For appetizers try the Yuka and Mussels that come with this zesty sauce, which is absolutely delish. As a main dish my favorite is the Steak with this peruvian cheese spaghetti. It was all awesome and it won't break your wallet. The atmosphere was eclectic and the service was nice. For the spanish people, please try some Sangria it was the best I ever tasted. I recommend going to this place early since it tends to get a little crowded later in the day. Oh! do not forget to try the seafood. Enjoy!!!!